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Antigua: A New Sailing Rally between The Canary Islands and Antigua

By Val Ellis last modified Dec 07, 2018 12:19 PM
The all new 'Christmas Caribbean Rally' due to arrive in Jolly Harbour, Antigua over Christmas and New Year 2013/14.

Published: 2012-11-28 00:00:00
Countries: Canary Islands , Antigua & Barbuda

A new Transatlantic rally between the Canaries and the Caribbean has been launched by Sailing Rallies Ltd. The Christmas Caribbean Rally is a well organised rally which leaves Marina Rubicón, Lanzarote on the 16th December 2013. Participants will sail 2850 miles to the popular Jolly Harbour marina, Antigua, spending Christmas and New Year at sea. Open to boats between 6.4m and 23m.

This annual rally has been designed to accommodate some of the overflow from the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) and to provide an alternative date for crossing the Atlantic in company.

Wisely, the rally leaves the Canaries in mid-December when the trade winds are likely to have become well established and the risk of hurricanes and tropical storms is very low. The timing also allows participants to complete the crossing over the Christmas holiday period allowing children or working friends and family to join in. During the crossing boats will be in contact with each other via HF radio/sat phone nets and spectators will be able to follow the boats using GPS trackers linked to the new, integrated website.

For more information visit or speak to John Simpson at

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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
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