ARC in St Lucia
Position 14:04.48N 60:56.96W
Date 2359 UTC - 4 Saturday 18 December 2010
(All times in this entry refer to local time, UTC -4 unless stated as UTC)
We have spent a week in
Caduceus was given an excellent berth alongside the main gangway.
During the week the majority of the other boats arrived, by the time of the prize giving on 18 December there were only 6 boats still at sea that were making their way to St Lucia. The Rodney Bay Marina became a very jolly and sociable place.
One of our tasks whilst in
With the party in mind we purchased a quantity of sparkling wine in
I was mainly occupied with boat matters but
I assume that the cry coming from
And then, of course, was the shopping with a trip to the market in
Her are friends Su Brook from the Oyster 56 Sulana and Celia Sharpe from the Moody 54 Alice getting the retail experience first hand.
Finally we got to the prize giving, always one of the major events of the ARC. We knew that we were not in the prize money for sailing performance but there were lots of other prizes to be given. We got almost to the end of the second half of the evening and then the penultimate award, The Arch Marez Trophy for a unique contribution came up and there was a mention of a double handed boat and bagpipes being played as it crossed the start line, not many fitted that description. We were both delighted and surprised. Apparently my rendition of Auld Lang Syne as we crossed the start line was clearly heard on the bridge of the Spanish warship that was the start boat and went down well, especially as the Mate had to steer through the mass of other boats whilst this went on.
The first photograph shows us on stage. You can see how well the ARC
team laid things on. For every prize awarded there were suitable photographs
projected onto the backdrop. You may be able to make out the two of us, taken
on the finish line and Martin playing the pipes in
We had to give the large cup back but have a small one as a memento. We also won a weekend in the Windjammer Landing Resort which we will be able to take up later in the season when we return up the island chain.
This was a happy ending to a really great experience. Thank you to the World Cruising Club and the ARC 2010 team.