Amanda Faye Clarke
Monday, November 23, 2009 – Officials at the Saint Lucia Tourist Board
and the IGY Rodney Bay Marina are elated over last weekend's successful staging
of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) flotilla.
Over 47 boats sailed from Port Castries to the Rodney Bay Marina Sunday,
signalling the official start of the ARC in Las Palmas.
Minister for Tourism, Senator the Honourable Allen Chastanet, says the Atlantic
Rally for Cruisers is here to stay. “I know on a regional basis, if other
people could have the ARC they would take it, and I think that there was some
speculation that the ARC would be moving; but with the advent of the new Rodney
Bay Marina, I think we have put that notion to rest. Saint Lucia is going to
remain the permanent home for the ARC,” Chastanet said confidently.
Minister Chastanet says the ARC flotilla has become a significant feature in
Saint Lucia's hosting of the ARC, and as such the Ministry of Tourism is already
putting together a special events committee, to begin planning more interesting
activities to encourage more community participation. “What we are to do, like
in the years past is keep the ARC exciting. I would like to see some additional
events added to the ARC—perhaps organize a flotilla to certain parts of the
island, to the spread the business to other parts of the island as well,”
The first fleet of vessels participating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers will
arrive in Saint Lucia on December 3, 2009.