Sailors in Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2023 Set Off Across the Ocean for St Lucia
by Karen Rollins Nov 27, 2023
The 2023 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) event will culminate in St Lucia in December after departing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 19 November.
According to the World Cruising Club (WCC) website, the 38th edition of the rally has 156 boats taking part from over 34 countries. Eighteen of the sailors competing in the race are children.
There are four racing divisions with 91 boats competing in the cruising division.
The vessels will travel 2,700 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean on a direct route to Rodney Bay Marina. The journey usually takes between eight and 21 days to complete depending on the boat and weather conditions. The long-range forecast is promising good trade winds for the duration of the rally.
Speaking after the race got under way, World Cruising Club’s managing director, Paul Tetlow, said: With the departure of the second wave of boats, the ARC Atlantic sailing season is truly underway, and everyone at World Cruising Club is so proud to play a small part in helping to realise the dreams of so many sailors. Fair winds and see you all in the Caribbean for the next chapter of your ARC adventure.”
Described as “the world’s largest and most successful trans-ocean sailing event,” the ARC has been running since 1986. It was originally founded by Jimmy Cornell and is now organised by the WCC.
St Lucia has been the rally’s home base for over 30 years.