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ARC Channel Islands Itinerary

The Route

The ARC Channel Islands fleet will be accompanied on each leg by the ‘Hamble School of Yachting’ lead boat, with World Cruising Club staff and professional YMI skipper aboard. Berthing in all marinas and formalities between ports are organised on behalf of all rally boats, enabling you to concentrate on sailing and having a good time.

Starting from Gosport Marina early on Saturday 12th August, rally boats have a full day’s sail for the 70 mile passage to Cherbourg. This is one of the longest and busiest legs of the rally, with heavy commercial traffic in the Channel's shipping lanes. There is no pressure to arrive by a certain hour as Cherbourg is an all-weather port and accessible at any state of the tide.

From Cherbourg, the distances between stopovers in Guernsey and Alderney are short; Using the tides to our advantage, the days are planned to combine pleasant sailing with time to explore ashore and meet up with other crews over a rally meal or sundowner on arrival. The return crossing from Alderney is an overnight sail, and crews are welcomed back into Gosport by rally staff whatever time they arrive the next day.

ARC Channel Islands 2017 Schedule*




10 Aug 

Evening: Gather in Haslar Marina, Gosport for Welcome Supper


11 Aug 

 Skippers' Briefing 


12 Aug 

Leg 1: Gosport to Cherbourg
Arrival drinks, celebrate successful channel crossing


13 Aug 

Day to explore Cherbourg


14 Aug 

Leg 2: Cherbourg to St Peter Port, Guernsey


15 Aug 

Coach tour of the island


16 Aug 

Day to explore Guernsey


17 Aug 

Leg 3: St Peter Port to Braye, Alderney


18 Aug 

Group trip on Alderney Railway

19 Aug 

Leg 4: Overnight sail Alderney to Gosport


20 Aug 

Arrive Haslar Marina, Gosport and Farewell Lunch


*The overall route and daily schedule is weather dependent 

ARC Channel Islands Preparation Seminar – 6th May 2017

ARC Channel Islands participants (the skipper and at least one crew member) are recommended to attend the comprehensive Preparation Seminar held at the Chichester Yacht Club on Saturday 6th May 2017. The seminar will be an ideal opportunity to see how your preparations for the rally are progressing, with plenty of time still available to take on board tips and advice from experienced cruisers. The seminar also provides an opportunity to meet your fellow ralliers! Time to socialise with other crews is planned during the day, and the World Cruising Club team will be available to answer any questions you may have. 

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