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ARC+ takes sailors across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to the Caribbean via the Cape Verde archipelago. Originally launched in response to the ever growing popularity of the ARC, the route via the Cape Verde islands is now firmly established as a standalone rally with its own unique identity.

The Cape Verde islands are ideally placed for boats to sail ‘south until the butter melts’ and the route includes a 3 to 5 day stopover at Mindelo, São Vicente providing crews with an opportunity to discover the enchanting local culture, lively nightlife and bustling food markets that make the Cape Verdes a fascinating place to visit.

Two Caribbean destinations are available – sail to IGY Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia, or Blue Lagoon Marina in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


RALLY NEWS

A Swell Send-off for ARC+.
10/11/2019

It was a challenging start to leg one of ARC+ 2019 today from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as a large north easterly swell gave the boats a rolling send off. In total 90 of the 95 strong fleet took the start for the 865nm passage to Mindelo in Cape Verde, with four boats opting to delay their starts until later in the week and one more delayed by mechanical problems.In Las Palmas marina this... Click here for more info..

Counting down to the ARC+ Start.
09/11/2019

With less than one day to go until the start of ARC+ 2019, the final countdown to departure from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is on. Over 400 cruising sailors are readying their boats now their Atlantic adventure is nearly here and it’s a busy time around the docks as final preparations are made for the first leg of their two stage crossing to Mindelo, Cape Verde.Last night, crews from yachts... Click here for more info..

ARC+ Participants visit beloved Spanish Navy training schooner.
09/11/2019

Today 47 ARC+ participants were lucky enough to visit the Spanish Navy training schooner, Juan Sebastian de Elcano, at the Gran Canaria Naval base.2019 marks the 500 year anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the globe, which was completed by a Spanish Skipper. To commemorate this milestone Spain’s most beloved navy training vessel has started to sail around the world with the motto on... Click here for more info..
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14/11/2019

Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 8 - Flying High with the Butterfly

We have a Blue Water Runner from Elvstrom, designed specifically with Trade Wind sailing in mind.We first saw her at the boat show in Düsseldorf in 2017 and fell instantly in love.The sight of this magnificent sail unfurling like two majestic eagle read more...

14/11/2019

Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries - 9 - When the Ship hits the Can

You may recall I said, ‘now we are sucking diesel’ when I spoke about our adrenaline junky speed trip with the Butterfly our Blue Water Runner?Perhaps on reflection not the best choice of words.As it turns out we were snorting diesel, real diesel read more...

12/11/2019

Layla - A picture is worth a thousand words

Well as the ARC+ fleet sails south we are still stuck in harbour waiting on our forestay cable to find its way from Mallorca to Las Palmas. On Sunday we walked up to the start line and after watching everyone leave :-(..... we took time to walk the read more...

11/11/2019

Saoirse - Saoirse Diaries -7- The Magic of Chicken Soup

There was fierce excitement on the family pontoon and in the air generally on Sunday morning as everyone made their last minute preparations.Excitement, anticipation and a good strong helping of nerves and anxiety.The forecast had been increasing read more...

10/11/2019

Arantelle - AGW for Bibou's team

We are ready and as double-handed couple, we started our 3hrs shaft before leaving Las Palmas...This week has been very busy for us, as Arantelle needed some electrical/mechanical repairs.All set by now and the countdown is going on, we feel read more...


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TESTIMONIALS
I have to admit that I was a little cynical and wary about whether I wanted to be organised into a rally environment before signing up but I am now a convert – and indeed should anyone enquire I will be an advocate for both this event and your organisation

The level of support was just pitched perfectly and the quiet way that the team organised both us and the overall group was superbly efficient but without fuss and over complication. The camaraderie of the participants was fantastic and added a rich element to our first transatlantic experience.


Chris & Kate Russell, Associate3
“The ARC made such a difference to our sailing experience as a family. We met wonderful friends and the staff of yellow shirts went beyond the call of duty time and again.”
Lucy Van Hove, S/Y La Cigale






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Crossing the line – Saint Lucia welcomes Sea Child after a ten year circumnavigation

Almost ten years to the day, since they sailed out of Rodney Bay, Eric and Tamara Barto of Sea Child have crossed their original starting line to become circumnavigators as they sailed back into Rodney Bay at around 8:15am today (Sat 8 December).... more info


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