2012/2013 World ARC Rally Closes in St Lucia
Many people wear a smile as they arrive in St Lucia, enjoying the warm Caribbean climate and stunning Piton views. Perhaps, none more so than the crew of 20 sailing boats which arrived this April, as their entrance marked the end of a sailing adventure spanning the globe.
The port of Marigot Bay, St Lucia welcomed the sailors onto dry land for the last time in their 15 month adventure, which has seen them sail 26000 miles, across 3 oceans while visiting 17 countries. This is an outstanding achievement for all the sailing crew involved, a crew which represented 12 nationalities.
The World ARC Rally began in January 2012, when the a 31 strong fleet embarked on the their adventure from the very country they are returning to. A sum of 39 vessels took part in the event manned with crews of over 200 people. The 20 sailing boats which returned to St Lucia completed a full circuit of 26000 miles, with 19 other vessels joining the voyage for specific stages around the world.
A poignant aspect of 2012/2013 World ARC Rally was the use of Yellowbrick 3 trackers which were on-board each ship involved. These GPS trackers transmitted the geographic position every 4 hours and allowed online spectators to monitor each boat’s progress as they circumnavigate the world.
April the 13th formally marked the events closure with a prize giving. One of the most touching stories of this sailing adventure was the success of Harold and Christel Ertl. The married couple both aged 71 completed the circumnavigation with no other crew members, showing age is no barrier for the World ARC Rally.
Continuing the success of the 2012 Rally, the next World ARC Rally is scheduled to leave the shores of St Lucia in January of 2014. over 40 skippers and crews plan to take part claiming to have already commenced their preparations.
For more information on this event visit http://www.worldcruising.com