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St Lucia is preparing to welcome sailors in the fourth edition of ARC+ which set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with the largest ever fleet of 72 boats.

The event which is seen as a precursor to the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is part of the 2016 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers and was introduced for the first time in 2013 to give sailors in the world's most popular transocean rally a choice of routes across the Atlantic.

This year there are boats registered from 19 countries around the globe including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, UK, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and USA.

Public Relations Manager at the St Lucia Tourist Board John Emmanuel says a series of activities have already been planned to welcome the sailors to St Lucian shores.
Emmanuel says St Lucia’s involvement in the three nautical events has resulted in a large economic spin off.

The Arc plus and Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ends in St Lucia while the World Arc starts and ends on the island annually.
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