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ARC Channel Islands Itinerary

The Route

Starting from Haslar Marina early on Friday 16th 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 between 30-60nm; 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 Haslar Marina by rally staff whatever time they arrive the next day.

ARC Channel Islands 2019 Schedule*




14 Aug 

Gather in Haslar Marina, Gosport for Welcome Supper


15 Aug 

 Skippers' Briefing, safety checks, seminars, ready for an early start.


16 Aug 

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


17 Aug 

Day in Cherbourg


18 AugLeg 2: Cherbourg to St Helier, Jersey59nm 
19 AugDay to explore Jersey  
20 Aug Day to explore Jersey  

21 Aug 

Leg 3: St Helier, Jersey to St Peter Port


22 Aug 

Day to explore Guernsey


23 Aug 

Leg 4: St Peter Port to Braye, Alderney


24 Aug 

Group trip on Alderney Railway
Prizegiving and Farewell Dinner

25 Aug 

Leg 4: Overnight sail Alderney to Gosport


26 Aug 

Arrive back in Haslar Marina and welcome back breakfast


*The overall route and daily schedule is weather dependent 


ARC Channel Islands Preparation Seminar – 18 May 2019

ARC Channel Islands participants (the skipper and at least one crew member) are recommended to attend the comprehensive Preparation Seminar held at the Hamble School of Yachting on Saturday 18 May 2019 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. More details about the programme will be available on the website and in the newsletters leading up to the seminar.