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By WCC — last modified Mar 16, 2017 07:47 PM
Spring Seminars on both the USA East and West coasts and in Northern Europe; Exciting new ARC Pacific rally for March 2018; Registration open for the 2019 edition of World ARC; Preparations for ARC USA and ARC Europe in May and much more . . .

Published: 2017-03-16 00:00:00
Topics: Rallies

Countdown to May start for ARC USA!

For those cruisers lucky enough to be enjoying the warm breezes, quiet beaches and great sailing on offer in the Caribbean, the end of the sailing season there is fast approaching. Traditionally, early May marks the month for heading home, north towards ports along the US eastern seaboard.

Our annual ARC USA rally is timed to fit in with your homeward cruise, setting out from Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The two route options both offer our trademark cruising in company, combined with weather briefings, satellite tracking and safety radio nets at sea.

Along the way you'll have the chance to meet up with old friends from previous rallies, and meet new sailing buddies, as the rally now attracts European sailors wanting to enjoy a US summer cruise.

As usual, the Old Bahamas Channel route will be led by Miles Poor on board s/y Katrina, heading along the channel between Haiti and the Bahamas to make landfall in Ft. Lauderdale Florida.

On the ocean-going route, ralliers will hook-up with the ARC Europe fleet, sailing together from the BVI's to Bermuda. A chance to soak up the British colonial atmosphere of this unique Island and take in some of the preparations for this summer's America's Cup, before heading onto ports along the US coast.

There is still time to join us for ARC USA, or the companion rally, ARC Europe which heads east from Bermuda to the Azores and then continental Europe.

Click here to request an information pack with further details.


Spring Seminars offer something for everyone

Ocean Sailors - Annapolis

Aspiring ocean cruisers with gather for a weekend of socialising and learning, at our annual Ocean Sailing Seminar - March 25 and 26 in Annapolis MD. With around 70 cruisers attending, it is an enjoyable as well as an informative two days, with our guest lecturers, all experienced ocean sailors and industry experts, passing on their knowledge and tips for preparing boat and crew for offshore.

Topics include sail choice, refit priorities, planning water and fuel, watch-keeping and coping with common problems. Our weather experts will discuss ocean weather patterns and how to cross the Gulf Stream safety.  The package includes hotel accommodation and meals.

Full details and sign-up form here.

Bay Sailors - ARC DelMarVa - Annapolis

Aimed at boaters wanting to experience offshore sailing outside of the Chesapeake Bay, our ARC DelMarVa seminar in April will help you to expand your cruising horizons. We will look at night navigation on the Bay and along the coast; watch-keeping; Weather and routing; double-handed sailing tips and much more.

This full-day event in Annapolis, MD, is included in the entry fee for all ARC DelMarVa participants, but it's also a great way for folks thinking of sailing the route in the future to gain some valuable knowledge. And if you join the seminar and subsequently register for the 2017 DelMarVA Rally, you'll have your seminar fee applied to your entry fee!

Pacific Sailors - Richmond, CA

World Cruising Club is excited to be on the West Coast attending the newly named Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show, in Richmond, CA from April 6th - 9th 2017.  It's one of the larger shows on the West Coast and has plenty of in-water boats and exhibitors in the large Craneway Pavilion, originally a Ford assembly plant from 1931!

It is a great opportunity to chat to some of our Event Team who are experienced sailors and have sailed in many of the ARC rallies around the world.  We can give you some insight into the different rallies, the routes they take and share the important aspects of safe and social cruising that make them so popular.  We can be found at booth B9 inside the main pavilion.

There is also a free seminar program each day with plenty of speakers from the marine industry.  Event Manager, Lyall Burgess, will be speaking about World Cruising Club, their 31 years of experience rally organising and introducing ARC Pacific, a new rally launching in March 2018.  Come along and be inspired and informed to take the next step on your own sailing adventure and cruise with us from LA to Mexico and on to the paradise islands of the Pacific.

Visit for more info and use the code WORLDCPBS17 when buying your tickets online to save an extra $2 off the entry price. (Early bird prices finish after March 31st)

Seminar schedule:

Thu April 6th: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Fri April 7th: 11.45am - 12.45pm

Sun April 9th: 2.15pm - 3.15pm

Full details and sign-up form here.

Ocean Sailing Seminar - West Coast USA

If you can't make it to our Annapolis Seminar, then check out the excellent seminar program run by ocean sailing tutors John and Amanda Neal based around their 600,000nm+ experience worldwide on their HR46 Mahina.

Richmond CA, April 8, 2017

Full details and sign-up here


Ocean Cruising Seminar - Guildford, UK, 31 March - 2 April 2017

If you're considering making the transition from coastal cruising to blue water passage making, why not join our annual Ocean Cruising Seminar in Guildford, UK from 31 March - 2 April.

Providing in depth advice for planning and preparing to go ocean sailing, lecturers will share their wealth of knowledge in their specialist fields including refitting a yacht for offshore cruising, communications equipment choices, sourcing and interpreting weather forecasts and heavy weather sailing techniques.

An all-inclusive programme of seminar presentations, speaker materials, hotel accommodation, meals, and social time together combine to provide a cost-effective, enjoyable in-depth learning experience.

Click here for more information and to sign up


Get Together with ARC Sailors in Oslo
ARC Lantur Camp, Dronningen, Norway, 22-23 April

The ARC is always well supported by cruisers in Norway and Sweden, so we've been working with the Kongelig Norsk Seilforening to offer a weekend of cruising knowledge and social connection for sailors from the region. The event is free to attend and cruisers are welcome to bring their boats to the KNS marina at Dronningen, Oslo to meet other ARC sailors, pick-up some helpful advice and learn how to prepare for the ARC. Join us for the weekend on 22/23 April 2017.

Click here to register


Find your Ideal Cruising Boat
Bluewater Weekend - Lymington, UK, 20-21 May 2017

Join us and our hosts at Berthon for the annual Bluewater Weekend taking place on 20-21 May in Lymington, UK. As well as lectures and discussions, there will be the chance to chat to experienced cruising skippers, view a wide range of different styles of cruising boats, and join other prospective and current ARC and bluewater sailors for a relaxed and social weekend.

Previous World Cruising Club rally participants are invited to bring their own boats to the weekend, and share their personal experiences offering "open boat" viewing to other cruisers.

Get the Conversation Going - stay for dinner! To keep the conversation flowing, there will be a sailing-supper held on the Saturday evening as an option for those staying for the whole weekend. Two courses, wine not included. £20 per person.

Free to attend. More information and sign up: Click here



Compare Catamarans at the Portsmouth, UK, Multihull Show
Haslar Marina, Gosport, UK, 9-11 June 2017

If you are thinking about sailing on two or more hulls, then a visit to the UK's only speciality show for cruising and performance catamarans & trimarans should be in your diary. The free event takes place at Haslar Marina in Gosport in June. World Cruising Club will be hosting a free Catamaran Cruiser's forum on Saturday 10 June.

More info:

Around the world in 2019 - your adventure starts here!

Visiting 18 countries, sailing over 26,000 nm and spending more than 450 days cruising and exploring the waters of the world, the World ARC 2019-20 is a circumnavigation rally from Saint Lucia to Saint Lucia via the Panama Canal, Australia and South Africa.

With a flexible route allowing you take an extra year or more exploring the Pacific, or circumnavigate with one rally, the World ARC is designed to fit your cruising plans. At sea our trademark service of satellite tracking, weather forecasts and safety radio nets helps keep you secure, whilst our team ashore will organize the clearances and deal with officials, leaving you more time to enjoy paradise.

World ARC starts each year from Saint Lucia. Boats can also join in Panama, Los Angeles or Australia. Click here to request an information pack.


Discover cruising in paradise on your own boat with ARC Pacific

Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Bora Bora, to name just a few of the thousands of amazing islands and coral atolls that form one of the world's greatest sailing areas. Discover the delights of cruising in paradise on your own boat with ARC Pacific.

ARC Pacific is your gateway to the Pacific, heading out from Los Angeles, CA in Spring 2018, on a two-stage route to French Polynesia, via Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Heading to Mexico offers an ideal shake-down passage and a chance to prepare for the "big-hop", the 2,900 nautical mile passage to Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia. Your reward will be the chance to explore the world's most extensive cruising area of tropical islands, a true sailor's paradise.

Click here to request an information pack.


ARC DelMarVa - Sail the Loop this Summer!

Join us 'sailing the loop' this summer with ARC DelMarVa. The week-long rally is the perfect opportunity to expand your horizons and gain experience sailing overnight and in the ocean, in the company of friends and with an experienced support staff not far away. We are holding a preparation seminar on April 29, which will include presentations by experts from around the Annapolis sailing community speaking on all aspects of completing a round DelMarVa cruise.

This year's rally begins in Annapolis on June 23 with Skipper's Briefing & Farewell Party, followed by the start on June 24. Leg 1 sails down the bay to Ocean Marine Yacht Center, Portsmouth, VA before Leg 2 heads offshore, for the 150-mile jaunt into the Atlantic. After another stop at Cape May along the Delaware Bay, Leg 3 sees yachts home again via the C&D Canal to Annapolis to complete the circle. Completing a DelMarVa loop is a great, fun challenge, even for experienced Bay sailors. It's the perfect way to whet your appetite for ocean sailing.

Click here to request an information pack to join us in 2017


ARC Channel Islands (Northern Europe): 10-20 August, 2017

Following the successful first edition ARC Channel Islands last summer, entries are now open for ARC Channel Islands 2017. Run in association with RYA Active Marina and Practical Boat Owner magazine, the rally promises to be a unique mix of preparation advice and support from a lead boat, combined with a cruise-in-company and social activities ashore, visiting Cherbourg, Guernsey and Alderney.

Click here to request an information pack with full details.

ARC Channel Islands Seminar - Open to all
Saturday 6th May, 10:00 to 16:30
Chichester Yacht Club, Chichester Marina, Birdham PO20 7EJ
Cost: £45 per person

Topics will cover areas important for completing a channel crossing as well as information for cruising around the Channel Islands and guidance on how to prepare your boat and crew for the rally and some reminders of best practice for safe sailing. As well as the team from World Cruising Club, Roger Seymour, senior instructor from Hamble School of Yachting, will be presenting at the seminar.  With breaks for tea/coffee and lunch spread throughout the day.

The day is open to all - visit


ARC Portugal: Final places to sail south this summer
1-28 June 2017

For over two decades, ARC Portugal has been bringing together yachts of all shapes and sizes to sail south to Marina de Lagos. Offering wonderful sailing, superb seafood, and friendly beachfront ports, exploring the Portuguese coastline with the rally provides support for those getting their first taste of the live-aboard lifestyle.

We are down to the final few places on this year's rally leaving Mayflower Marina, Plymouth on 4 June (weather permitting) across the Bay of Biscay to Bayona, then cruises south in a series of day sails with stopovers along the way to finish in Marina de Lagos on the Algarve a little over three weeks later.

If you would like to join us submit your entry online or read more about basing your boat on the Algarve

Platinum Sponsors
Home Port for the Ocean Cruising Community
Bi-annual OCC Flying Fish Journal
Worldwide Port Officers

Over 200 boats and 1200 people take part in the ARC every year
2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia
A rally for everyone; families, racers, couples, big boats and modest boats
Two weeks of pre-departure activities in Las Palmas
Welcomed in Saint Lucia with a rum punch and a chilled beer
Fantastic achievement - crossing an ocean on a small sailboat