World ARC 2020 Joining Instructions

Leg 1: St Lucia to Panama, 9th Jan - 5th Feb 2020

Joining Instructions:
Skyelark will be moored in Rodney Bay Marina which is in the north of St Lucia, 30 mins from Castries (SLU) and 1.5hrs from Hewanorra (UVF). Taxi prices should be fixed, allow $75 US for the taxi from UVF - it can be worth keeping an eye out for 'Yachties' at the airport and try to share a taxi. Please call me when you land and I'll be able to give you the berth number or arrange where to meet you in the marina, the best number to use is my local phone - +1758 712 1842. Failing that then my UK mobile is +447876643206 (WhatsApp works the best). If for any reason you can't get in touch with me, the marina will be able to tell you where the boat is (it’s likely to be on F pontoon).

Passage Plan:
Join date is 9th January from 1200 onwards. There will be a World ARC farewell party on the evening of the 10th.

We set sail for Santa Marta on 11th January with the WARC fleet. Arrive approx 16th January. Usually fast downwind trade wind sailing on this passage.

Leave Santa Marta 22nd January to arrive San Blas 24th Jan. We will then have about a week cruising the San Blas before heading into Shelter Bay marina for a few days to prepare for the Canal Transit. This leg finishes at La Playita Marina or in the anchorage nearby on 5th February.

Please plan on leaving the boat by 1200. We can assist with recommendations for local accommodation if required.

Kit List:
We will provide top & bottom sheets, pillows & cases. We do not provide towels.

You need to bring:

  • Light weight waterproofs for the odd tropical downpour
  • Small torch (flashlight) - head torches are recommended, red light useful for night time
  • Personal music player/a couple of books/kindle
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses & sun hat
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Mosquito spray
  • Light warm weather clothing to include sun 'cover ups'
  • Any personal medication
  • Camera and charger
  • Mask and Snorkel (and fins if required)
  • Personal water bottle
  • Personal insurance – we recommend Topsail:

We recommend bringing:

  • Sailing gloves if required
  • Earplugs
  • Small backpack for walks ashore
  • Trainers/hiking sandals – we recommend Keen or Teva
  • A small waterproof bag for dinghy trips can be useful
  • Lonely Planet or similar guide book covering areas we will be visiting

It's hot in the day and cools a little at night, so for the day time light weight cover ups are ideal. In the evening if you’re susceptible to cold and if it’s breezy a light weight sweater can be useful.

As with any sailing trip you probably don’t need as much as you think and your luggage should fit into a large soft bag - no suitcases please!

St Lucia accepts either US Dollars or Eastern Caribbean Dollars (XCD) but you tend to get change in local. San Blas and Panama are all US Dollars. Santa Marta uses Columbian Pesos, but US dollars are widely accepted. It would be useful to have some smaller denomination notes for the San Blas islands – locals are unlikely to have change.

Please let us know in advance:

  • Flight details
  • Medical issues
  • Dietary requirements