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Pacific FAQ

Your Questions Answered

What is the minimum size of boat and crew? 40’ (12.9m) length overall (LOA) with at least two people on board. Yachts less than 40’ may be permitted to join the event, please contact us to discuss.

How long will the rally take? The passage to Cabo takes around 7 days depending on the weather. Leg 2 across the Pacific to Hiva Oa will take between 15-24 days.

When does the rally start? The 2018 edition of ARC Pacific departs on March 3 from Los Angeles, CA. For more information go to the Dates and Route page

Can I use my engine? Boats in the Cruising and Open Divisions may use their engines for propulsion, but Cruising Division boats will be penalized for their engine hours when results are calculated.

What safety equipment do I need? We have a list of mandatory and recommended safety equipment that we will inspect on board the boat before the rally starts. Visit the Safety page for more information

What training should I do? We do require the skipper and at least one of the crew to have done some safety and communications equipment, heavy weather sailing and emergency management training within the last five years.

How do I prepare for the rally? You can learn more about the rally and tips for preparing your boat and crew by attending one of our 2 hour boat show forums, or 2 day Ocean Cruising Seminars. We also have a number of handy videos on our YouTube channel. We are always happy to answer questions about preparing boat and crew, and how to source equipment – please call or email us!

Do I need an SSB radio? Whist not a requirement for boats only sailing with ARC Pacific, SSB Radio is a mandatory requirement for World ARC. Daily radio nets take place on SSB and all rally participants must be able to send and receive email at sea with an SSB and a pactor modem, or a satellite telephone.

How do I find crew? Personal recommendations are the best way of finding crew, but you can also register free on Ocean Crew Link at to look for crew or respond to adverts. The World ARC Facebook page is another good way to connect.

Can I take my children? Families with children of all ages are very welcome.

What about visas? We will provide information about visas in the Rally Handbook, and the country information pages on are also helpful.

Can I take my pets? We have no restrictions on the animals you carry on your boat, but you must comply with the laws and regulations for your home country and any countries visited by the rally. We will provide advice in the Rally Handbook, or look up the country information on

What about support on the rally? The same team will meet you in every official stopover, so you will get to know each other well. They will help with entry formalities, local contacts, docking, excursions, social activities and emergencies.

How can families at home stay in touch with the boats? All boats will be fitted with an Iridium satellite tracker, which will display the boats positions on the online Fleet Viewer. All boats can also blog for free on the rally website.