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ARC Europe



Cruise in company from the Caribbean or USA to Marina de Lagos in southern Portugal. Explore the Atlantic islands of Bermuda and the Azores with friends.
More than just a trans-ocean delivery, ARC Europe is a convivial way to start a European adventure or to end a Caribbean season. The rally has two starts; from the Chesapeake on the US East Coast, and from Nanny Cay, Tortola BVI; with the two fleets meeting in Bermuda. Then on to cruise the Azores, seeing bull running, flowers, traditional buildings and spectacular scenery before the final voyage to Europe.
Our team are with you in every port, helping you make the most of your time ashore with parties and tours, advice and support.
“It has been a lot of fun to cruise the Azores in the company of other ARC Europe boats”

Kinship - Arrival in Horta, Ursula, Andy, Tim and Mia
Kinship - Rigging check, Kinship from above

RALLY NEWS

Bye Bye Bermuda!.
15/05/2019

Start Day dawned with clear blue skies and a light breeze.Perfect weather!It is always sad to be leaving the charming and stunningly beautiful island of Bermuda and especially St. George’s Town, but even more so when the sun is shining as it was for today's start of ARC Europe! Boats made their final preparations around 1000 ready for the start at 1100 local time. Due to the inclement weather... Click here for more info..

Prizegiving Leg 1 Nanny Cay to Bermuda.
13/05/2019

On Sunday evening, 125 crew members from the 32 ARC Europe/USA boats in St. Georges assembled at the Dinghy Club to enjoy an evening of celebrations marking the end of the first stage of their Atlantic crossing. The evening began with Gosling’s Rum Brand Director Andrew Holmes welcoming participants and guiding them through tasting samples of rum and sharing the story of their brand’s historical... Click here for more info..

ARC Europe & ARC USA arrivals in Bermuda.
11/05/2019

After 5 days at sea, the first boats of ARC Europe 2019 slipped quietly onto anchorage during the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning, 9th May.Just shy of 0500 local time, Oceanis, a Beneteau Oceanis 58, led the way through the clear crystal waters into St. George’s Town followed rapidly by Phantom and Sea Flute.A little too early for clearance, the boats waited patiently until the Customs Office... Click here for more info..
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21/05/2019

Chantana - ARC Europe 2019 Blog: Chantana 20th May

Hello Landlubbers,Lovely sunny day with light Northerly winds. read more...

21/05/2019

Attitude - 1000NM

Hello everyoneToday we hit the 1000NM point of this leg of the passage and 1st time for Anton, 2nd for Rui and João is a veteran of many. We had a small celebration, and were also joined by a school of dolphins who were equally excited.Today was a read more...

20/05/2019

Attitude - SY attitude - Skyper notes

Hi there in the comfort of the sofa At Attitude we star to feel the winter and the humidity of the Atlantic the water temperature change from the 27 in the BVI’s to the 20 today together with some rain showers making the evening watch a bit misery read more...

20/05/2019

Attitude - Close to halfway

Hello everyoneWe are making good progress in steady 15-20kn winds and trying to skirt just south of gale force winds. Current wind is from North as are swells making for a bit of a “bumpy” ride, but are getting used to it. Everyone reading books read more...

19/05/2019

Attitude - Wind and Waves

Hello everyoneMay the swell be with youThe wind finally picked up around 3am this morning and has been with us all day blowing a steady 15-20 knots and sometimes gusting to 25. Boat is progressing well but the choppy swells are throwing us around a read more...


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TESTIMONIALS
Joining ARC Europe is not only crossing an ocean, but sharing the experience of a lifetime with an amazing group of sailors and making friendships forever. We joined ARC Europe for safety reasons but it turned out to be the final highlight of this year's journey.
Ursula Weissman. sy Starship
Once again we would like to thank you for organizing a fantastic event. We are so glad to have taken part. Especially we would like to thank Lyall, Nick and Andy who did a superb job throughout. We really enjoyed the few days in Bermuda and have promised ourselves to return there before too long.
Chris & Nirit Slaney, sy Passepartout






FEATURES
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Back to business in the BVIs

In September last year, Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction across the northern Leeward Islands, including the British Virgin Islands – home to the arrival of the annual ARC Caribbean 1500 each November, and departure of ARC Europe each May. The storm was one of the strongest to hit the region since records began causing the tragic loss of many lives, and devastating damage to homes and infrastructure throughout the region. Hurricane Irma, closely followed by Hurricane Maria struck the islands shortly before the start of their busy tourism season, but the message following was clear: the community wanted visitors to return, and everyone was pulling together to be able to give a warm welcome, especially to returning boaters.... more info


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