“The ARC is for everyone; families with children, tough racers, cruising couples, big boats and modest boats. Crossing the Atlantic together, but having their own adventures. More than just a boat race, the ARC is about friendships made ashore in the two weeks of pre-departure activities continued over the radio net at sea. It’s about arriving in Saint Lucia to be met on the dock with a rum punch and a chilled beer, knowing you have achieved something fantastic – crossing an ocean on a small sailboat.” (www.worldcruising.com)
Sunday 19th November saw the departure from Las Palmas Gran Canaria of the 32nd Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). The event organised by the World Cruising Club is arguably one of the most diverse sailing events on the planet with over 200 yachts and 1,200 sailors from 31 countries taking part in cruising and racing divisions in everything from stripped-out Maxi racers to wooden classics. With the finish line some 2,700 miles away in St.Lucia, the average crossing time is 18-21 days although the fastest may pass by St.Lucia’s famous Pitons within just 8-10 days.
Taking part in the ARC this year are a number of yachts and owners well known to us here at Grabau International, including the Perry 60 ‘MARLIN’. Interestingly, one of the most popular single models in the 2017 ARC is the More 55 with an entire fleet taking part this year. The full entry list can be found here.
We look forward to monitoring the fleet as they make their way across the Atlantic, choosing a variety of routes both north and south of the rhum line. The World Cruising Club offer a fantastic fleet viewing application which can be found here.
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