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ARC Itinerary

ARC routes

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia

Every November since 1986 the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has set sail from Las Palmas, bound 2,700 nautical miles westward across the Atlantic to the Caribbean.

ARC 2018 Itinerary

DateDetails for ARC+ Cape Verdes
02 Nov Rally office opens in Las Palmas
04 Nov Last date for arrivals in Las Palmas
11 NovStart of Gran Canaria - Sao Vicente leg (865nm)
1300 Divisions start together
16-18 NovArrival in Mindelo, Sao Vicente (Marina Mindelo)
21 NovStart of Sao Vicente - Saint Lucia leg (2090nm)
3-8 DecArrival in Saint Lucia (Rodney Bay Marina)
10 DecARC+ finish line closes
11 DecPrize giving ceremony in Saint Lucia

DateDetails for ARC Gran Canaria - Saint Lucia Direct
9 NovARC Office opens in Las Palmas
18 NovLast date for boat arrivals in Las Palmas
25 NovStart day!
12:30 Multihulls
12:45 Racing Divisions
13:00 Cruising Divisions
13-18 DecMajority of ARC boats arrive in Rodney Bay
21 DecARC finish line closes, 12:00 local time
22 DecPrize giving ceremony

Future Start Dates from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Year  ARC+ Start DayARC Start Day
 2019 10 November 24 November
 2020 8 November 22 November

Saint Lucia and Beyond

There is so much to do on Saint Lucia that many yachts stay on the Island for Christmas, enjoying the warm Saint Lucian hospitality and beautiful island (and the rum punches...). many ARC boats continue their Caribbean cruising in small groups, often meeting other ARC friends in Caribbean anchorages.

Every boat is welcomed to Rodney Bay Marina with rum punches, fresh fruit and chilled beer.  No matter what time of day or night, the welcome party will be ready for you!

Sample ARC Activities in Saint Lucia
  • Saint Lucia Tourist Board welcome party
  • Jazz night
  • ARC in the Park - live music
  • Cultural weekend of activities
  • Marina manager's cocktail party
  • ARC lectures - Caribbean cooking and Caribbean cruising
  • Pigeon Island costume party
  • ARC prize giving ceremony

Start: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

  • Home of the ARC since 1986
  • Vibrant and exciting city
  • Good facilities for visiting yachts

Finish:  Saint Lucia

  • Major tourist destination
  • Excellent flight connections
  • Beautiful and diverse scenery

IGY Rodney Bay Marina

  • Destination for the ARC
  • Full service marina
  • Close to beaches and hotels

  • The Home Port for the Ocean Cruising Community
  • Bi-annual OCC Journal the Flying Fish
  • Worldwide Port Officers offering assistance