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
ARC+ 2021 Itinerary
|Date||Details for ARC+ Cape Verdes|
|27 October|| Rally office opens in Las Palmas|
|31 October|| Last date for arrivals in Las Palmas|
|7 Nov||Start of Gran Canaria - Sao Vicente leg (865nm)|
12:45 - Multihull start / 13:00 Monohull start
|12-14 Nov||Arrival in Mindelo, Sao Vicente (Marina Mindelo)|
|19 Nov||Restart from Cape Verde|
|1-6 Dec||Arrival in Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada|
| 9 Dec||Prizegiving in Grenada|
ARC+ Future Start Dates
2022 6 November
2023 5 November
2024 10 November
Arriving in Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina
Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, is a hidden gem with unspoiled beauty offering a lifestyle so pure and authentic that you will feel instantly renewed. Famed for its aromatic spices and organic chocolate, the tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique is located in the eastern Caribbean just south of Barbados. The Pure Grenada experience amplified by the “Pure Safe Travel” initiative, beckons visitors to its 40 white sandy beaches including the world-famous Grand Anse Beach, 15 breath-taking waterfalls, 5 chocolate factories, 3 rum distilleries, and more than 30 unforgettable dive sites, including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean ‘Bianca C’ and the World’s First Underwater Sculpture Park.
Camper & Nicholsons is widely recognised to be one of the world's oldest and most prestigious yachting business names, with origins dating back to 1782. The company has specialised in marina and waterfront development for over 40 years and has provided services to clients in more than 25 countries worldwide. Projects range from small marinas through to developments of over 500 hectares. Camper & Nicholsons currently own and operate marinas in Grenada, Malta, Turkey, with over 30 new projects currently under way all over the world. Owned and managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, Port Louis Marina has transformed Grenada's yachting facilities. Overlooking the historic capital St Georges and designed to reflect the traditional Creole architecture, the marina offers 227 berths, including 30 superyacht berths for vessels from 25m to 90m LOA, and up to 7m draft.