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ARC Plus

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.


ARC+ Farewell and Prizegiving in the Cape Verde.

The ARC+ Leg 1 Prize Giving was held yesterday evening at the old fish market in Mindelo which now serves as a Museu do Mar sharing the maritime history of  São Vicente. The crews where led by local dancers and drummers along the street from the marina creating quite a spectacle as they travelled through the town.   The SOS Aldeias Charity prepared the venue and provided... Click here for more info..

The first ARC+ St. Vincent sets sail.

The inaugural edition of ARC+ St. Vincent set sail today from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria marking the second wave of boats in the 2018 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers to begin their Atlantic adventure. They now are on their way to Mindelo Marina, Cape Verde, approximately 850nm south of Gran Canaria. Whilst the number of boats in the ARC+ St. Vincent fleet is the smallest of the three routes, the... Click here for more info..

Final preparations for the ARC+ St. Vincent Fleet.

There’s less than 24 hours to go until the start of ARC+ St. Vincent; a new route enabling even more sailors to cross the Atlantic under the ARC banner this year. Having waved off their friends on the ARC+ route last Sunday, the past few days have given them time to focus on their own preparations and enjoy the intimacy of their group. Last night, a special Farewell Dinner was held for the fleet... Click here for more info..
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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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School for thought – ARC children (and their parents) have their say

When walking around the docks in Las Palmas it’s great to see children of all ages and nationalities (16 this year) playing together and making friends. There are over 50 children sailing with their parents across the Atlantic on the various ARC routes this year, with the youngest crew member being 18 month old Kimberley van Soest on the Dutch Lagoon 450S Chubby Bunny.... more info

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