The ARC is a ‘must do’ for many sailors, and attracts over 200 boats and 1200 people every year to sail 2800 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia.
The ARC is for everyone; families with children, tough racers, cruising couples, big budgets, and modest boats. Crossing the Atlantic together, but having their own adventures. More than just a boat race, the ARC is about friendships made ashore in the two weeks of pre-departure activities continued over the radio net at sea. It’s about arriving in Saint Lucia to be met on the dock with a rum punch and a chilled beer, knowing you have achieved something fantastic - crossing an ocean on a small sailboat.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and your team for a great event, and most probably one of the best experiences of my life” Max Klink, yacht Caro (GER)
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Azzurra - C=Day 1- Fantastic!
It was a perfect day for our start. The crew was ready and excited to leave. Azzurra has two in crew-mate, Ainsley Harrison and Johanna Johanssen. Ansley is a delivery captain with many crossings and miles under his feet. And Johanna is a Swedish read more...
Azzurra - Day 2- Spectacular!!
Our second day was spectacular We are all feeling very well and have our sea legs. The wind was very light- 0-2kts so we ended up motoring for approximately 4 hours. We flew our brand new Spinnaker for the first time for about and hour. Great read more...
Azzurra - Day 2- Spectacular!
We have WIND! Yesterday we had to motor for about 4 hours....sadly. But today we have very nice winds and following seas. The new Spinnaker went up for the first time and we flew her for about an hour. We are are feeling very well - We plan to make read more...
Adina - Crossing Biscay
We had been waiting in Falmouth for two and a half weeks for a weather window to cross The Bay of Biscay to Spain. People were asking "Are you still in Falmouth?". Tom was starting to get a little narked, it was time to get that tracker read more...
Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper wedding
Well the boat is now ready. Just need to acquire and install the AIS transponder which is now mandatory. Thought I’d had everything ready until the April newsletter arrived. LOL, more money to spend. Well last Saturday Wendy and I were married read more...
New Cape Verdes route proves popular with ARC sailors. 15/05/2013
From the pre-departure programme ensuring crews are relaxed and prepared, to the friendly welcome each boat receives on arrival in Saint Lucia, the... more info
Second Start Date Provides More Spaces for ARC 2013. 06/05/2013
Demand from sailors world-wide for spaces in the 2013 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC 2013) has been unprecedented. The thirty extra boat slips... more info
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Professional Sailors Take on the ARC, for more than just the competition
Last year we wrote about how the ARC attracts professional sailors, highlighting two in particular - Volvo Ocean Race skipper of Team Russia and two-time Olympic sailor in the Star class Andreas Hanakamp, and ocean racing legend Magnus Olsson.
Both are back this year, sailing on the same boats.
Photo shows Team Russia in the 2008/09 Volvo.
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