ARC+ First arrival into St. Lucia
Congratulations goes to the Outremer 64’ Malisi (AUT), the first ARC+ boat to cross the finish line in Rodney Bay St Lucia after a fast 2100NM passage from Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands. All eight crew onboard were in great spirits, having enjoyed their ten days at sea and are now looking forward to enjoying the delights of the Caribbean.
Having lost their primary means of email not far out from Mindelo, the crew onboard Malisi did not have a clear idea of where they were in relation to the rest of the fleet, but hoped they were making good progress. This technical fault may have proved effective, as the next arrival is not due for over 24 hours.
‘We really didn’t know where we were most of the time, but it meant we kept pressure on from start to finish’ – Reine, Skipper of Malisi.
As Malisi sailed round Pigeon Island and into Rodney Bay, the Sun was just rising over the Island making for a fantastic welcoming sight. Crew were congratulated by Rally Control out on the finish line who then assisted them to their berth inside the marina. Once alongside, representatives from the St Lucia Tourist Board presented all participants with a glass of the infamous Rum-Punch which was enjoyed by all. Local press and media teams were also on the dock to take some photographs and interview the crew after their Atlantic crossing.
We look forward to welcoming the rest of the ARC+ fleet to Rodney Bay over the next week.