World unites at Port St Francis

A total of 24 yachts visited Port St Francis as part of the annual World ARC rally. The first yacht entered Port St Francis on Thursday 22 November after leaving Saint Lucia and Australia some four months ago and the 6th one arrived on 28 November. World ARC is a 26 000NM tradewind circumnavigation of the world, the voyage of a lifetime.

World ARC is a mix of cruising in company and free time to explore. The pace keeps the fleet together, enjoying the shore-side activities as a group, while staying with the best weather. Families with children, retirees or a ‘grown up gap year’ are all part of World ARC.



Umineko, the second yacht Duncan Leithbridge built 23 years ago, was the first yacht to arrive. They needed Duncan and his team to do some repairs and will stay a week. The warm welcome by Port Captain Johan Barnard as well as the respective businesses at the Port urged captain Motoyuki Sato to send out an email to the remaining 20-odd yachts behind them in the rally not to miss “the very best place to visit even your boat is 60 ft monohull,” he said in his email. “This is a real jewel, small but cozy marina.”

“The ARC boats are all welcome. People here are very friendly, and helpful. This is the bay which is filled with whales, dolphins, orca and squid. The marina is well protected.”

The fleet welcomed the opportunity to visit the penguin rehabilitation centre, two catamaran builders as well as Nomvulas Knitters.