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ARC Europe Itinerary

Sail from Caribbean or USA to Europe

ARC Europe is the west-to-east Atlantic rally, sailing from the Caribbean or North America to Europe. The two fleets rendezvous in St George's, Bermuda before crossing the Atlantic to the Azores.  

After cruising the Azorean archipelago, boats sail to Marina de Lagos in southern Portugal, or sail independently to northern Europe.

In every port there will be social activities, plus tours ashore in the Azores.

ARC Europe 2024 - Rally Itinerary
06 MayRally office opens in St Maarten and support provided for US Starters 
11 MayDepart St Maarten, or US East Coast to Bermuda845 NM
22 MayBermuda to Horta, Faial Azores1,800 NM
 Azores Cruise
Faial, Terceira, and S. Miguel
14 JuneS. Miguel, Azores to Lagos, Portugal875 NM
23 JuneFinal prize giving, Lagos, Portugal

"It has been a lot of fun to cruise the Azores in the company of other ARC Europe boats, reconnecting with old sailing friends, and making new ones"
 Michael Kantrowitz, yacht Splendido (USA)

DetailMiles1 MayRally office opens at Nanny Cay Marina 3 MayRally office opens at Ocean Yacht Marina, Portsmouth, VA6 MayNanny Cay, Tortola BVI to Bermuda845 NM6 MayPortsmouth VA to Bermuda540 NM17 MayBermuda to Horta, Faial Azores1,800 NM Azores Cruise
Faial, Terceira, Sao Miguel 10 JuneSao Miguel, Azores to Lagos, Portugal820 NM18 JuneFinal prize giving, Lagos, Portugal

Explore Ashore

At your start port there will be social activities to help you meet the other crews and a programme of seminars and safety checks. 

The fun really starts in Bermuda, with arrivals parties and the first of the awards ceremonies.  As well as recognising great sailing, boat speeds and good seamanship, the awards celebrate the diversity of the rally, the people and boats.  Bermuda is home to Gosling's Rum, so there is a fair chance of a 'Dark 'n Stormy' or two!

Azores Cruise

The highlight for many participants is the Azores Cruise.  Most boats speed across the Atlantic, rushing past these diverse, friendly and interesting islands.  Each is quite different, so visiting four in the cruise is a great opportunity.  Experience the world-renowned Peter Cafe Sport in Horta, street bull running on Terceira, wines on Pico, hydrangeas and thermal springs on Sao Miguel - each off their own unique experience.  Our rally team ensures that you get the most out of your visit to the Azores.

St Maarten

  • Excellent marine services
  • Friendly, welcoming staff

Ports en route:

  • St. George's Dinghy & Sports Club, Bermuda                                                                  
  • Marina de Horta, Faial, Azores
  • Marina d'Angra, Terceira, Azores
  • Marina de Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores

Finish port: Marina de Lagos, Portugal 

  • Secure modern marina
  • Friendly bilingual staff
  • Close to historic old Lagos