Banzai is first to the finish line in 2020 ARC

The first vessel out of a fleet of fifty-seven in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has made its way to the finish line at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia, after braving a phenomenal feat from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The journey began on November 22 for the six-member crew and ended on December 3, 2020 at 6:03 a.m. local time, when the 42- foot Marsaudon TS42 vessel, ‘Banzai’ crossed the finish line in Saint Lucian waters. Skippered by Vincent Willemart, the all-Belgian crew was welcomed at sea by ARC officials.

It was just moments later that the second vessel, ‘The Kid’ registered its arrival at the finish line.

Saint Lucia is now home to ARC for 31 years.

In Hosting ARC and ARC+ 2020, Saint Lucia expects to welcome a combined total of 454 crew members including 37 children from 137 nationalities.

Working in tandem with the Ministry of Health, all arriving sailors must adhere to mandatory COVID-19 protocols:

  • Mandatory health screening and a second PCR testing on arrival in Saint Lucia.
  • They will wear wristbands to indicate that they have completed quarantine and testing and obtained the clearance from Port Health to move around.
  • Daily Health screening for quarantined crewmembers.
  • Quarantined sailors must reside on their vessels or at COVID-19 Certified properties.
  • Island protocols of facemasks and physical distancing must be adhered to one outside the cabin of a vessel.