Atlantic Crossing: Announcing ARC January
Demand from cruisers to sail across the Atlantic this fall under the ARC banner has been so great that World Cruising Club have added a new route – ARC January. The rally will set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in early January 2022, following the classic trade wind route to Saint Lucia. The route, which was announced in early February, is proving popular with one third of the 75 spaces already taken and it is expected to be fully subscribed by April.
Published 2 years ago
Demand from sailors worldwide for spaces in the 2021 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC 2021) has been unprecedented in the 35 year history of the world’s largest offshore cruising rally. All spaces on both existing routes (ARC direct and ARC+ Cape Verde) setting sail in November 2021 were fully subscribed in just 3 months of opening, resulting in World Cruising Club reluctantly closing the entry list in early December 2020.
Having considered many options of how to satisfy the wishes of sailors to take part in this international cruising rally, and listened to feedback from them, World Cruising Club has launched a new, later start date as an alternative to the classic November departure.
Follow the Classic Trade Wind Route:
ARC January will set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands on Sunday 9 January 2022, allowing crews to enjoy Christmas and New Year in Europe before setting off on that Atlantic adventure. Following the classic trade wind route, direct from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia, boats can expect a fast passage in well-established trade winds, with less risk of calms during the crossing.
Cruising sailors joining ARC January will benefit from all the discounts associated with participating in the ARC and World Cruising Club’s extensive experience of delivering transocean rallies. The programme includes a full week of activities, seminars, and social functions before the departure in Las Palmas, weather forecasts and tracking during the crossing and arrival activities providing a warm welcome to the Caribbean in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, all included in the entry fee.
ARC January will be limited to 75 cruising boats, and will be run very much in the spirit of the ARC, maintaining the unique atmosphere that has developed within the rally over the preceding 35 years. On this new route there will be no competitive racing, only fun results calculated for those who’d like to join in.
ARC January 2022 Itinerary:
Date and Details for ARC January
- 30 December 2021 – ARC Office opens in Las Palmas
- 2 January 2022 – Last date for boat arrivals in Las Palmas
- 9 January 2022 – Start day!
- 28-31 January 2022 – Majority of ARC January boats arrive in Rodney Bay
- 4 February 2022 – ARC January finish line closes
- 5 February 2022 – Prize giving ceremony
Find Out More:
Click here to request an information pack with full details of the rally benefits, itinerary, costs and safety equipment requirements.
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