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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

An Ocean Sailing Masterclass.
14/11/2019

Day One of the ARC seminar programme kicked off today with a packed room of enthusiastic ARC sailors keen to listen to the experts in ocean sailing, here to help them sail safely to Saint Lucia. First off was Vicky Ellis, the newest member of the ARC yellowshirt squad, an RYA YachtMaster Instructor with over 100,000nm offshore experience, both as an ARC and a Clipper RTW skipper. Her focus was... Click here for more info..

ARC Program Kicks Off in Las Palmas.
11/11/2019

Whilst the first of the ARC+ boats are expected to arrive in Mindelo, Cape Verdes on Thursday evening, here in Las Palmas, the start of a busy two-week pre-departure programme for ARC participants is well underway. The check-in team were all set this morning to meet and greet skippers and crews who were first on the list to register their arrival and keen to receive their ARC... Click here for more info..

A Swell Send-off for ARC+.
10/11/2019

It was a challenging start to leg one of ARC+ 2019 today from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as a large north easterly swell gave the boats a rolling send off. In total 90 of the 95 strong fleet took the start for the 865nm passage to Mindelo in Cape Verde, with four boats opting to delay their starts until later in the week and one more delayed by mechanical problems.In Las Palmas marina this... Click here for more info..
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16/11/2019

Fish Pie - Mountain of supplies still to buy

I think we have broken the back of the work on Fish Pie in preparation for the start in a weeks time.  A few bits left and more spending to be done, but all quite manageable now.  We will need some advice on fishing gear, as none of us read more...

13/11/2019

Lubilu III - LL3: Meet the crew

Introducing the crew for Lubilu III and the 2019 ARC Crossing! Graham Helsby (IT specialist, 62). Skipper, with experience dinghy sailing as a boy in 'Lubilu I' and offshore sailing for over 20 years originally in 'Lubilu II' and now with 'Lubilu read more...

10/11/2019

Lubilu III - Introduction to Lubilu III

Lubilu III is a French Jouet 37 built in 1978 making her a one tonne Bermuda Sloop with a mast head rig & full keel. A typical racing cruiser of the era she is sturdy and reliable and has proven to hold her own in heavy seas. She joined our read more...

04/11/2019

Arausha - attempt I

Greatings from arausha read more...

01/11/2019

Grand Cru - Our Passage so far...

The Passage so far…We arrived in Las Palmas on 30th September.Earlier than originally planned.We were advised to arrive early in case the good weather that we have experienced changed against us.Our passage from Greece started on 2nd September and 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

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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World Cruising Club

New boats – new adventures

Of the 190+ boats taking part in the ARC this year, around 20 in the fleet are new-builds, produced in 2019. They include nine multihulls such as Johnathan Davis’ American 12.19m Bali 4.1, View Finder, Pierre and Lisa Caouette’s 18.28m French Canadian Outremer 5X, BioTrek, and previous WCC rally and World ARC participants, Stuart and Pat Smith’s Fountaine Pajot Saona 47, BriZo who are continuing their blue water cruising adventures, this time with a catamaran.... more info


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