World ARC is a round-the-world adventure taking place over 15 months and covering 26,000 nautical miles. Following the classic tradewinds route, the rally avoids regions of political instability, piracy and the storm seasons in both hemispheres.
You can join in Saint Lucia or in Australia, and sail a half rally or make the whole circumnavigation. Boats leaving after a half rally can join the next edition to complete their circumnavigation.
World ARC is a mix of cruising in company and free time to explore. The pace of the rally allows the fleet to stay together, and to enjoy shore-side activities as a group. There are longer free cruising periods that allow participants to fly home for work or family, or to travel further by air; for example to Easter Island, New Zealand or Madagascar.
Route: First Half from Saint Lucia
|January||Saint Lucia to San Blas, Panama||1100NM|
|Cruise San Blas Islands|
| ||Transit Panama Canal|| |
|February || Las Perlas to Galapagos|| 850 NM|
| Cruise Galapagos|| |
| March || Galapagos to Hiva Oa, Marquesas|| 2980 NM|
| Cruise French Polynesia|| |
| April|| Tahiti rendezvous|| |
| Cruise Society Islands|| |
| May|| Bora Bora to Niue|| 1155NM|
| Niue to Vava'u, Tonga||230 NM |
| June || Cruise Tonga and Fiji|| |
| July|| Fiji to Tanna, Vanuatu||450 NM |
| Cruise Vanuatu|| |
| Port Vila, Vanuatu to Mackay, Australia||1150 NM |
| August|| Cruise the Great Barrier Reef|| |
Route: Second Half from Australia
|September ||Darwin to Lombok||945 NM|
|Lombok to Cocos (Keeling)||1150 NM|
|October||Cocos to Mauritius||2350 NM|
|Mauritius to Reunion||130 NM|
|November||Reunion to Richards Bay, South Africa||1370 NM|
|Cruise South Africa|| |
|January||Cape Town - Namibia - St Helena - Salvador, Brazil|| 785+1215+1900 NM|
|February||Cruise Brazil || |
|March||(TBC) Brazil to St George's, Grenada || 1700 NM|
| ||Cruise Windward Islands|| |
|April ||Final prize giving in Saint Lucia || |
World ARC Detailed Routes
These include departure dates, expected arrival dates and expected time at sea and can be used for flight planning. Please note that the World ARC schedule is subject to change. Updates will be posted on the website and participants will be notified in rally newsletters and by email.
For 2023 there will be two starts with the World ARC Circumnavigators departing on 07 January 2023, and the World ARC Pacific group departing on 18 February 2023.
World ARC 2023-24 (Circumnavigators) Saint Lucia to Saint Lucia via Panama, Australia, South Africa and Brazil. (September 2022)
World ARC 2023 (Pacific) Saint Lucia via Panama to Australia. (June 2023)
World ARC 2024 Saint Lucia via Panama around the world. (June 2023)
World ARC 2025 Saint Lucia via Panama around the world. (June 2023)
In each scheduled rally destination (the start and finish of organised stages) there will be a programme of social activities and tours. Some are included in the rally entry fees, while others are optional. There will be a prize giving ceremony for each competitive stage.
"Without doubt the volcano visit on Tanna was the most memorable visit - sitting on the side of an active volcano was tremendous!" Rui Soares, yacht Thor VI (POR) World ARC