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ARC January Itinerary

ARC January Route

ARC January - A New Year cruise from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia

Following the classic trade wind route from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay Marina, Saint Lucia, ARC January sets off early in the New Year, to bring you to the Caribbean within the month of January.

A January Atlantic crossing should give constant trade winds with few calms, meaning that the rhumb line (shortest) route can be sailed more easily. The passage of approximately 2,700 nautical miles is around 18-21 days at sea for a 12m (40’) cruising boat.

ARC January 2023 Itinerary
DateDetails for ARC January
06 January 2023ARC January Office opens in Las Palmas
08 January 2023Last date for boat arrivals in Las Palmas
15 January 2023Start day!
2-7 Feb 2023Majority of ARC January boats arrive in Rodney Bay
10 February 2023ARC January finish line closes
11 February 2023Prize giving ceremony


Saint Lucia and Beyond

There is so much to do on Saint Lucia that many yachts stay on the Island for several weeks, enjoying the warm Saint Lucian hospitality and beautiful island (and the rum punches...). many rally boats continue their Caribbean cruising in small groups, often meeting other ARC friends in Caribbean anchorages.

Every boat is welcomed to Rodney Bay Marina with rum punches, fresh fruit and chilled beer.  No matter what time of day or night, the welcome party will be ready for you!

Sample ARC Activities in Saint Lucia
  • Saint Lucia Tourism Authority welcome party
  • Live music at the Boardwalk
  • Tree planting excursion
  • Marina manager's cocktail party
  • ARC lectures - Caribbean cruising
  • ARC prize giving ceremony

Start: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

  • Home of the ARC since
  • Vibrant and exciting city
  • Good facilities for visiting yachts





Finish: Saint Lucia

  • Major tourist destination
  • Excellent flight connections
  • Beautiful and diverse scenery