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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

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..

Saint Lucia beckons.
18/11/2017

With one day to go, it’s countdown to the start and last night crews let their hair down at the ARC farewell party held at the Real Club Nautico. Managing Director of World Cruising Club, Andrew Bishop gave a moving speech, thanking all the supporters here in Las Palmas including: Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Patronato de Turismo de Gran Canaria, Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Port... Click here for more info..
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23/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 3: The tale of the missing mast!

21 November 2017 0730 position 26 deg 09' N 018 deg 54' WThe wind was indeed really light during the night and the sea state very calm, glassy indeed, although the boat was moving nicely under code 0 doing 4/5 knts. Clear night, no cloud at all and read more...

23/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 2: Ducks and Killer Whales

20 November 2017 Monday 0825 position 26 deg 42' N 016 deg 42'W.Beautiful day! Saw a duck for the first time since Gran Canaria; not sure what sort of a duck it was but it looked like a duck so it must have been a duck. Neal has also just spotted read more...

23/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 4: Alf goes to Finnishing School

22 November 2017 Wednesday 0600 Position 25 deg 21' N 020 deg 52' WThe wind early morning was Westerly 9-11 knts right on the nose and we were beating into it at 5-6 knts. We were however heeling a little and hitting a few waves so Wendy had to read more...

23/11/2017

Charm - Day 7 - halfway mark

I always struggle with what number the day is.Today, however, I am certain.We started on a Wednesday and it's Wednesday again.Although I guess it's actually the beginning of Day 8 because I'm writing 6 hours after we started.Oh well - as long as read more...

23/11/2017

Tommy - Log 3 - A day of school boy errors

3am tap on the cabin door. It’s Stu waking me up for my watch. He fills me in on the previous hours, it was brief. We seem to be stuck in a schizophrenic cluster of wind. As soon as we get our hopes up and slow our speed on the engine, it drops to read more...


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TESTIMONIALS

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

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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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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