Cruisers Give Thumbs Up to Rally

19 September 2016

Following the successful first edition ARC Channel Islands this August, we are pleased to announce that the rally will sail again in August 2017.

Cruisers from the 2016 rally joined with prospective 2017 sailors to discuss their adventures at the RYA Members’ Lounge at the Southampton Boat Show. Run in association with RYA Active Marina, ARC Channel Islands definitely got the “thumbs-up” from previous participants for its unique mix of preparation advice and support from a lead boat, combined with a cruise-in-company and social activities ashore.

The aim of the ARC Channel Islands Rally was to give cruisers the impetus and encouragement to extend their cruising horizons, whether as a first offshore voyage; perhaps a first time double-handed cruising; or sailing with young children, or experiencing crossing the Channel at night.“The rally was brilliant! It was a chance to test ourselves in a safe and social environment.” said Liz and Keith Hedges who sailed Amy Clair.

Haslar Marina in Gosport will host the start of ARC Channel Islands 2017 with a social programme as well as boat safety checks 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.

Entries Open in January
Detailed route and dates will be available from January 2017 when registration opens for the next rally.

Due to space restrictions, ARC Channel Islands is limited to 30 boats and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served basis’. We anticipate the rally to be popular and encourage those interested to enter early to secure their place.

Full details including pricing, rally benefits and links to the conditions of entry and safety equipment requirements are available in the ARC Channel Islands Information Pack. To request a copy, please click 'Tell Me More'