Last night kicked-off the tail end of the ARC program with the IGY General Managers party at Rodney Bay Marina. Over 200 yachts were in as of last night, and the event was well-attended.
IGY sponsored the event, which was held on the lawn near the northeast side of the marina, just near the entrance to J-dock. IGY staff had a tent set up across the lawn (which thanks to the fine weather on the island of late, proved unnecessary), and decorated it with papier mache creatures big and small. Guests were greeted by World Cruising Club staff who handed out colorful Carnival-esque masks and sprinkled glitter on people as they strolled through the gate, which was a life-size papier mache dragon.
Inside the party, a local band played live Caribbean-flavored music, dancers took the stage and by late in the evening most of the guests were thoroughly enjoying themselves.
"By the time I got there, just about everyone had taken to the conga line," said one participant who arrived late.
Participants of ARC 2011 were encouraged to invite friends and family to the party. Cold beer and rum punch was served, as was red and white wine from several drink tents, while hot food was on offer as well. Outside the party, the ARC Village remained in full-swing, and participants had many food choices.
The band played late into the evening, and the event didn't wind down until well after midnight.
This morning in Rodney Bay marina crews are continuing to recover from last night. No new boats are expected to arrive today. Only Integrity, Annie, Pied a Mar, Minaxi, and Porto Santo remain at sea, and all are expected to arrive before the weekend is out.
This afternoon, the ARC program continues with Chris Doyle's 'Cruising the Caribbean' seminar at the Palm Haven Hotel at 1500. Free tickets are available in the ARC office.
Tomorrow evening is the annual costume party at Pigeon Island. Prizegiving is set for Saturday at the Gaiety nightclub in Gros Islet.