Following the successful first edition ARC Channel Islands last summer, we are pleased to announce that entries are now open for ARC Channel Islands 2017. Run in association with RYA Active Marina and Practical Boat Owner magazine, the rally promises to be a unique mix of preparation advice and support from a lead boat, combined with a cruise-in-company and social activities ashore.
Crews joining ARC Channel Islands will receive the peace of mind of being part of an organised event; enjoying social and sightseeing activities with others in the fleet along with time to independently explore. The entry fee includes all berthing for the duration of the rally, GPS satellite tracking of each yacht, the support of a lead boat and World Cruising Club staff on hand throughout the rally. Aside from the focus on safety and support, there is a comprehensive social programme encouraging the camaraderie between crews to quickly develop during the rally. RYA membership is included in the entry fee for those not already members and discounts are available for existing RYA members. Click here to request an information pack with full details.
About the rally
Haslar Marina in Gosport will host the start of ARC Channel Islands 2017 with a social programme as well as boat safety checks, passage planning guidance and a Skippers' Briefing. Throughout the route there is the familiar mix of social sailing, get-togethers ashore and the reassurance that the lead boat is there to guide and assist. On board, the team including a senior instructor from Hamble School of Yachting
are there to help, encourage and check plans, as much or as little as crews want.
“The benefits we derived from taking part in the rally were enormous.” said Stephen Richardson, of Hallberg Rassy 312 Midnight Wanderer who sailed with the first edition of the rally in 2016. “Passage planning and navigation skills were enhanced, and there was a sense of achievement in ticking off the marks as we went down Little Russel, and succeeding in picking out the lights as we approached Portsmouth on return. The daily briefings from the lead boat were not directional, but helpful nonetheless, and the YB Tracking unit allowed us to keep track of all the boats in the fleet.”
The rally office will open on Thursday, 10 August, before the fleet slip their lines (weather permitting) on Saturday 12 August from Haslar Marina. Framed with the offshore cross-Channel legs, the route explores some of the highlights of Cherbourg, Guernsey and Alderney, with the opportunity to change crew along the way. The rally ends back in Gosport following a night sail on Sunday 20 August. Click here for the full itinerary
ARC Channel Islands Preparation Seminar – 6th May 2017
WCC will be holding a comprehensive Preparation Seminar held at the Chichester Yacht Club on Saturday 6th May 2017. The seminar will be an ideal opportunity for participants to assess how preparations for the rally are progressing, with plenty of time still available to take on board tips and advice from experienced cruisers and provides an opportunity to meet fellow ralliers. The Preparation Seminar is also open to anyone planning their own trip across the Channel and topics discussed will include areas important for completing a Channel crossing as well as information for cruising around the Channel Islands, guidance on how to prepare your boat and crew for the rally and some reminders of best practice for safe sailing. Registration for the seminar will be open shortly on the Training Page of the website.