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ARC+ Fleet Depart Mindelo. 23/11/2020

The ARC+ fleet got underway in good conditions today as they set out on Leg 2 of ARC+ from São Vicente in the Cape Verde Islands to Saint Lucia. Conditions at the start were good with a NE wind of around 12 knots blowing across the start line. The port of Mindelo is in a basin however and the frequent gusts from the mountain made for a lively start as yachts crossed the line at 1500 local time 1600 UTC.The first over the line was the Malo42, Emelin, they were closely followed by Pivot a Sunbeam 44, and third over the line was the Ovni 52 Hasta Luego. The rest of the fleet followed on smoothly across the line.Shortly after leaving the start the yachts entered the channel with São Vicente to portside and the mountainous Santo Antão to starboard. This sustained the lively wind conditions as... Click here for more info..

Ocean calling ARC 2020. 22/11/2020

Following years of planning, months of trepidation, days of stowing, and hours of farewells, over 300 crew set sail today from Las Palmas de... Click here for more info..

Testing Times as Restart Delayed Again. 22/11/2020

It has been a frustrating few days for ARC+ skippers in Mindelo as they await the results of the vital PCR tests, before they get the “all... Click here for more info..

Mindelo Restart Delayed. 21/11/2020

It has been another day of frustration for ARC+ crews in Mindelo awaiting the start of leg 2 of the rally. The start was originally... Click here for more info..

Count down to the ARC start!. 21/11/2020

There’s a high level of excitement, with a mix of slight apprehension and eagerness of crews around the docks today as everyone prepares for... Click here for more info..

Thoughts turn to weather and final preparations. 20/11/2020

The final boat to arrive ahead of Sunday’s start is now in Las Palmas. Mack Storey’s Excess 15 Binx kept in touch with ARC rally control and... Click here for more info..

Making dreams a reality. 19/11/2020

The second day of PCR Covid19 testing for all crews took place again at Vithas Clinic close to Las Palmas marina and delivery of provisions... Click here for more info..

Food, glorious food, plus Covid19 PCR testing begins for all crews. 18/11/2020

Today saw 166 participants head to Vithas Clinic, close to the marina, for their required PCR test as part of the pre-departure protocols in... Click here for more info..

ARC+ Celebrating Success in Mindelo. 18/11/2020

Following the first arrival on Immagina just before midnight local time on Thursday 12th November, Marina Mindelo steadily welcomed the ARC+... Click here for more info..

Dockside activity and seminar programme continues. 17/11/2020

Participants woke to beautiful blue skies and it's been a very hot, sunny day here in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - a taste of what's to come... Click here for more info..

Building up to the big adventure. 16/11/2020

It’s been another busy morning here in Las Palmas with crews coming to the ARC platform to pick up their YB trackers which will allow... Click here for more info..

Flag raising one week before the ARC start. 15/11/2020

With just one week to go until the 35th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets off, almost all of the boats have arrived here in Las Palmas... Click here for more info..

Bucket lists and ocean dreams. 14/11/2020

More boats and crews have arrived today and the pontoons are filling up. Walking round the docks, people are busy doing jobs on their boats... Click here for more info..

Planting trees and making local news. 13/11/2020

Today, several ARC crews took the opportunity to take a little time out from the marina and their boat preparations to help plant 91 trees... Click here for more info..

First boat arrives after fast passage. 13/11/2020

With much excitement, the first boat to arrive into Mindelo was welcomed just before midnight local time on Thursday 12th November,... Click here for more info..

Safety first – equipment checks and hi-line helicopter demo. 12/11/2020

Roger Seymour is senior instructor at Hamble School of Yachting and also in charge of the ARC Safety team. With his wealth of knowledge, he... Click here for more info..

Getting rally ready in Las Palmas. 11/11/2020

More boats have been making their way to Las Palmas over the last couple of days and crew members have been flying in to join those already... Click here for more info..

ARC office opens as countdown begins. 09/11/2020

Now that the ARC+ fleet are safely on their way, the countdown to the ARC has begun with the opening of the ARC office. Over half the fleet... Click here for more info..

Mindelo here we come!. 08/11/2020

After months of preparation, hard work and determination to take part in ARC+ 2020 in challenging circumstances, last night’s firework... Click here for more info..

Final preparations for ARC+. 07/11/2020

With less than 24 hours to go until the start of their Atlantic adventure with ARC+ 2020, the final countdown to departure from Las Palmas... Click here for more info..