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Location

Rodney Bay is situated on the north west coast of Saint Lucia and is a popular holiday and yachting centre. It is also the home of the ARC Finish Line and always very crowded with yachts in December.

Position 14°04.73′N, 60°57.37'W (marina/harbour entrance)

Security: Thefts of locked dinghies and outboards from yachts anchored off Reduit Beach continue to be reported here. Be sure to "lift it and lock it, or risk losing it". Petty theft from boats in the marina and lagoon seems also to be on the increase. See Piracy Reports for further details. As of January 2015 the marina have introduced new security protocols. See Report by IGY Marinas.

Clearance

See Noonsite/StLucia/Clearance for the details.

All yachts must contact the dockmaster on channel 16 upon approaching the marina at which point a slip will be assigned. There is no docking charge if only coming to clear.

On arrival, the captain must go to the marina building and report to Health/Quarantine on the ground floor, Customs and Immigration upstairs (open 08:00-12:00, 13:00-16:30 every day including Sunday, except Friday when it is open until 18:00).

The crew must not disembark until formalities have been completed. There is no docking charge if only coming to clear.

If a visa-on-arrival is required, then a taxi trip across the island to the international airport in Vieux Fort (1 hour) is necessary.

The channel leading into Rodney Bay Marina has a maximum reported depth of 13 ft (4 m).

Arriving with Pets - See Noonsite/StLucia/Pets for the details of the requirements.

Last updated April 2017.

Customs & Immigration Office
Tel:+1 758 452 0235
Opening hours: Sat to Thurs 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Docking

Rodney Bay is the yachting centre of Saint Lucia. The bay is over a mile long with a man-made causeway at its Northern end that connects Pigeon Island to the mainland.

Rodney Bay Marina

Within the bay is a large, completely protected inner lagoon, accessed via a narrow channel. This lagoon - known as Rodney Bay Marina - is dredged to 13ft (4 metres) in the main channel and at the main docks, so yachts with a very deep draft should proceed with caution.

Rodney Bay Marina is an official port of entry and also the ARCs (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) Caribbean home. It has the island’s only boatyard for pleasure craft with haulout facilities for yachts up to 75 tons. The boatyard is part of the same organisation as the Marina with a range of workshops and repair services.

The marina is a "five star" facility. Yachts are encouraged to contact Rodney Bay Marina on VHF prior to entering the channel, to get information on possible obstacles on the approach and to arrange for a slip.

Do not connect to water or electricity points before visiting the marina office. (Marina primarily 220V electricity with 110V at selected docks. - transformers provided if required.

Mooring buoys are available in the lagoon next to the marina. A tender service is provided on a request-only basis for owners flying out who need to be transferred to the marina and upon their return. There is no regular tender service; owners should use their dinghies for transfers between their yachts and the marina.

Waterside Landings

This is a mini-marina inside the lagoon with around 15 alongside and stern to berths (slips).

The Landings

This resort with private marina is located closer to Pigeon Island and has 17 slips for rent by hotel guests.

Anchoring

If you’re planning to anchor out at Reduit Beach, Gros Islet or Pigeon Point, the Marina is the most convenient port of entry into Saint Lucia. If anchoring here, as mentioned above, be sure to haul your dinghy and outboard out of the water and lock them to the boat at night. There is very limited or no anchoring possible in the lagoon.

Security

Thefts of locked dinghies and outboards from yachts anchored off Reduit Beach have been reported here. Be sure to "lift it and lock it, or risk losing it". Petty theft from boats in the marina and lagoon seems also to be on the increase. See Piracy Reports for further details. As of January 2015 the marina have introduced new security protocols. See IGY Marinas Report.

There is a VHF Morning Net for Cruisers here on Ch. 68 at 0830. Great for security info., taxi shares to the airport, local info. and advice etc.

Last updated April 2017.

IGY Rodney Bay Marina
PO Box 1538 , Castries , Saint Lucia, West Indies
Tel:+1 758 572 7200 Fax:+1 (758) 452-0185 ,VHF Channel 16, 68
Full facility marina with 253 berths (slips) including approx. 20 superyacht berths. Mooring buoys with a tender service are now also available for more cost-effective berthing. 24 hour security guard and "smart card" system under development. Within the Marina’s complex there are restaurants, boutiques, banks with ATM facilities, public telephones, a car hire company with internet facilities, a supermarket, a car rental agency, duty-free chandlery, LPG, hot showers and bathroom facilities, fuel berth and various repair services.
To increase security and prevent petty crime the marina discourages marina berth holders taking guests back to their yachts, particularly at night.
The Landings St. Lucia
Pigeon Island Causeway , Rodney Bay , Gros Islet, St. Lucia
Tel:(866) 252-0689 FREE / (758) 458-7300
Luxury beach and marina front apartments from one to three beds ranging from 1200 to 3500 sq ft. Private marina for owners or guests staying at the resort. Up to 45 berths from yachts 55’ and smaller depending on draft.
For Hotel information see the website & e-mail addresses. For property see the website and e-mail info@landingsvillas.com.

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Yacht Clubs

Saint Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC)
P.O.Box 764 , Castries , Saintt. Lucia,W.I
Tel:+1 758 452 8350. Cell: +1 758 461 9920
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 3pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-7pm.
Situated on Reduit Beach, Rodney Bay. Free snacks on Friday's 5pm-6pm. Great BBQ lunches at weekends.
Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 30, 2017 10:10 PM

Reported by Pete Davenport:
I recommend an alert to cruisers regarding the ATM at 1st National Bank in the Rodney Bay Marina.
I was just reviewing my bank card statements for Feb - May 2017 and noticed that I was double billed for three ATM transactions. My suspicion is that this is also a card skimming problem. The transactions are too old for my credit card company to do anything about it.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 16, 2016 01:42 PM

Posted on behalf of SY Starblazer:
I can strongly recommend Egbert Charles of Marintek in Rodney Bay, St Lucia for engine work. He originally trained as an Electrical Technician, crewed on large charter boats and re-trained as an Engine Mechanic, including training at Volvo Penta in Sweden. He reviewed and then imported parts for me and several times checked that I knew what to do with them, at no extra cost.
He recommended:-
Prudent at Prudent Repairs for refrigeration work. He did a good quick job fixing my leaking O ring on his first visit and returned the next day to check the result. He also arrived a few hours after I originally phoned him. This was towards the end of the season!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
May 31, 2016 12:22 PM

Rodney Bay Marina Management have stated they will make no comment on matters which they are investigating.

NautiBuoy
NautiBuoy says:
May 10, 2016 11:44 PM

Chinaman is NOT to be trusted. We were in Rodney Bay Marina to take delivery and fitting of a Hydrovane. We asked the marina to supply a fitter. They sent Chinaman who assured us he had fitted them before. It was an expensive disaster. He messed up almost every aspect of the fitting and it was clear by the end of the job that he didn't know what he was fitting and refused to look at the instruction manual. He insisted on cash payment. The fitting failed and we had to have the whole job done again. Rodney Bay Marina, while not unsympathetic, have been no help in resolving the problem claiming it was a private arrangement between us and Chinaman. My advice is don't let this guy anywhere near your boat and if you want to have work done at this Marina get absolute confirmation they are taking responsibility for that work.

TimesTwo
TimesTwo says:
Aug 19, 2015 04:28 PM

Sailing the Caribbean since 2004. St. Lucia a beautiful Island but there are cautions, as with every island. Rodney Bay is fast becoming thee place for reliable repairs. I have always found, that in a pinch, new cruisers should check with personnel at Sunsail/Moorings for recommendations. Senci working for Sunsail on the Docks is my go to guy, and has never let me down. As mentioned above, there are people that are not qualified. Vision has been around for years, and in my mind, is not a bargain. Prices are too high, the work is marginal and he tries to ingratiate himself into your life for 'extras.' I used him as our yacht caretaker one hurricane season, and it was a disaster. The marina does try to regulate the independents, but sometimes it goes wrong. The crime is no more than other countries, and they do seem to get after it when it flares. The only thing I bitch about in St. Lucia? The personal watercraft racing around the anchorage. They have no regard to swimmers or boaters in dinghy's.

DRoss
DRoss says:
May 20, 2015 02:49 PM

Had a wonderful visit! Stayed 2 nights in the marina Easter of 2015 then a week anchored near Pigeon Island. No problems for us or the several cursing friends boats in approximately the same time frame.

DRoss
DRoss says:
May 20, 2015 02:47 PM

We had our dinghy repaired by the inflatable repair place(in channel on left). We thought it was a lost cause but they fixed it up and we're happy not to have to buy a new one!

Paulellis001
Paulellis001 says:
Apr 23, 2015 08:32 PM

Rodney Bay Yacht Services. ---
We used four boat service companies here, three were excellent, one was not. The three were the sailmaker, Regis electronics and the boatyards mechanical workshop. The one bad one was Vision who provide a boat cleaning, varnishing and caulking service. The workmanship was poor quality, the attitude off hand and at times threatening, and the time recording and costing was dishonest. Avoid.

raustring
raustring says:
Feb 02, 2015 03:28 PM

I have been coming to St Lucia for over 15 Years and have used Regis Electronics many times over the years. They provide an excellent service and are always very helpful. However they are VERY busy during Dec and Jan so you will often have to be a little patient but it’s well worth the wait!

MERVYN GUTTERIDGE
MERVYN GUTTERIDGE says:
Jan 30, 2015 12:17 PM

If you plan to use Regis Electronics, beware. They are not very helpful and will not take bookings for work. We tried to buy a radio for the WIFI but they wouldn't sell us one unless we bought a new antenna. We tried to order some new Raymarine kit but no-one had 10 minutes to speak to us, so we gave up after waiting for 2 days. Bought the kit in the UK and tried to schedule an engineer to install it....giving a months notice....but they wouldn't take a booking. Tried again the week that we got back and they still wouldn't do it, as they couldn't give a date or time that would be convenient for them. We left and got the work done off island. Crazy!

Stein-Tove I Engh
Stein-Tove I Engh says:
Jan 19, 2015 12:10 AM

In Rodney Bay theft seems to still be common. We have stayed 2 nights, and during this time we have had other yachts report to the police theft of one dinghy, 2 bicycles and burglary with loss of computer and other equipment.
Take precautions.

Glenda Neild
Glenda Neild says:
Jan 04, 2015 07:12 PM

If you need to use the Rodney Bay Sails make sure you write down the instructions of what you want done. we gave the sailmaker a main for leach line repair, and a genoa for miner patching. We had dynema delivered from Denmark to repair our leach line (sailmaker had none of the correct size) on the main, and when we went to pick up the main, he had done nothing, replacing the leach line in the genoa instead. this left us still with out a main 3 weeks later. He then stitched his thin dynema to our thick, placing that inside the main. when we then put the main up the leach line was about 2 metres too short with great gathers in the sail! we now have a 2nd stitched on line. And we had to pay for his mistake.

redley
redley says:
Jun 06, 2014 09:03 PM

Catamaran Tiger Lily. With having my engine rebuilt in Grenada in January, it was so badly done didn't even make it to the tip of the island. Eventually made it to St Lucia where Alwyn installed a new one exchanging a 20hp for 30hp Yanmar. Not only did he manage to make it fit but explained what he was doing, why and gave much in the way of useful information in the mean time. He was patient and flexible whilst I was waiting for the engine to be imported from America and very reasonable with his charges. This was March time. Now having sailed back to Scotland the installation has proved to be faultless. A genuine guy with good knowledge, experience and qualifications of Yanmar engines. Bob Redley

Jack Peterson
Jack Peterson says:
Apr 25, 2014 10:33 PM

4/24/2014 We emailed and called Marine Tek about installing a crankshaft repair sleeve on one of our Westerbeke 42B4 engines. We never got a reply. Then we found some comments were about Alwin Augustin and we called and emailed him and he got right back to us and assured us that he could do the job. He came down and looked at the boat while the part was enroute to us from the states. He estimated it would take about 5 hours to do the work. It involves disconnecting the engine coupling, removing the transmission and the flywheel just to get to the rear oil seal where the problem was causing a very small oil drip due to a groove cut in the crankshaft probably because in the past the oil was not changed often enough and grit built up around the rear seal and over time cut a groove where the rear seal makes contact with the crankshaft. It's 5 hours of work in a hot, uncomfortable and somewhat cramped space. Alwin got here when he said he would, did the job in the time he estimated and was a total professional marine engineer in every respect including cleaning up after the repair was made. If you are anywhere near Rodney Bay and need to have work done on a diesel engine or generator call or email Alwin at: Quick & Reliable Mechanical Services email qrms44@gmail.com St Lucia phone # 1-758-520-5544. You will be glad you did!

mermaid66
mermaid66 says:
Apr 22, 2015 08:47 PM

Thank you sir!

captain5150
captain5150 says:
Jan 10, 2014 05:25 PM

I write to thank marintek for their recent work on my dufour 445, Sigiriya. I am grateful for them finding the cause if the constant alarm and for replacing the MDI box as agreed under the Volvo recall campaign.

Malcolm Sanford
Malcolm Sanford says:
Dec 31, 2013 05:50 PM

Another recommendation for Alwin Augustin, Quick & Reliable Mechanical Services qrms44@gmail.com 1-758-520-5544. We were towed into Rodney Bay with engine failure on 23/12, Alwin diagnosed fuel injection pump failure on 26/12 and then proceeded to trawl the internet to find a replacement. which he did in UK. Part was ordered and flown in with a new crew member on 29th and Alwin fitted on 30th A very professional and accomplished engineer

Sailboatuser
Sailboatuser says:
Nov 07, 2013 01:01 AM

I want to thank Alwin Augustin (Engin Mechanic) for honest, fast and efficient replacement of our shaft seal (right in the water) and engine repair. He was recommended to us by other cruisers and I can see why.

Sailboatuser
Sailboatuser says:
Jun 27, 2013 04:19 PM

We lost our propeller right after repairs done by Marine Tek in June 2013. I would not recommend them.

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ARC+ Cape Verde sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria  (09 Nov 2014)

29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail in November

29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail in November  (05 Nov 2014)

ARC 2014: Exceptional interest for the world's most popular rally

ARC 2014: Exceptional interest for the world's most popular rally   (25 Jun 2014)

Realignment of Caribbean sailing organizations

Realignment of Caribbean sailing organizations  (08 May 2014)

Caribbean: Saint Lucia Police report improved yacht security

Caribbean: Saint Lucia Police report improved yacht security  (08 Apr 2014)

Caribbean Earthquake of M6.5 Strikes off Barbados, 18 February 2014

Caribbean Earthquake of M6.5 Strikes off Barbados, 18 February 2014  (19 Feb 2014)

Saint Lucia yacht murder: Roger Pratt's killers 'caused brain damage with their fists'

Saint Lucia yacht murder: Roger Pratt's killers 'caused brain damage with their fists'  (24 Jan 2014)

Saint Lucia: TV Interview with Margaret Pratt, wife of murdered British yachtsman

Saint Lucia: TV Interview with Margaret Pratt, wife of murdered British yachtsman  (21 Jan 2014)

Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: British Skipper dies in Armed Robbery

Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: British Skipper dies in Armed Robbery  (19 Jan 2014)

World ARC 2014-15: Circumnavigation Rally Starts

World ARC 2014-15: Circumnavigation Rally Starts  (13 Jan 2014)

St. Vincent: Flooding Disaster - how you can help

St. Vincent: Flooding Disaster - how you can help  (13 Jan 2014)

ARC 2013: 28th ARC Complete

ARC 2013: 28th ARC Complete  (24 Dec 2013)

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: The first edition of ARC+ comes to a close

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: The first edition of ARC+ comes to a close   (13 Dec 2013)

ARC Course Record Broken: New New fastest crossing time from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia by SY Caro

ARC Course Record Broken: New New fastest crossing time from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia by SY Caro  (06 Dec 2013)

Cape Verdes to Saint Lucia: The first ARC+ arrivals make landfall

Cape Verdes to Saint Lucia: The first ARC+ arrivals make landfall   (04 Dec 2013)

The 28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The 28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria  (25 Nov 2013)

ARC 2013 Official Opening Ceremony: Flags and Bands

ARC 2013 Official Opening Ceremony: Flags and Bands  (18 Nov 2013)

ARC 2013: Club Racing Across the Atlantic

ARC 2013: Club Racing Across the Atlantic  (15 Nov 2013)

TransAtlantic Rally: The first ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

TransAtlantic Rally: The first ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria  (12 Nov 2013)

ARC 2013 - Rally Preview

ARC 2013 - Rally Preview   (05 Nov 2013)

Coconut Telegraph is Moving

Coconut Telegraph is Moving  (06 Aug 2013)

ARC Boats Leave Green Wake with Environmental Projects

ARC Boats Leave Green Wake with Environmental Projects   (25 Jun 2013)

NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season  (23 May 2013)

Great New Service for noonsite users: Get notified of cruising news, reports and country updates as they are posted

Great New Service for noonsite users: Get notified of cruising news, reports and country updates as they are posted  (23 May 2013)

The Caribbean Directory of Marine Services and Vendors launched this week

The Caribbean Directory of Marine Services and Vendors launched this week  (15 May 2013)

New Cape Verdes Route  Proves Popular with ARC Sailors

New Cape Verdes Route Proves Popular with ARC Sailors  (14 May 2013)

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers Announces Second Start Date and Stopover in Cape Verdes for 2013 rally

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers Announces Second Start Date and Stopover in Cape Verdes for 2013 rally  (06 May 2013)

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World ARC 2012-13 ends in Saint Lucia  (15 Apr 2013)

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Caribbean Safety and Security Online User Survey: Results now published  (10 Apr 2013)

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World ARC: A New Route Choice  (03 Apr 2013)

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Summary of Security & Piracy Reports 2012  (28 Feb 2013)

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2013 set to be the biggest year ever for the ARC  (31 Jan 2013)

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A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising  (10 Jan 2013)

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ARC 2012 - Draws to a close with prize winners announced  (22 Dec 2012)

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ARC 2012 - 40 foot boat is first arrival after 12 day crossing  (07 Dec 2012)

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Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: ARC Cruising Boats Start   (29 Nov 2012)

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Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: ARC 2012 Start Delayed for Cruising Fleet  (27 Nov 2012)

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Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: ARC 2012 - Race boats start, cruisers remain in port  (27 Nov 2012)

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Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Celebration of the Official Opening of ARC 2012  (20 Nov 2012)

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27th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail this month   (05 Nov 2012)

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Caribbean: eSeaClear Update  (26 Aug 2012)

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A Free Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles   (22 Jul 2012)

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eSeaClear, Easy Clearance for the Caribbean, Temporarily Suspended   (13 Jul 2012)

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Caribbean Free Cruising Guides - New Editions  (04 Apr 2012)

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ARC 2012 Now Full  (26 Mar 2012)

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Whale Migration Season in the Eastern Caribbean  (07 Feb 2012)

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2011 - Security & Piracy Round-Up  (30 Jan 2012)

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World ARC 2012-13: Circumnavigation Rally Starts  (10 Jan 2012)

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ARC2011: First Yacht Arrives in Saint Lucia after an 11 Day Crossing  (02 Dec 2011)

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ARC2011: First Arrivals Expected Today  (01 Dec 2011)

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ARC 2011 Starts  (20 Nov 2011)

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Gran Canaria: ARC 2011 - Flags and bands celebrate the official opening of the 26th ARC  (16 Nov 2011)

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St. Lucia: New Yachting Regulations  (11 Nov 2011)

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St. Lucia: Major Strides in Growth for the Countries Yachting Sector  (30 Sep 2011)

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World ARC Circumnavigation Rally Goes Annual  (07 Apr 2011)

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First Sailing Yacht Finishes in ARC 2010  (06 Dec 2010)

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ARC 2010 Starts - 233 Yachts Cross the Line in Sunshine  (21 Nov 2010)

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ARC Rally: One week to go before the start!  (14 Nov 2010)

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Hurricane Tomas in Saint Lucia  (05 Nov 2010)

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New Webcast Service for Caribbean Weather  (20 Oct 2010)

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Calling All ARC'86 Children!  (12 May 2010)

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The 25th ARC set to be the most popular rally yet as World Cruising Club signs up the 200th entry  (03 Mar 2010)

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ARC 2010 On Course as World Cruising Club signs up the 150th entry  (17 Feb 2010)

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St. Lucia, Marigot Bay - Cruisers Robbed in Street  (28 Nov 2009)

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Rudder loss on ARC Racing Yacht  (24 Nov 2009)

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Light Winds for Start of ARC 2009  (22 Nov 2009)

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Countdown to the Start of ARC2009  (19 Nov 2009)

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A truly international ARC fleet gear up for departure later this month  (09 Nov 2009)

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NEW – Caribbean Pre-Arrival Notification System  (17 Jan 2009)

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First ARC Arrivals at Rodney Bay after a slow crossing  (08 Dec 2008)

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ARC Fleet Gears up for Departure  (12 Nov 2008)

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Yacht Attacked At St Vincent  (04 Jan 2008)

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Yacht Attacked At St Vincent: Comments  (03 Jan 2008)

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New Visa Requirements For St Lucia  (24 Sep 2007)

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Cruising News from the southern Caribbean  (03 Nov 2003)