Leg 1 | St. Lucia to Panama City via the Panama Canal
World ARC 2020
Jan 9th to Feb 8th
Jan 9th 2020
Feb 8th 2020
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Heading southwest from St. Lucia we travel 820 miles to reach Santa Marta, the oldest city in Columbia. Enjoy a scenic tour of this important colonial city.
Spend your day snorkelling in crystal clear waters around the 300 island archipelago. Although scuba diving is not allowed by the local Guna people, you can snorkel the ship wreck at Isla Perro, or be amazed at the coral reefs with some of the healthiest coral this side of Palau. Prepare to experience the most incredible, fire red sunsets of your life.
An epic journey every sailor should make. Isn’t this on your dream list? Learn firsthand the complexities of this one of a kind adventure. Join the World Arc flotilla and transit through the Panama Canal to end the first leg of our journey in Panama City.
Arrive in St. Lucia and make your way to IGY Rodney Bay Marina. Get settled and meet the other crew members. Plan to arrive at the boat around noon, but no later than 10 pm.
If you would like to arrive in St. Lucia a few days early, you can hike the Gros Piton or the Eastern Nature Trail. Also, climbing to Fort Rodney on Pigeon Island, and for great views of Rodney Bay on to Signal Peak for the ambitious hiker. Hotel recommendations can be provided.
(Schedule is weather dependent)
Day 2 to 4
Briefings and Training, Depart for the Grenadines
We depart Rodney Bay and sail past St. Vincent, toward the northern Grenadine islands of Mustique and Canouan, before heading to Union Island for kiteboarding and water sports. Kiteboard up to the bar at Happy Island if you can hold a kite in one hand! If you prefer, we can set you on a fly rod and try your hand at fly fishing for bonefish. We spend a few days enjoying the sailing through this area.
Day 6 to 13
Leaving the Grenadines
Leaving the Grenadines, we arrive in Santa Marta, Columbia to meet up
with the World ARC fleet. We have a few days in Santa Marta and the surrounding area. Take the opportunity to visit the oldest surviving colonial city in South America. Our time here allows us to explore the surrounding area, Tayrona National Park and Playa Blanca.
Day 14 to 20
San Blas Islands
Arriving in San Blas Islands with 2 days to explore the islands, snorkeling and swimming. These islands are governed by the indigenous Guna people.
Day 21 to 30
We head to Colon, Panama to prepare for our transit of the Panama Canal, crossing the 80 miles through 3 locks to reach the Pacific Ocean, passing under the Bridge of the Americas and ending our voyage in Panama City.
The yachts transiting the Panama Canal with World ARC will be assigned a transit day on which to make the crossing in a group of up to 12 boats. The transit will take 2 days, usually with a stop overnight in Lake Gatun. We arrive 3 days prior to our transit date with time to visit Colón. An optional World ARC tour to Embera Indian Village will be scheduled during the days prior to our canal transit.
Trip review, cleanup
We end our trip in Panama City at Flamenco Marina approximately February 8th. Should we arrive early due to our transit date, we will have time to explore the very unique “old town” Casco Viejo or the Biomuseo, the only design in Latin America designed by world re-knowned architect Frank Gehry.
The museum tells the story of how the isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents, separating a vast ocean in two, and changing the planet’s biodiversity forever.