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World Cruising Club - E News

By WCC — last modified Dec 19, 2017 03:07 PM
Find out what World Cruising Club - organisers of the ARC and other yachting rallies - are up to at the start of 2018.

Published: 2017-12-20 14:35:00
Topics: Rallies

World Cruising Club
Winter 2017/18

Welcome to the latest news from World Cruising Club! In this edition we have an update from the close of ARC 2017, and an invitation for anyone thinking about ocean cruising to join us at the London or Düsseldorf boat shows in January to find out more and plan your next sailing adventure.
Best wishes for the holiday season and happy sailing in 2018!
World Cruising Club

ARC Forum - meet the skippers
Saturday 13 January
Coffee from 10:00, Forum from 10:30-12:00
Novotel, EXCEL, LONDON E16 1AA

The World Cruising Club team will be hosting our popular forum on the first Saturday of the London Boat Show. This is your chance to meet with the team and learn more about what it is like to sail in the ARC.
The ARC Forum is for anyone interested in setting sail to cross the oceans with the ARC, whether you are planning for the future or almost ready to cast-off. Our panel of experienced cruisers - all of whom have sailed with the ARC - will share their experience on what it is really like to sail the from the UK via Portugal and the Canary Islands to the Caribbean and back. Discussions will include great  boat gear, essential cruising tips and inspirational tales. So whether you are planning a Biscay crossing, an Atlantic passage or a circumnavigation, get some great advice on how to prepare your boat for offshore cruising.
Take the panel's ideas and suggestions with you into the London Boat Show and talk to the specialist bluewater suppliers exhibiting at the Show.
Connect with other future ralliers and meet and mingle with our panel and the team from World Cruising Club over coffee before the session and make the most of your visit.
The session is free to attend with advanced registration. Space is limited so don't delay.

Click here to sign up

London Boat Show Ticket Offer:  Buy a discounted ticket for £12.00 - and get a 2nd ticket FREE

We're pleased to be able to offer you discounted entry to the London Boat Show by purchasing your tickets online through the link below and entering the discount code JG1 at the checkout.

Click here to purchase your boat show tickets online

Buy between 1 and 5 tickets at £12.00 each - and get a FREE ticket with each purchased ticket

* Tickets are valid for ANY one day of the Show including Preview Day on Wednesday 10th January.
* Tickets can be ordered up to MIDNIGHT on Tuesday 9th January.
* Youngsters 15 years or under go free (up to two per accompanying adult) provided tickets for them are requested when ordering adult tickets.
* A single transaction fee of £1.95 applies whether ordering one or more tickets.
* Tickets are only available as 'Print at Home' via the London Boat Show website.

Boot Düsseldorf 2018
Meet the World Cruising Club Team

Come and meet the World Cruising team at Europe's largest Boat Show. Running from 20 -28 January, boot Düsseldorf is the place to see new yachts and equipment with many World premieres taking place.
World Cruising Club's team including German representatives, Wilhelm & Astrid Greiff and Director Jeremy Wyatt will be available on the stand E11 in Hall 11 every day to chat about all areas of ocean sailing and our worldwide events.

Join us for a glass of wine
Saturday 20 January, 5-6pm at World Cruising 11E11 The team invite you to join us for a glass of wine and some wild boar sausage. Please let us know if you like to join us.

Click here for free registration

ARC and World ARC Presentation
Saturday 20 January, 2018, 10am-1pm, Hall 10 (room 10.1A/B)

World Cruising Club is hosting a presentation over coffee at boot Düsseldorf 2018, in Hall 10 (room 10.1A/B) inside the show. The session will be an opportunity to  discuss any aspects of the ARC and World ARC rallies face to face, plus meet with previous ARC rally skippers and other likeminded cruising sailors in a relaxed environment.
The rally briefing in part 1 is in English, and the ARC Skipper Panel Q&A will be in German.
The session is free to attend.
Pre-registration required.
Includes coffee

Click here to register your attendance

Information on the show, hotels and travel connections at

Welcome Andy Bristow
A new hand at the helm of World Cruising Club's events team

World Cruising Club is delighted to welcome aboard Andy Bristow as our new Operations Director. Andy has sailed for as long as he can remember and joined the WCC team  in September following a full military career specialising in communications which saw him promoted to become the British Army's Signals Officer in Chief.  He also  found time to complete the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race, manage and skipper the Army's Offshore Racing programme and skipper the British Army Antarctic Expedition which sailed from UK to Antarctica and back.

On board his own classic sloop he has enjoyed many single-handed, double-handed and fully crewed voyages including  an expedition to Arctic Svalbard and other adventures.  His logbook records over 250,000 miles and 15 transatlantic crossings so he is well placed to join WCC's team of experienced ocean sailing enthusiasts!

Learn what it takes to be a bluewater cruiser Ocean Cruising Seminar
Guildford, UK, 16/18 March 2018

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  16 - 18 March.
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.
A similar seminar also takes place in Annapolis MD, USA - 24/25 March.

Click here for more information and to sign up

Sail to the Sun and Across the Atlantic
Discounts for double ralliers in 2018

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.
In 2018, confirmed ARC and ARC+ participants benefit from one free crew space on  ARC Portugal 2017 (worth £375). The rally departs from Plymouth, UK in June and  crosses the Bay of Biscay to Bayona, then cruises south in a series of day sails with stopovers in welcoming marinas along the way to finish in Marina de Lagos on the Algarve a little over three weeks later.

Click here to read more about the route
or request an information pack

Team SSB
Get your radio Ocean Ready

Last month 'Team SSB' were on site in Las Palmas to provide HF SSB communications support for numerous boats before the start of the ARC. Joerg Drexhagen, together with Bob and Claire Smith, were particularly busy supporting participants to get  the best out of their marine communications equipment and ensure each was ready  to set off with correctly functioning equipment and the know-how to use it.
This year, Team SSB's morning SSB radio net proved to be very popular, with many  yachts calling in to check their SSB radios worked. The net could be heard all around the marina and beyond. Reports of the net being heard as far as the UK were made, that is the power of HF SSB radio.
"Although we came across some good HF installations, we still found a number of installation issues with poor antenna connections to the back-stay antenna." Explained Bob, "In most cases the problem was the wiring and rusty jubilee clip connection, which makes for a poor antenna. In addition, there were 3 yachts that had sailed  down from Europe and decided to have ICOM M802 HF SSB transceiver fitted in Las  Palmas, which we were able to do onsite." Supplying and installing HF SSB equipment on any yacht, anywhere, is Team SSB's business and many ARC participants were extremely thankful to have the Team SSB on hand to assist with equipment, installation and  training in the lead up to their ocean crossing.
To find out more about Team SSB please join their Facebook group or web page -


Platinum Sponsors

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