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ARC+ Itinerary

The ARC+ Route

The first stage of the rally sails from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Mindelo Marina, São Vicente, a distance of approximately 850nm taking between 5 and 7 days for a 12m (40’) cruising boat. Following the 3 to 5 day stopover, yachts can choose to sail to either Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia or Blue Lagoon, St. Vincent. The passage to the Caribbean is approximately 2150nm, and will take 12 to 16 days.

Crossing the Atlantic from the Canaries via Cape Verde enables boats make the most of the north east trade winds; their latitude at 16º50’N is right in the path of the trade winds, promising a great sail to the Caribbean and a warm welcome awaiting your arrival.

Key Dates for 2021

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ARC+ 2021 Itinerary

DateDetails for ARC+ Cape Verdes
27 October Rally office opens in Las Palmas
31 October Last date for arrivals in Las Palmas
7 NovStart of Gran Canaria - Sao Vicente leg (865nm)
12:45 - Multihull start / 13:00 Monohull start
12-14 NovArrival in Mindelo, Sao Vicente (Marina Mindelo)
18 NovRestart from Cape Verde
31 Nov-7 DecArrival in Saint Lucia (Rodney Bay Marina) and St. Vincent (Blue Lagoon)
8 DecPrize giving in Saint Lucia 
 9 DecPrize giving in St. Vincent


ARC+ 2022 Provisional Start date: Sunday 6 November

Arriving in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia
There is so much to do on Saint Lucia that many yachts stay on the Island for Christmas, enjoying the warm Saint Lucian hospitality and beautiful island (and the rum punches...). Many ARC 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!
Arriving in Blue Lagoon
Nestled in Blue Lagoon Bay, Blue Lagoon Marina will host the fleet’s arrival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The idyllic bay is surrounded by palm trees and the small marina boasts a warm Vincentian welcome complete with rum punch... Well worth crossing an ocean for!
When arriving in St. Vincent, there is a lit marked channel to Blue Lagoon Bay suitable for yachts with a draft less than 2.30m (7’ 7”); a deeper channel exists for daytime entry with local pilotage.

Start: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

  • Home of the ARC since 1986
  • Vibrant and exciting city
  • Good facilities for visiting yachts

Finish 1:  Saint Lucia

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

IGY Rodney Bay Marina

  • Destination for the ARC
  • Full service marina
  • Close to beaches and hotels

Finish 2: St. Vincent

  • Major tourist destination
  • Excellent cruising
  • Beautiful and diverse scenery

Blue Lagoon Bay Marina

  • Stunning well-sheltered bay surrounded by palm trees
  • Recently refurbished hotel and marina