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The ARC is a ‘must do’ for many sailors, and attracts over 200 boats and 1200 people every year to sail 2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia.

The ARC is for everyone; families with children, tough racers, cruising couples, big boats 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)


RALLY NEWS

Looking to live the bluewater dream?.
05/04/2018

Join us for the Bluewater Weekend 22-23 June 2019 Lymington, UKNow in it's sixth year, the WCC team have joined together once again with leading offshore yacht broker Berthon International, to host a weekend of conversation about bluewater cruising at Berthon’s Lymington UK base in June 2019. This popular weekend is designed to encourage visitors think about all aspects of living their... Click here for more info..

Curtain call for a classic ARC.
23/12/2018

ARC 2018 came to a rousing conclusion last night in Saint Lucia with the Prizegiving Ceremony marking the end of the world’s most popular sailing rally for another year. Crews, friends and families were joined by numerous supporters at the Beausejour Indoor Facility just before sunset to enjoy an evening of celebration, not only to recognise the achievements of those who placed well in their... Click here for more info..

Explorers of the Caribbean.
18/12/2018

As of this afternoon on Tuesday 18 December, 163 ARC boats have safely crossed the finish line into Rodney Bay Saint Lucia after their Atlantic crossing from the Canary Islands. This steady inflow made the Rodney Bay Marina a constant hive of activity with 20-30 arrivals each day at the end of last week, keeping the welcome team from World Cruising Club and the Events Company of Saint Lucia busy... Click here for more info..
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19/12/2018

Excalibur - Excalibur - 13

Musings on an Atlantic crossing, 13Are We Nearly There YetSilks and spices, silver and gold,Pearls, jewels, riches untold,Proof god is dead (it’s just natural selection),New land for the queen, new folk for taxation.Treasure and glory the old read more...

19/12/2018

Excalibur - Excalibur - 12

Musings on an Atlantic crossing, 12News WithdrawalTell me that brexit’s been cancelledTell me an equal pay deal’s been reachedTell me that fracking’s been haltedTell me that trump’s been impeachedTell me that poverty’s endedTell me global warming read more...

18/12/2018

Hector - Tag 23 - der letzte Tag auf See - ein Resumée

14°38,1N 58°12,1WWenn alles gut und planmäßig verläuft, war gestern unser letzter voller Tag auf See. Der so schnell verflogen ist, dass wir erst heute zum Bloggen kommen. In wenigen Stunden wollen wir die Rodney Bay Marina erreichen. Die Pitons read more...

17/12/2018

Gitana - ARC planting project with St.Lucia Rotary

Welcome to the tropicsI knew that by sailing into the tropics we would be shifting climates and ecosystems!, Sunshine, still a good risk of the rain we're used to at home (rainy season runs May-December), but much higher chance of it being warm read more...

16/12/2018

Hector - Tag 22 - Ankunft auf Saint Lucia und die Rodney Bay

15°02,1N 55°58,8WNein, noch sind wir nicht da. Aber das Ziel rückt stündlich näher. Stündlich berechnen wir auch unser ETA (= estimated time of arrival, die geschätzte Ankunftszeit) aufs Neue. Mit jedem Zehntel Knoten Speed, den wir mehr aus dem read more...


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TESTIMONIALS
“The ARC made such a difference to our sailing experience as a family. We met wonderful friends and the staff of yellow shirts went beyond the call of duty time and again.”
Lucy Van Hove, S/Y La Cigale

On behalf of myself and my four crew I would like to thank you and all your team for making our time with ARC 2016 a mighty and most enjoyable experience. From the moment we arrived in Las Palmas till departure from Rodney Bay we were looked after so well by your team. All our problems/queries were dealt with in a most competent and satisfactory manner. It was a first class experience for all of us. I had always said that I would only do a trans Atlantic once however this has changed and I will hopefully do it again with ARC!


Nick Musgrave - SY Jasmine (IRL)






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World Cruising Club

Boom Breakage on The Project!

Each year on the ARC there are great examples of seamanship as a number of boats experience breakages and equipment failures during the crossing. For the majority, the breakage may slow the boat down or reduce the level of comfort on board, but most crews cope well with at sea repairs without requiring outside assistance although the SSB Net and ARC Rally Control can help coordinate assistance from within the fleet if required. On board Sigma 38, The Project this year the six man crew had to cope with a major boom breakage, but continued to Saint Lucia and, in the end, topped their Class in the final results. Crew member Amy Cox shared the story of the breakage, and their repair following their arrival in Rodney Bay.

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