Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ARC

ARC Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

Famoso rally transatlantico annuale con partenza da Las Palmas di Gran Canaria ed arrivo dopo 2.700 miglia nell’isola caraibica di Santa Lucia. Giunto alla 24°edizione (partenza il 22 novembre 2009), vede partecipare oltre 200 imbarcazioni ( da 8,23 mt). Il clima e’ quello di un rally non competitivo, anche se esiste un gruppo con finalita’ agonistiche ( e per tali regolamentato).

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Full Entry List for ARC 2009
30 June 2009

Entries have now closed for this year’s Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), the 24th edition of this world-famous annual transatlantic rally that has defied the economic doom and gloom yet again. The Rally organisers, World Cruising Club, have now opened a waiting list after accepting 225 entries for the 2009 rally.

Caimen and Mollyhawks' Shadow - ARC08There are 28 countries represented in this year’s event that starts on 22nd November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. As befits the largest transocean sailing event, every year the ARC brings together over 200 yachts from all over the world, and is without doubt the most popular way to cross the Atlantic. The destination is the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, one of the most beautiful in the Lesser Antilles. The 2700 nautical mile passage on the NE tradewind route takes typically takes between 14 and 21 days and the fleet reaches its destination and the finish line in Rodney Bay.

Whilst fundamentally a fun rally for cruising yachts, the ARC does have a more serious Racing Division, run under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). Yachts in the Racing Divisions are not permitted to use their engines for propulsion (unlike the cruisers), although use of autopilots is allowed.

The ARC distinguishes itself by successfully combining racing and cruising yachts with a mix of older and younger participants, all of whom thoroughly enjoy the varied entertainment that is on offer for all ages at both the start and finish ports