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THE ARC RACE

The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is the world’s largest transoceanic race. The event starts in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands at the end of November and finishes in Rodney Bay, the ARC’s home for the last 16 years. The marina at Rodney Bay accommodates the participants, about 200 boats and crew members, during the winter season. The first boat crosses the finish line at Rodney Bay in early December.

CASTRIES HARBOUR

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Vigie Creek (near GFL Charles Airport) and Castries City are the harbour’s two main anchorages. Services include repair and replenishment facilities, hardware shops, restaurants and the capital’s open-air market. Vigie is the more secluded of the two anchorages.

When entering Castries Harbour, it is necessary to avoid the shoal that extends to the west of Tapion Peak. Vigie Hill has a light that flashes twice every 10 seconds, allowing you to easily identify the harbour at night.

Castries Harbour does have Customs officials, but it is easier for yachtsmen to clear through Rodney Bay or Marigot. Officials insist that yachts entering the harbour come directly to the Customs’ dock (if there is no room, anchor east of the Customs buoy). It is wise not to ignore this directive as a fine could be incurred.

Facilities at Castries Harbour:
Harbour/Yacht Services
Pointe Seraphine / Cruise Ship and Harbour / (758)452-3036 / 8 am to 5 pm / Duty-free shopping

Restaurants
Jacques Waterfront Dining / (758)458-1900 / Mon. to Sat. Lunch & Dinner
The Coal Pot / Vigie Cove / (758)452-5566 / Mon. to Fri., 12 pm to 12 am / Saturday 6 pm to 12 am

MARIGOT HARBOUR

Marigot Harbour is a completely sheltered anchorage. It lies approximately 3.4 miles to the SSW of Castries Harbour, the entrance is on 13 degrees 58.1' N 61 degrees 01.8' W. When watching for the entrance, keep an eye open for the prominent house with the bright red roof on the cliff top at the southern entrance.

When entering Marigot Bay, stay to the southern side of the channel. You can still anchor in the inner bay as long as proper navigation channels are observed. Eventually, anchoring in the inner bay will be prohibited and a new grid of mooring buoys will be put in place. If you are anchoring, the holding is fair in soft mud. Once settled you can make your way to the Customs office housed in the Marigot Police Station. Marigot Harbour is an official port of entry for St Lucia. The Marina at Marigot Bay offers long and short-term dockage in addition to water, electricity and fuel. (Contact:The Marina on VHF Channel 16, Telephone: (758) 451- 4275. Fax: 1 (758) 451-4276. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

The Moorings Yacht Charters also runs its yacht charter business from this location.

In The Marina Village you will find a range of facilities including a well-stocked supermarket, French bakery, internet café, doctor’s office, duty free shopping outlets, boutiques, showers and toilets, and a restaurant and bar. (Telephone: (758) 451 4271 Fax: (758) 451 4274. Website: www.themarinavillage.com).

Facilities at Marigot Harbour

Official Services: Customs and Immigration Office, Police Station
The Marina Village: French bakery, supermarket, bank, internet café, doctor’s office, boutiques, sail loft, laundry, bar and Asian-themed restaurant.
The Marina at Marigot Bay: Moorings Yacht Charter Services, fuel, water, electricity, 40 fully serviced slips, deep water berthing facilities for yachts up to 200ft. Mechanical and boat maintenance services available on request.
Discovery at Marigot Bay: 57 luxury suites (half with private plunge pool) and 67 deluxe rooms, the world class Lapli Spa featuring E’Spa products and treatments, Hurricane Hole and Pink Snail bars, The Boudreau Restaurant, and The Rainforest Hideaway Restaurant.
Other Restaurants: JJ’s Paradise, Chateau Mygo, The Shack, and Doolittles at the Marigot Beach Club.

RODNEY BAY MARINA

Rodney Bay is over a mile long with a man-made causeway at its Northern end that connects Pigeon Island to the mainland and shelters the whole bay. Within the bay is a large, completely protected inner lagoon, accessed via a man-made channel between Reduit Beach and the town of Gros Islet. This lagoon, dredged to 15ft., is the home of Rodney Bay Marina (VHF 16), an official port of entry. It is also the ARC’s (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) Caribbean home.

Within the Marina’s complex there are restaurants, boutiques, banks with ATM facilities, public telephones, a supermarket, and car rental agency. The services of a well-stocked, duty-free chandlery, banks, showers and bathroom facilities are also available. Rodney Bay Marina also has a dry dock facility with the necessary workshops to carry out boat maintenance and repair. If you’re planning to stay at the Marina, you must dock at a berth and walk to the Immigration and Customs office.

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 St. Lucia. A Customs’ slip is located approximately two-thirds of the way down the outer dock at Rodney Bay Marina and is marked by a yellow post. Use of the Customs slip is free of charge.

Facilities at Rodney Bay Marina

The Rodney Bay Marina offers a range of services.

Official services:

Customs & Immigration Office (758-452-0235), open Saturday to Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Rodney Bay Marina Office is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. You have access to charters companies, restaurants and cafés, shops, banks and a range of miscellaneous services. Fuel, water, electricity, phones, dry dock, yacht chandlery and transportation are all available at Rodney Bay Marina.

Restaurants:

Scuttlebutts Bar and Grill. (758)452-0351
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Facilities include a freshwater swimming pool, mooring facilities for dinghies, Internet access, daily weather-watch, crew-news, plus delivery service from restaurant to boat. VHF Channel 68.
THE ART BOUTIQUE at Caribbean Art Gallery
Exhibits and sells the work of internationally-acclaimed St. Lucian artist Llewellyn Xavier, emerging local artist Mervyn Charles along with works by Ross Wilson and Gladys and Freda Black. A vast selection of antique maps and prints are available and Caribbean Art Gallery specialises in Caribbean maps and charts. The Art Boutique is a new concept art gallery. Items are eclectic and range from art to vintage collectibles to unique body art, antique jewellery and miniature sculptures. Framing, restoration, authentication and evaluation done.

SOUFRIÈRE

Home of the island’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Soufrière offers dramatic backdrops for visiting boats. Soufrière is an official port of entry. Anchorages can be found at Anse Chastanet, just north of Soufrière Bay, and off the Hummingbird Beach Resort north of Soufrière town. The Soufrière Marine Management Area issues Coral Conservation Permits to all vessels anchoring within the management area. The cost of the permit depends on vessel size and length of stay. Authorised members of the Soufrière Water Taxi Association will help tie stern lines and are available for all water transfer services. Rates are standard and they also provide watchman services when boat owners are ashore. In Soufrière, there are plenty of sights to be explored above and below the water line.

VIEUX FORT

Home to St. Lucia’s main international airport, Hewanorra, and the island’s second-largest town, Vieux Fort is somewhat off the beaten track. Sporting one of the longest stretches of soft, sandy beach, this official port of entry offers a more unspoiled version of the island’s charm. Anchorages are off the town’s big ship dock, where Customs can be found, or beside the Fisheries Complex. The town offers basic mechanical services, two major supermarkets and shopping malls and a great selection of fresh fruits, fish and vegetables at the Saturday market. Anse de Sable Bay, on Vieux Fort’s reef-protected Atlantic coast, is one of the Caribbean’s finest windsurfing and kitesurfing locations, with state-of-the-art equipment for rent.

For more information on St. Lucia’s marine laws, follow the marine guidelines or check with the Department of Fisheries at (758)452-3987/2611, ext. 2811.

 
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