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Contact: Amanda Faye Clarke

Thursday, November 19, 2009 – Plans are running full steam ahead for Saint Lucia's hosting of the 24th edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)--the world's largest annual trans-ocean sailing event. This year’s race which starts on Sunday the 22nd of November, is organized by the World Cruising Club (WCC).

The St. Lucia Tourist Board has teamed up with the Island Global Yachting (IGY) and the Rodney Bay Marina, to stage an array of activities for ARC participants and locals.

Speaking at the official launch of the ARC Wednesday, newly appointed General Manager of the Rodney Bay Marina, Adam Foster, says there is a great amount of energy and enthusiasm already generated for this year's activity.

“This is one of the great events on the yachting calendar, so it's fantastic for Saint Lucia to be involved. On that note, we would like to remind the local community that it is as much about them as it is the yachters. I'd really like to see local people come down, as they have in the past, to support the Digicel ARC in the Park, and be really involved in it.”

Social Secretary of the St. Lucia Yacht Club Danielle De Rouck, says her organisation has finalised plans for the annual flotilla—an event held locally to signal the official start of the ARC. The event has to date registered over 35 boats.

“We are inviting all the boats; they can join us for free and can come together in the Castries harbour on Sunday morning, 22nd November, from where we will sail to the Rodney Bay Marina. We will be welcomed at the H2O Restaurant and get some food and drinks together and have a good party,” De Rouck said.

This year, over 250 yachts will compete in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, sailing from Las Palmas to Saint Lucia.

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