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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 Darthaven Marina early on Saturday 11th August, rally boats have a full day’s sail for the 71 mile passage to Guernsey. This is one of the longest and busiest legs of the rally, with heavy commercial traffic in the Channel's shipping lanes. With walk ashore pontoons outside the marina there is no time pressure to arrive.

From Guernsey, the distances between stopovers in Jersey 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 Dartmouth by rally staff whatever time they arrive.

ARC Channel Islands 2018 Schedule*




9 Aug 

Evening: Gather in Darthaven Marina, Dartmouth for Welcome Supper


10 Aug 

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


11 Aug 

Leg 1: Dartmouth to St Peter Port, Guernsey
Arrival drinks, celebrate successful channel crossing


12 Aug 

Guernsey Island Tour


13 AugDay to explore Guernsey  

14 Aug 

Leg 2: St Peter Port to St Helier, Jersey


15 Aug 

Day to explore Jersey


16 Aug 

Leg 3: St Helier to Braye, Alderney


17 Aug 

Group trip on Alderney Railway
Prizegiving and Farewell Dinner

18 Aug 

Leg 4: Overnight sail Alderney to Dartmouth


19 Aug 

Arrive back in Dartmouth and welcome back breakfast


*The overall route and daily schedule is weather dependent 


ARC Channel Islands Preparation Seminar – 21 April 2018

ARC Channel Islands participants (the skipper and at least one crew member) are recommended to attend the comprehensive Preparation Seminar held at the Dartmouth Yacht Club on Saturday 21 April 2018. 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. 

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