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ARC Route and Itinerary

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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to the Caribbean
Every November since 1986 the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has set sail from Las Palmas, bound westward across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Bringing together yachts from all over the world, the fleet gather in Las Palmas Marina in the heart of the port city.

ARC 2023 Itinerary

DateDetails for ARC Gran Canaria - Saint Lucia Direct
6 NovARC Office opens in Las Palmas
12 NovLast date for boat arrivals in Las Palmas
19 NovStart day!
12:30 Multihulls
12:45 Racing Divisions
13:00 Cruising Divisions
7-12 DecMajority of ARC boats arrive in Rodney Bay
15 DecARC finish line closes
16 DecPrize giving ceremony

Future Start Dates:

2024      24 November (start from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

        21 December (prize giving, Rodney Bay, 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
  • Live music at the Boardwalk
  • Tree planting excursion
  • Marina manager's cocktail party
  • ARC lectures - 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