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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)

Over 200 yachts from all over the world take part in this annual transatlantic rally, organised by the World Cruising Club, which starts each November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.  Conceived as a friendly race for cruising yachts to make the Atlantic crossing both safer and more fun, the ARC is the now most popular way for cruising yachts to cross the Atlantic.  It takes on average 14 to 21 days to complete the 2700 nautical miles to the destination of Rodney Bay in St Lucia, where most entrants embark on a season or more of Caribbean cruising.

Good preparation is essential for a safe crossing and rally organisers ensure all ARC yachts are equipped with a range of safety and communications equipment as well as provide a full programme of safety seminars and demonstrations prior to the rally start.  There are also minimum skipper and crew training requirements to fulfil and the presence of experienced sailors is helpful to those with little offshore experience.  During the rally, daily radio nets contribute further to the safety of participating yachts and their crews.  The fun and social side of the event is not neglected by rally organisers either, with a wide ranging programme of entertainment taking place both before the start and after the finish.

Entries are now open for the next event which starts every November in Las Palmas and you can register your interest for future years.  For more information and entry forms go to the World Cruising Club Website, where you will also find a wealth of information about other World Cruising Club events.

 

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