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The ARC is a ‘must do’ for many sailors, and attracts over 200 boats and 1200 people every year to sail 2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia.

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.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and your team for a great event, and most probably one of the best experiences of my life” Max Klink, yacht Caro (GER)


Saint Lucia beckons.

With one day to go, it’s countdown to the start and last night crews let their hair down at the ARC farewell party held at the Real Club Nautico. Managing Director of World Cruising Club, Andrew Bishop gave a moving speech, thanking all the supporters here in Las Palmas including: Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Patronato de Turismo de Gran Canaria, Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Port... Click here for more info..

Safety First.

Part of the invaluable support available for participants in the ARC is access to expert advice from the World Cruising Club team with many years of experience between them. All are on hand in Las Palmas and have been imparting their knowledge through a series of comprehensive seminars, workshops, discussions and hands-on sessions. They are all designed to offer practical and informative advice... Click here for more info..

ARC+ 2017 Farewell to Mindelo.

   The ARC+ fleet got underway in good conditions earlier today as they set out on Leg 2 of ARC+ from São Vicente in the Cape Verde Islands to Saint Lucia. Conditions at the start were good with a NE wind of around 15 knots blowing across the start line. The port of Mindelo is in a basin however, and frequent gusts from the mountain made for a lively start as the multihulls cross the... Click here for more info..
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Charm - Day 4 - nothing broke

The blurring has begun to set in.That feeling, whenever you do the same thing for a while, when you start to lose track of days and time and feel like what you're doing is what you've always been doing and will always do.Our days have variety but, read more...


La Pecadora - Log 004 - Gran Canaria

After several days of work, preparations and sea trials we are now ready for the start of the Regatta.G0010405-1 IMG_4969-1. read more...


La Pecadora - Log 005 - Ready to Sail

Last day and last night in Gran Canaria, and we are ready to set sail for the Regatta.DJI_0886-1. Screen Shot 2017-11-19 at 01.39.09-1. read more...


Gust of Wind - Race Day

Every one up Last minute preps : Fulling up with water and then we off.Expecting good wind for the start and first 24 hours. Down wind through the acceleration zone, hopefully push through the wind window, and off West. Should be broad reach.  read more...


Lily - Leg 2 - Day 4

After heading a bit north for some wind we turned south again. Another day without the most exciting winds...But then we had some action. During a sail change (back to spreading the two fore sails), it was like the autopilot didn't work properly - read more...

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On behalf of myself and my four crew I would like to thank you and all your team for making our time with ARC 2016 a mighty and most enjoyable experience. From the moment we arrived in Las Palmas till departure from Rodney Bay we were looked after so well by your team. All our problems/queries were dealt with in a most competent and satisfactory manner. It was a first class experience for all of us. I had always said that I would only do a trans Atlantic once however this has changed and I will hopefully do it again with ARC!

Nick Musgrave - SY Jasmine (IRL)

Thank you all for your fantastic and enthusiastic support and work to make this a wonderful ARC for us and all participating yachts. Once again we thank you all, we had a wonderful time.

Gijs & Femke, King's Legend ARC 2014

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Ed the Fundraising Iguana!

Whilst the ARC+ fleet were in the Cape Verdes, the crews of three of the boats went to visit the SOS Children's Villages charity in Mindelo. The charity does fantastic work helping children off and on the streets and supporting challenged families. The captain of yacht Helen, Philip Scott took along ARC Mascot Ed the Iguana to the centre. Having taken part in the ARC+ for the last few years, Ed has become very fond of the children in the Cape Verde Islands and a firm supporter of the work done by SOS Children's Village Mindelo. They met two boys who were orphaned and were living at the center and asked why they had volunteered to stay: " Bad things happen on the street" and "I get education, food and a bed"... more info

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