Deputy Prime Minister Ernest Hilaire has spoken of an Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2023 while praising the event’s post COVID-19 rebound.
The Deputy Prime Minister said, “The ARC this year will be big, really big. It has rebounded very well after COVID.”
Currently, Saint Lucia is preparing to welcome the first ARC boats on the island this year. Around 150 yachts that are participating in the 38th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers have already left Gran Canaria sailing towards Saint Lucia. The yachts will reach Saint Lucia after covering a distance of around 2700 nautical miles.
Hilaire said that the event is essential to Saint Lucia. He said that it is an excellent opportunity for the yachting sector to come to the forefront. The minister said that the event also provides the country with an opportunity to make Saint Lucia as a preferred destination for yachts.
The ARC yachts are expected to start arriving in Saint Lucia at the end of November. The yachts will arrive at IGY Rodney Bay Marina of Saint Lucia.
Deputy Prime Minister Ernest Hilaire said that the marina and the Rodney Bay area will come to life with all the yachts arriving.
Furthermore, Hilaire also said that efforts are being made to attract more yachts to the island of Saint Lucia.
“There are some developments that will take place in terms of attracting more yachts to Saint Lucia, but surely, by the time we do our budget announcement, we’ll say some more about this,” said Ernest Hillaire.
The event is being looked forward to with great excitement by the citizens of Saint Lucia. Preparations can already be seen by the authorities and locals alike to welcome the arrival of the yachts en route.
After the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the first time that the event has seen such a huge participation of yachts visiting Saint Lucia.