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ARC Channel Islands

Join World Cruising Club, in association with RYA Active Marina, for a very special cruising rally to the Channel Islands and France.

Planning a trip across the channel can be a daunting prospect, even for experienced sailors. ARC Channel Islands is the perfect way to enjoy the camaraderie and support of cruising with an organised rally, and whet your appetite for cruising further afield.

Whether you are a seasoned rallier or a first-timer, ARC Channel Islands is an enjoyable way to grow your confidence cruising away from home. Come together with existing friends and make new ones throughout the cruise.

Social activities ashore, coupled with safety requirements and recommendations, daily weather briefings, position reporting and a radio net make the ARC Channel Islands both safe and fun.


Adventures in Alderney and final Au Revoirs.

On Thursday afternoon the rally departed for Alderney, marking the last stop in the Channel Islands, before returning to Gosport.Conditions were good with Southerly winds and a calm sea state. A pod of dolphins greeted the fleet as they departed Guernsey marina, making for some great picture opportunities. The wind started to drop as the day went on and the majority of the fleet decided to motor... Click here for more info..

Glorious Guernsey.

After a relaxing couple of days in Cherbourg, the rally awoke Monday morning feeling refreshed and relaxed.The sea state resembled a mill pond and the winds were light, to the relief of many of the crew who suffered seasickness during their passage from Gosport to Cherbourg. A couple of spinnakers appeared and Clare from World Cruising Club captured some excellent pictures. It didn’t take long... Click here for more info..

Crews triumph in testing conditions .

After two days of preparation at Haslar Marina the time had come for this year’s participants to cross the channel to Cherbourg.Tides and passage plans made for an early start, with boats setting off between 0500 and 0530 for the first leg of ARC Channel Islands 2017.               (Ali from Doodles of Hamble armed and ready)      ... Click here for more info..
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Legato - Log day 9

What a night!One of the great things for me about this trip is that I experienced lots of new new things.46 knots of wind on a swinging mooring is now one of them.How appropriate that name is.In the morning the wind had dropped to a strong force 6 read more...


Legato - Log day 10

Is it that time already?We couldn’t believe the end of the trip was in sight.I could easily have stayed another couple of days.With the prospect of an overnight crossing short handed, we were pleased the ARC team has laid on a train for us to see read more...


Legato - Log day 11

We grabbed 3 hours sleep and woke to Clare and Charlie waving at us from the Trinity Lightship.Coffee and bacon butties for anyone ready to join in.Then final goodbyes and promises to keep in touch. So in the final analysis, what did we think?I read more...


Matakana Blue - Final passage home

My passage plan suggested an 8am start to arrive at the needless around 19.00 as the tide turns but talk over dinner of "first light" from Doodles and Omnishambles revise my plans and we depart at 7am,Ian calls me to say they left at 5.30 have 5 read more...


Legato - Log day 7

A much welcomed second free day and off on a jolly holiday bus tour.Takes you back!Our guide (Graham?) gave us a very personal and understated history of the island as he drove us through the tiny roads and we loved it.The island is bigger than I read more...

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Sailing in a group with professional support adds to the enjoyment and minimises the concerns when sailing further afield in unknown waters. Our holiday was definitely enhanced by our involvement with the Rally team and the crews of the other boats. We'd definitely consider doing it again.
ARC Channel Islands 2016
The rally was our first experience of cross channel sailing and we gained increasing experience and confidence as the rally progressed. The rally leaders were friendly, understanding and supportive and many of a worries vanished over the course of the week. We visited some interesting places and sailed some interesting and at times challenging waters. The Rally is a great way of introducing oneself to the challenges of the channel and the channel islands and the confidence that goes with it.
Keith, Vicky, Jack & Edward, S/Y Mary Ann

World Cruising Club

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