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*
Evening: Gather in Haslar Marina, Gosport for Welcome Supper
Leg 1: Gosport to Cherbourg
Arrival drinks, celebrate successful channel crossing
Day to explore Cherbourg
Leg 2: Cherbourg to St Peter Port, Guernsey
Coach tour of the island
Day to explore Guernsey
Leg 3: St Peter Port to Braye, Alderney
Group trip on Alderney Railway
Leg 4: Overnight sail Alderney to Gosport
*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.