Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum size of boat and crew?
ARC - ARC Europe - Rally Portugal : Minimum boat LOA is 27ft (8.23m)
Caribbean 1500 : Minimum boat LOA is 35ft, but smaller boats will be considered.
World ARC : Minimum boat LOA is 40ft (12.19m) but smalle boats will be considered.
All rallies: Minimum crew of two, including the skipper. We don't have any restrictions on age of crew.
How long does the rally take?
A typical passage time* for a 40ft (12m) boat is between:
ARC: 16 to 21 days
Rally Portugal: 4 to 5 days (across Biscay)
ARC Europe: 14 to 16 days (Bermuda to Azores)
Caribbean 1500: 6 to 10 days (Portsmouth to Tortola)
World ARC: the circumnavigation from St.Lucia back to St.Lucia takes 15 months. If starting and finishing in Europe then allow 24 months.
*All crossing times are dependant on the type of boat and the weather conditions experienced.
How much does it cost to enter?
Full details are in the event information packs. Visit the event pages or contact World Cruising Club to receive the pack.
What does the entry fee include?
• a skipper's handbook and regular newsletters
• discounted docking before the start and after the finish - varies between rallies
• seminars and safety demonstrations for ARC, Caribbean 1500, ARC Europe and Atlantic Cup
• social activities in the start and finish ports
• rally flag
• intra-yacht SSB radio net during the rally
• automatic satellite tracking of yachts
• daily email weather forecast
• Online posting of yacht blogs and photographs
Can I use my engine?
World Cruising Club events are primarily cruising rallies, not races, so engines may be used. A time penalty is then added to calculate the fun cruising results. In the Caribbean 1500 Open Division, no times are taken or results calculated.
For those who want to race competitively there is a racing division within the ARC, run using IRC handicaps, under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
What safety equipment will I need?
The main requirements include, but are not limited to, an appoved liferaft; EPIRB; offshore flare pack; two lifebuoys; two manual bilge pumps; emergency steering; inflatable lifejackets (PFDs) for all on board; and emergency grab bag. A full list of safety equipment requirements is included in the rally enquiry pack.
Do I need an SSB radio?
A marine HF (SSB) radio transceiver is only a compulsory requirement for World ARC.
All boats in all rallies (except Rally Portugal and Malts Cruise) must be able to recieve email at sea for rally weather forecasts and fleet notices. Boat owners can choose whether to use SSB with a pactor modem, or sat phone to receive emails. All boats need to be fitted with a VHF transceiver.
How does World Cruising Club keep track of boat’s positions?
World Cruising Club fits all boats with a satellite tracking device prior to the start, which automatically updates the yacht’s position on the rally website. Family and friends at home can follow the boat's progress on the Fleet Viewer on every event website. Crews can also submit daily blogs and photographs directly to the website via e-mail.
How do I enter?
You can enter all World Cruising Club rallies online, paying securely by credit or debit card, or making a bank transfer. Click on the 'How to Enter' page of each rally website to get the link, or go to the Members Area. Customers in the US can pay by check. You can also enter by contacting us by phone in the UK +44 (0)1983 296060 or USA +1 757 788-8872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if the entry list is full?
The number of boats that can enter each rally is limited to cope with docking in rally ports. If this number is exceeded, then we start a wait list and boats are moved from the wait list onto the rally as spaces become available. This is usually only a problem for the ARC, World ARC and Caribbean 1500. If in doubt, make entry as soon as possible! Entry lists open in September/October each year.
How do I get crew?
If you want to recruit crew, visit OceanCrewLink. This is free service connecting boat owners with offshore sailing crew developed by World Cruising Club.
Can I take my pets (cats/dogs etc)?
We have no restrictions on what animals you carry on your boat, but you must comply with laws and regulations for your home country and any countries visited by the rally. Full information is included in the Rally Handbooks, or contact us for more details. It is worth thinking about whether your pet will be happy onboard for an extended cruise, especially for long offshore passages.