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)
ARC 2022 Prizegiving.
In an emotional evening focusing on the achievements of the crews taking part in the 37 edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), the traditional ARC prizegiving party on Saturday 17th December marked the end of the transatlantic sailing rally for another year. Held at the Beausejour Indoor Facility, the evening provided a rousing conclusion to the annual ARC, and a chance to recognise... Click here for more info..
The last boats close on Saint Lucia.
The docks at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina are now full with ARC boats, as the 2022 fleet pulls into town. By the morning of 14th December there will be 118 boats finished in Saint Lucia, with just 18 boats still at sea. Rally Control are keeping a close eye on the progress of the final ARC yachts, most of whom have had some technical problems or had to stop en route in Mindelo, adding extra days to... Click here for more info..
An emotional day on the dockside as more boats arrive.
“ARC Finish Line…ARC Finish Line… this is yacht Take Off at 2 miles” is the call as the VHF radio crackles into life. For ARC boats arriving into Rodney Bay, this is the start of the arrivals process, alerting the finish line boat and the shoreside yellow shirt team to another imminent arrival. Since Malolo, the first arrival on 1st December, the finish line team have welcomed 45 boats, taking... Click here for more info..
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Skyelark 2 - midway log
I had a unique experience today, I swam with dolphins in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.Actually, it was on the mid-point of our eighteen handred nautical milevoyage from Bermuda to Horta, as part of the ARC Europe rally. Since leaving Bermuda 6 read more...
Jo - Tag 29 - Land in Sicht!!
Um 08:08 Uhr war es soweit, die ersten gaaaanz ganz schwachen Konturen Martiniques tauchten im Dunst des Horizonts auf. Land in Sicht! 50 Meilen entfernt und wirklich nur so schwach sichtbar, dass zunächst nur Paul und ich die typischen Formen der read more...
Jo - Tag 28 - Nachtgedanken und schöne Nachrichten
Wenn nichts Unvorhergesehenes mehr passiert, bricht nun die letzte Nacht auf See während dieser Atlantiküberquerung auf der Barfußroute an. 113 Meilen haben wir - nur - noch vor uns. Ein guter Moment, um zurückzublicken, auf die Meilen, die hinter read more...
Katy - Friday 15/12 Day 26 - Maintenance Day
I had a full on day with maintenance today. I had to change the 5V batteryin the heads water freshener thing. I started by locating the battery and the tools for the job, a flat head screwdriver. I did this soon after breakfastand once ready it was read more...
"Not enough words to express our gratitude. The camaraderie of the whole ARC fleet and the ARC rally control's 24hr engagement is what the ARC is all about. There is only one way to cross the Atlantic sailing, it's with the ARC!"
Louise Wennberg, S/Y Take Off
I have to admit that I was a little cynical and wary about whether I wanted to be organised into a rally environment before signing up but I am now a convert – and indeed should anyone enquire I will be an advocate for both this event and your organisation
The level of support was just pitched perfectly and the quiet way that the team organised both us and the overall group was superbly efficient but without fuss and over complication. The camaraderie of the participants was fantastic and added a rich element to our first transatlantic experience.
Chris & Kate Russell, Associate3
SeaLabs Phase 1 completed - now steering into launching a new gen kit for ARC 2023
The Spanish environmental group Ambiente Europeo equipped 15 sailboats with mobile test kits – SeaLabs - in November during ARC 2022 for crews to measure various marine parameters on the high seas. Using the simple, lightweight kits provided at the start in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, samples were taken throughout the crossing, with the data provided used for diverse marine research projects to gain more insight into ocean’s acidity, absorption of CO2, and level of microplastic pollution. Participants included biologists, ocean researchers, medical doctors, students and sailing families who help in researching how ocean parameters change.... more info