For the first time in history, a crew of young sailors from Saint Lucia, Gran Canaria and the UK have completed an epic transatlantic journey as part of the ARC 2019 sailing rally.
Departing from the Island of Gran Canaria on 24 November, ARC Youth Team sailing on board yacht Challenger 1 crossed the finish line in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia at 20:19:01 local time on Wednesday 12 December, sailing a total distance of 3028nm.
Awaiting the crew on the dockside, over 100 friends, family, media, supporters, sponsors and World Cruising Club staff gathered for a sensational welcome to Rodney Bay. As
Challenger 1 made their final approach to their berth on the superyacht dock of IGY Rodney Bay Marina, applause, cheers and horns echoed around the entire lagoon. Lines were made fast and as the 16 crew stepped on land for the first time in 17 days; it was an emotional moment as their achievement of crossing the Atlantic began to sink in.
Crew members from Saint Lucia – Krishna Joseph, Jason Melius, Tyrus Antoine, Gabie Chreiki, Adonai Modeste and Crisanki Flood – were reunited with their families, and joined by project supporters from The Body Holiday, IGY Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia Yacht Club, Spinnakers Bar and Grill, and the Jus’Sail foundation.
The experience has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for the crew, all aged from 18-25, to compete in the world’s largest transocean sailing rally. Many had never sailed offshore prior to arriving on board the boat, and spending 17 days at sea a 67 foot yacht has been an immense challenge.