With a flurry of arrivals over Thursday, Friday and Saturday there are now 175 yachts that have finished their crossing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.
Some forty yachts are still at sea, and are expected over the next week before the finish line closes on Friday for the prize giving on Saturday.
As the last of the afternoon sun sank towards the horizon on Saturday an armada of dinghies went out from the marina to meet T/S Tenacious. As she rounded Pigeon Island with the setting sun reflecting off her set lower square sails she made a magnificent sight, not only for those on the water in a swarm of dinghies around her, but also many spectators ashore, along Reduit Beach.
Having helped in a number of incidents at sea during the ARC, including the manufacturing of a jury rudder for F2, ARC participants were keen to greet the crew in the true spirit of the ARC, especially as Tenacious is too large to enter Rodney Bay Lagoon.
Tenacious will remain at anchor in Rodney Bay today before continuing her busy schedule planned for the Caribbean season.
Another notable arrival on Saturday was the "Girls for Sail" crew in their yacht Toana, a Hallberg Rassy 42. Once over the line the girls changed into their mermaid costumes, making a splendid sight as they arrived in Rodney Bay Marina.
All the crews are enjoying a fun packed programme in St.Lucia, with a day of activities by the beach at the St.Lucia Yacht Club, and Spinnakers Bar on Sunday saw a second arrivals cocktail party at the Buzz Seafood Restaurant and Bar, whose proprietor Pat Bowden is a long standing supporter of the ARC in St.Lucia.
Some yachts are taking the opportunity to head down Island to explore the St.Lucian coast line, calling into Marigot Bay and anchoring off the Pitons, before heading back to Rodney Bay for the prize giving next Saturday.