November is a wonderful time to be in Saint Lucia. The weather is cooler than the summer months and perfect for anyone wanting to escape the coming of winter (yes, Ned Stark, we know winter is finally coming!) With sailing events such as Mango Bowl and ARC, the tourist season begins to pick up. Team TT has all the events that are perfect for your time in Saint Lucia.

 

Island Events

Adventure and Wellness Month

Tapas on the Bay

Mango Bowl

Start of ARC

November – Adventure and Wellness Month

November marks the beginning of The Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) Adventure and Wellness Month. Travellers can experience a range of health, wellness and adventure packages.

Visitors to the island can enjoy a variety of thrilling activities. Go zip lining at Treetop Adventure Park or mountain biking at and old sugar plantation with Bike St. Lucia. Water packages include scuba diving with Dive Saint Lucia or a SNUBA excursion. Those looking for a slower pace can relax in the bathing pools at the Sulphur Springs and mineral baths at the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. You can bask in the spa treatments at Ti Kaye, or feel revitalised with yoga on the beach at Anse Chastanet.

A variety of hotels and resorts are taking part in Adventure and Wellness Month, including Anse Chastanet, Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa, Crystals, Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, Jade Mountain, the three Sandals resorts, St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort, Ti Kaye Resort and Spa and Windjammer Landing, and Villa Beach Resort. For more information on Adventure and Wellness Month this November visit www.stlucia.org.

Tapas on the Bay – A Taste of Jamaica

Tapas on the Bay and Big Chef Steakhouse put on fabulous events starting in November, leading up to the holiday season. If you’re in town on any of these days, head down to Tapas or Big Chef, located in Rodney Bay. For more information call 485 7189 or visit their Facebook page for updates.

November 18th, 9:00 p.m.  – Jamaican Ska Dance Class.

November 25th, 7:00 p.m.  – Join Chef Odeen for a taste of Jamaica food and Ska dancing.

 

 

ARC – Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

Any sailing enthusiast will have heard of the ARC – no, not Noah’s Arc, but the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, where sailors from all walks of life set off from Gran Canaria, Canary Islands destined for our lovely Saint Lucia. Interestingly, the arrival point was not Saint Lucia until 1990 when organisers needed a marina that could hold the 200-plus boats. They found the solution in the IGY Rodney Bay Marina. ARC+ was introduced in 2013, where boats sail down to Cape Verde for a 3-5 day layover, then across to Saint Lucia.

ARC is an exceptional event; this year marks the 31st year boats will be setting off from the Canary Islands in an exciting rally. ARC has helped forge lifelong friendships and earned a stellar reputation that keeps people coming back time and again, while still drawing newcomers every year. It is now one of the most well known events in the sailing world.

These are some of the important ARC dates in November.

November 6th: ARC+ Start: Leg 1 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Sao Vincente, Cape Verde

November 11th-13th : ARC+ Arrive – Mindelo, Sao Vincente

November 16th : ARC+ Re-Start: Sao Vincent – Saint Lucia

November 20th : Start of ARC 2016 from Las Palmas

November 27th – December 1st : ARC+ boats finish (approx) – Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia

 

Mango Bowl – November 25th – 27th

This year marks the 5th annual Saint Lucia Mango Bowl Regatta. Hosted by the St. Lucia Yacht Club and sponsored by Digicel (gold sponsors) and Dive Saint Lucia (silver sponsors), Mango Bowl 2016 is a sporting event not to be missed.

Held November 25th – 27th at the St. Lucia Yacht Club on Reduit Beach, Rodney Bay, spectators can witness the five racing classes (racing, cruising, J24, Surprise and Melges) from the beach, from an Endless Summer catamaran or the Dive Saint Lucia boat (for VIPs only). In addition to a strong local contingent, event organisers are expecting participants from Martinique, Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua.

The event schedule is as follows:

November 25thOpening Ceremony

November 26th – Races, After-Race Social and Day Prizes

November 27th – Closing Ceremony and Overall Prizes

Local sailing star, Fredric Sweeney and his team will be defending their 3-year reign in the J24 class. For more information on the Mango Bowl 2016, visit www.stluciayachtclub.com