7 January 2023
Nowadays the Earth ARC 2023-24 fleet established off from Saint Lucia at 12 midday beginning their journey of a life span subsequent decades of dreaming, considering, scheduling and preparations. 19 yachts took the commence from the 23 robust fleet and their accumulating out in Rodney Bay built a excellent spectacle as the initial leg of the 12th edition of Earth ARC bought underway. On the docks ahead of departure, crews wished a single another very well for the voyage and explained their ultimate farewells to the friendly employees of the firms around IGY Rodney Bay Marina who have aided put together them for today’s begin. Environment ARC 2023 crews represent different nationalities, ages, motivations, and dynamics, and so in amongst the severe preparations this sort of as safety checks, seminars and briefings, this 7 days has been about getting to know new cruising close friends, who’ll be jointly for the a lot of months in advance.
More than 50 rally supporters assembled to see off the fleet, accompanied by nearby media and the Race Committee onboard the maritime police vessel ‘Protector’. The rally crews gathered their lines and produced their way out of The Minimize toward the starting spot in Rodney Bay. As sails ended up hoisted forward of the pre-start off sequence, the ‘liquid sunshine’ arrived with a squall adding to the continual 15-20knts of breeze forecasted to whisk the fleet away from Saint Lucia’s shores.
Despite the fact that Planet ARC is a rally not a race, welcoming opposition was now obvious as Salt (SWE) and Lover of the Mild (Usa) ended up about the class begin line as the horn was blown, and it was Mistral of Portsmouth (GBR) officially leading the way throughout the start out line. The relaxation of the fleet followed in shut succession leaving Rodney Bay keeping the Barrel ‘O’ Beef to starboard and then making their way alongside the coastline down to Castries. On achieving a turning mark, the fleet gybed away from the Caribbean island which has hosted the commence of their experience boosting their downwind sails to make the most of the wonderful trade winds.
2023 sees a new facial area at the helm of World Cruising Club with Paul Tetlow formally using more than as Running Director and he was out on the drinking water in Rodney Bay to bid the World ARC 2023-24 fleet farewell, “This is an interesting time for this group of sailors as they established off on their next sailing experience. From our experiences of main former Globe ARCs, we know these participants are confident of some excellent sailing, some warm welcomes to new nations and some entertaining and fascinating exploration ashore.”
“These are also remarkable moments for Entire world Cruising Club as we start out the New 12 months with Environment ARC 2022-23 just leaving Cape City, South Africa, creating its way to Saint Lucia in April, and the ARC January fleet at the moment in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, planning for their Atlantic Crossing to arrive in Saint Lucia at the conclusion of January and early February. As just one fleet is leaving, other people are building their way listed here to Rodney Bay!”
The start out currently marks the conclude of a superb programme for the Environment ARC crews in Saint Lucia. The programme would not be doable with out the support of quite a few community organisations. Planet Cruising Club and the Entire world ARC members would like to thank the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Events Company Saint Lucia, IGY Rodney Bay Marina and the Saint Lucia Yacht Club for all their generous guidance.
Future end for the fleet will be Santa Marta Marina on the Caribbean coastline of Colombia. The stopover is one particular of the most well known on the World ARC route, with lots of excellent food, extraordinary seashores and heat hospitality awaiting their arrival. They can assume good trade wind disorders along the way with occasional and isolated squalls normal of ocean sailing. The boats really should start out to make landfall from Wednesday 11 January. All those nonetheless to depart from Rodney Bay, Considerably, Hoka Hey, Leviathan and Sara of Stockholm hope to be underway shortly and capture up the fleet.