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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

Settling in to life at sea.
24/11/2017

Whisked away from Gran CanariaFollowing the mass migration of the ARC fleet from Muelle Deportivo on Sunday, the first five days at sea have already delivered plenty of special moments bearing the hallmarks of a great ocean sail – highs and lows included. Following Sunday’s start, many flew spinnakers and cruising chutes to propel them away from Gran Canaria, notching up personal speed records... Click here for more info..

ARC+ fleet crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
21/11/2017

After 6 days from the start the ARC+ fleet is making good progress towards St Lucia, and the crews are celebrating and enjoying the Atlantic crossing on board their yachts in many different ways. For some it’s flying a spinnaker, others it’s catching a fish or practicing celestial navigationPictures and logs from the Fleet:After the start from Mindelo the wind is getting lighter and many boats... Click here for more info..

Into the Atlantic – ARC 2017 Sets Sail from Gran Canaria.
19/11/2017

Under glorious warm sunshine, with a light breeze, a truly special atmosphere swept through the marina in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this morning as months of preparations became final farewells, and yachts made their final checks before heading out to the start line for the 32nd edition of the ARC.Over the past two weeks, crews from 40 nations around the globe have enjoyed the pre-departure... Click here for more info..
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24/11/2017

Charm - Day 8 - giving thanks

As we sat down to enjoy our burgers (beef for most and quinoa for Tim) and hot dogs with sides of mashed potatoes, cranberries and fruit salad (sort of 4th of July meets Thanksgiving), I realized how lucky we are to have Tim and Kent on the read more...

24/11/2017

Hot Stuff - josies blog - thursday 23/11

Our fifth day at sea started with a 2am wake up call to start watch. Lucky it's a short commute! Not long after being on deck we hear some big splashes, puffs of air and shadows in the bioluminescence- we were joined by dolphins! Very cool and read more...

24/11/2017

Hummingbird - Half way party

We’re over halfway across the Atlantic! St Lucia is now closer than Cape Verde, less than 1000nm to go! The atmosphere on board Hummingbird is normally a solid mix of cockpit dancing/ evening socials/ night watch giggles anyway, but with this read more...

24/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 5 (23.11.)

Jetzt geht die Party richtig los! Ein Blick in die Geburtsdaten der Teilnehmer beschert uns die Erkenntnis, dass zwei der Mitreisenden sich dieses einmalige Abenteuer wg. runder Geburtstage gegönnt haben (Nachträglich alles Gute, André und Hanno), read more...

24/11/2017

Passepartout - No motoring for bilingual Passepartout

Despite being in cruising division H the temperaments on board Passepartout are in full-on racing mode. No motoring penalties for us as we tweak and sail change 24/7; religiously download weather GRIB files; debate wind arrows and best course read more...


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TESTIMONIALS

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)

Thank you all for your fantastic and enthusiastic support and work to make this a wonderful ARC for us and all participating yachts. Once again we thank you all, we had a wonderful time.


Gijs & Femke, King's Legend ARC 2014






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Ed the Fundraising Iguana!

Whilst the ARC+ fleet were in the Cape Verdes, the crews of three of the boats went to visit the SOS Children's Villages charity in Mindelo. The charity does fantastic work helping children off and on the streets and supporting challenged families. The captain of yacht Helen, Philip Scott took along ARC Mascot Ed the Iguana to the centre. Having taken part in the ARC+ for the last few years, Ed has become very fond of the children in the Cape Verde Islands and a firm supporter of the work done by SOS Children's Village Mindelo. They met two boys who were orphaned and were living at the center and asked why they had volunteered to stay: " Bad things happen on the street" and "I get education, food and a bed"... more info


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