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With one week to go before the ARC 2016 fleet leave Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, crews from the 205 yachts already berthed at the marina took part in the official Opening Ceremony.
 
At midday Sunday 13 November hundreds of ARC participants took part in the Official Opening Ceremony for ARC 2016. Flag bearers from 31 different nations representing the countries of the yachts in this year's rally joined the procession as it made its way around the marina.

A warm welcome to the ARC sailors was made by Saint Lucia Minister for Tourism, Dominic Fedee who promised the island’s hospitality and rum when the crews arrive after their Atlantic crossing.

He also thanked the people of Las Palmas for over three decades of partnership between Gran Canaria and Saint Lucia during the history of the ARC.
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