It has been over 2 weeks since the World Arc Rally departed St Helena Island.
The World Arc Rally is an annual event where a fleet of yachts circumnavigate the globe, covering over 26.000 nautical miles.
There are two main legs of the Rally where participants, both experienced and non-experienced, can choose to make a full circumnavigation by joining in St Lucia, or sail half a Rally by joining in Australia.
The first leg of the journey starts in St Lucia, Caribbean via the Panama Canal and ends with participants cruising along the Great Barrier Reef. The second leg of the journey starts from Darwin, Australia via Richards Bay, South Africa onto Brazil and ends with the final prize giving in Saint Lucia.
St Helena is included in the second leg of the journey.
On Saturday, 6 January 2018, the World Arc Rally fleet departed Cape Town and commenced their journey to St Helena Island.
Following favourable trade winds, the first yacht, Arabela, reached James Bay on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 at 8.15am.
This year’s Rally comprised of Monohull and Catamaran yachts which were skippered by many different nationalities.
A group of 11 yachts – Altair, Arabela, Aurora, Lexington, Owl, Sandvita, Skyelark, Solo, Take Off, TullaMhor and Zeeland visited St Helena with the Rally.
Various on-Island activities, including Island tours and musical entertainment at the Mule Yard, was organised to entertain the participants.
World Arc Rally Events Manager, Victor (crew member of the Arabela) told Saint Travel Ltd:
“I felt very privileged to visit this Island only accessible by sea until not so long ago. Very surprising Island once you drive more inside, very colourful and of course full of history.”
Following a 72-hour stay, the fleet departed on their final leg of the journey to Salvador, Brazil.
From the fleet that left St Helena, all yachts to date have made it to Brazil.
Since the departure of the group Rally fleet, two yachts – Ashia and Toujours Belle arrived in James Bay and will sail independently to Brazil to re-join the fleet.
It is anticipated that the World Arc Rally will be completed in April 2018.
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