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World ARC Itinerary

World ARC route

World ARC is a round-the-world adventure taking place over 14 months and covering 26,000 nautical miles. Following the classic trade winds 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


Saint Lucia to Panama1100 NM
Sail independently to Colon, Panama
 Transit Panama Canal 
February  Las Perlas to Galapagos 850 NM
 Cruise Galapagos 
 March  Galapagos to Hiva Oa, Marquesas 2980 NM
 Cruise French Polynesia 
 April Cruise Society Islands 
 May Bora Bora to Niue 1155 NM
 Niue to Vava'u, Tonga230 NM 
 June  Tonga to Fiji290 NM 
 Cruise Fiji 
 July Fiji to Tanna, Vanuatu450 NM 
 Cruise Vanuatu 
 Port Vila, Vanuatu to Mackay, Australia1150 NM 
 August Cruise the Great Barrier Reef 

Route: Second Half from Australia

September Darwin to Lombok920 NM

Lombok to Christmas Island and Cocos625 + 525 NM

Cocos to Mauritius2350 NM
Mauritius to Reunion130 NM

Reunion to Richards Bay, South Africa1370 NM
Cruise South Africa 
JanuaryCape Town - Namibia  785 NM
 Namibia - St Helena - Brazil1215 + 1900 NM 
FebruaryCruise Brazil  
MarchBrazil to St George's, Grenada  2020 NM
Cruise Caribbean 
 April Saint Lucia parade of sail 
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.

World ARC 2024 Saint Lucia via Panama around the world. (May 2024)

World ARC 2025 Saint Lucia via Panama around the world. (June 2023)

World ARC 2026 Saint Lucia via Panama around the world (June 2024)

Rally Activities

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 

Saint Lucia

  • Major tourist destination
  • Excellent flight connections
  • Beautiful and diverse scenery


IGY Rodney Bay Marina

  • Start and finish port
  • Full service marina
  • Close to beaches and hotels