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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 4 to 6 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.

The new landfall marina is Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. This recently refurbished 227 berth marina is situated in the lagoon to the south of St George’s Harbour, and is ideally placed for the Atlantic crossing landfall. Grenada is situated at the southern end of the Windward Island chain, with superb beaches, coves and islands, it is a delightful destination, ideally placed for sailing north through some of best cruising areas in the Caribbean.


RALLY NEWS

Two more finishers in ARC+ and recounting experiences.
06/12/2022

The last two boats that left with the ARC+ fleet from Mindelo have now arrived in Grenada: Griselda, a Hanse 370, skippered by Nicola Stamp with Gerry Baker and Jacob Asquith-Fox, crossed the finish line around 4am local time on Tuesday 6th December, and Disa, Darrol and Kathy Martin’s Amel Mango followed before sunrise. Both teams were welcomed on the dock and happy to receive the traditional... Click here for more info..

Time to lime at the ARC+ welcome party.
05/12/2022

With the majority of the fleet now safely in Grenada, the informal ARC+ welcome party was held yesterday evening at Grenada Yacht Club, overlooking the historic colourful Carenage area of the capital St George’s, just across from Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. With 82 boats now here in Grenada, the welcome party kicked off the ARC+ programme. Watching the sun go down, it was time for... Click here for more info..

Friends Reunited.
03/12/2022

Friends ReunitedSeventy boats have now finished their ARC+ Atlantic crossing from Cape Verde to Grenada, including two more family boats: Anni and Emilie VII; both from Norway. With 36 children under the age of 16 sailing on 18 different boats, the young sailors have made many friends on different boats throughout the fleet. Eight year-old Agnes Rasmussen and sister Klara (10) were delighted to... Click here for more info..
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05/12/2022

Disa - Nothing... Nada... Zero... Zilch

Zero wind - Mother Nature’s sting in the tail at the end of our Atlantic crossing.Having sailed two thousand nautical miles, and with only two hundred to go, the ocean has turned as calm as a mill pond.There is not a breath of wind to fill our read more...

05/12/2022

Lomvi - Day 18 - The end...

Dear floating devices,We have reached our final destination, Grenada. Arrived this morning at 7.30 to a wonderful reception from the other Norwegian boats (benefit of being slow, and nice people).Today, we are trying to comprehend what a crazy read more...

04/12/2022

Lomvi - Day 17 - Slow sprint

Dear celebrators,We are cruising into the last night on the Atlantic. Its 2ms wind, the ocean is glassy. Motoring in 5 kn towards the goal! We expect to be in Grenada tomorrow morning. The most spectacular sunset so far was enjoyed on deck. Big read more...

03/12/2022

Bolero - Land Ahoy

Land Ahoy!We settled into the night watches, Gwyn and Ian had a quiet moonlight 3 hours and handed oveHr to Maz and Nick.Bolero passed the 100 miles to the way point at 22:45 and continued to romp along.At the change of watch at 01:00 hrs the genoa read more...

03/12/2022

Xenial - Day 25 - Grenada!

Sometime in the night between Thursday and Friday, depending on whether we were still on Xenial Standard Time or on local Grenada time, Janne cried “Land!”. Actually, he cried “Lights! And not boat lights!” - he has by far the best eyesight on read more...


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TESTIMONIALS
“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
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






FEATURES
World Cruising Club

Grenada – in a nutshell

With all the ARC+ boats now safely in port (apart from those who departed Midelo late), many of the crews have been taking time out to enjoy exploring the beautiful spice island of Grenada after sailing 3,000 NM to reach it! They will not be disappointed, as there’s so much to love about the tri-island nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique: With less than 110,000 inhabitants and only 133 square miles of land, there are picture postcard beaches, lush green rainforests and sunshine aplenty.... more info


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