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Gran Canaria to St Lucia: Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2018

by Karen Rollins Nov 26, 2018

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The 33rd edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set off from Spain on Sunday 25th November and the first boats are expected to arrive in St Lucia from Monday 3rd December.

The ARC is described as “the world’s largest and most successful trans-ocean sailing event,” and has been running since 1986. The competition was founded by Jimmy Cornell and is now organised by World Cruising Club.

Cruisers depart from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and cross 2,700 nautical miles of Atlantic Ocean before finishing in Rodney Bay just before Christmas. The route takes between eight and 31 days depending on the vessel and trade winds.

Photo credit: Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

The rally attracts over 200 yachts and 1,500 amateur sailors from more than 20 countries. Participating boats come in many different shapes and sizes along with the competing crews. The rally is so popular because it is for everyone.

The World Cruising Club website adds: “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.”

Yello wishes all the participants the best of luck and a safe crossing.

Sources: World Cruising Club / WikiPedia