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ARC+ Route and Itinerary

ARC+ Route Map

ARC+ via Cape Verde to Saint Lucia
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay Marina, Saint Lucia, via Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde.
Approximately 850 + 2150 nautical miles or 5>7 + 12>16 days for a 12m (40’) cruising boat.

Crossing the Atlantic from the Canaries to Saint Lucia via Cape Verde enables boats make the most of the north east trade winds. 

The Cape Verde islands are ideally placed for boats to sail south into seasonal winds; their latitude at 16º50’N is right in the path of the trade winds, promising a great sail for the passage to Saint Lucia.

ARC+ 2018 Itinerary

DateDetails for ARC+ Cape Verdes
01 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)
11 DecARC+ finish line closes
12 DecPrize giving ceremony in Saint Lucia

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 Tourism Authority welcome party
  • Anse La Raye Fish Fry
  • Familiarisation Tours
  • ARC lectures - Caribbean cooking and Caribbean cruising
  • 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