After a quick dip in the azure Caribbean waters to free a fouled prop, Mike Beswick and his wife guided their catamaran to the dock – the final finishers of the leg from Recife, Brazil.

As the entire fleet are flowing into the bar and draining it of rum punch, I’ll take a moment to clarify the details of the rally as it comes to a close. (I was told the rum has made the crews immobile in the bar. Should be easy to get interviews now!)

The group started with 29 in January, 2010, in St. Lucia, and finished the last “competitive” leg of the World ARC this week with 19. The group now, after the awards on Sunday, will “free cruise” through the Grenadines to St. Lucia for the official close of the event on April 16.

Race manager Paul Tetlow said that some of the boats left from Grenada to go to the St. Lucia start and thus crossed their departure track this week, having officially sailed around the world. The words over the crackly VHF relay were powerful this morning: “Jeanius has just crossed their tracks and circumnavigated the globe.”

For now enjoy videos of the arrivals and toast these crews for a spectacular accomplishment.

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