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Find out what’s happening with the World Cruising Club in 2019. Rallies underway in the Northern Hemisphere and the new ARC book now in print!

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The annual migration to the sun is well underway in the northern hemisphere as yachts head towards the Caribbean with World Cruising Club’s Atlantic rallies- the ARC and ARC+ to Saint Lucia, and new for this year ARC+ to St Vincent and the Grenadines. From the US east coast, ARC Caribbean 1500 sailed south during the early part of November making landfall in good time ahead of Thanksgiving. Those setting off on their round-the-world adventure with World ARC 2019-20 are also making their way to January’s rendezvous point of Saint Lucia for the start of their exciting circumnavigation.

For those not sailing to the sun just yet, the winter lay-up is a great time to plan refits and cruising for next season. Our summer 2019 programme is open, and dates have been announced for the next ARC Baltic rally in July/August. This is likely to fill-up fast as places are limited so register your interest right away.

The new ARC book – Wave Upon Wave – produced to mark over 30 years of ARC rallies is now in print and will make a great seasonal present, so order your copy now in time for Christmas.

Happy Sailing!



If you’re planning your next sailing adventure, we’re pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2019 editions of ARC Europe, ARC USA, ARC Portugal, as well as ARC and ARC+. If you are ready for the cruising adventure of a lifetime, now is the perfect time to register for World ARC 2020 – circumnavigate the globe in sixteen months, or take extra time out in the Pacific and join the next edition.

Read on for details of ARC Baltic to spend an exciting summer cruise visiting historical cities and breath-taking archipelagos.

Entry lists are filling up already, so do not delay if you are yet to request an information pack, which explains about the route, benefits, pricing and safety equipment requirements for each rally. Early sign-ups also benefit from discounts on the entry fees, and the WCC team will be happy to advise on preparing your boat and crew in good time for the rally.

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WAVE UPON WAVE: Published to celebrate 30 years of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

The ideal Christmas present for an ARC sailor.

Wave Upon Wave – the new book covering the fascinating history of the ARC, produced to mark over 30 years of ARC rallies, is now in print. Included as an appendix is a glossary of all the yachts that took part in the first thirty events, plus a summary of facts and figures for each year.

Within 264 pages of the book, read of challenge and achievements, joy and despair, triumph and tragedy, over thirty years of Atlantic sailing. How did it all start? Why Las Palmas? Why November? Which boats take part? These are just some of the essential elements of the ARC described in detail.

Wave upon Wave will make a great seasonal present for those who have taken part, or those contemplating participating in the future. To ensure delivery before Christmas do order your copy now and make the most of the launch offer price of just £20, including P&P to UK and Europe.

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The World Cruising Club team will be at boot Düsseldorf 2019 from 19-27 January in Hall 11, E11 and if you’re visiting the show, we look forward to seeing you there.

With more than 1,800 exhibitors from 65 countries spread through multiple exhibition halls, presenting boat premières, new equipment, and maritime services, boot Düsseldorf is the premier Show for sailing enthusiasts. All the top boat builders will the there, filling two exhibition halls with more than 50 different cruising and racing sailboats. Other halls feature engines, equipment and marina destinations; so much that one day just won’t be enough to see everything on offer.

ARC & World Presentation (ENG)

ARC Skippers Panel (GER)

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Meet previous rally skippers, Q&A on what it takes to sail the ARC

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ARC Baltic Presentation (ENG)

Sunday, 20 January 2019

All you need to know to sail with us to Russia and beyond. Find out about the dates, route, and ports of call for the 2019 rally.

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Wave upon wave of ARC boats are now sailing across the Atlantic with the 2018 edition of the rally. The option of a stopover in Cape Verde has proved so popular this year that an additional route was included, allowing more boats to call into Mindelo. The first wave of ARC+, as the two-stage route is known, will see boats finish in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, with the first arrival due this weekend. This year, the second wave will arrive into Blue Lagoon marina on St. Vincent, after their layover in Cape Verde and re-start last Sunday. And lastly, the final wave of boats in this year’s ARC set out from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 25 November and are sailing the rhumbline course straight to Saint Lucia.

The weather so far has been excellent, with all boats enjoying good passage speeds and sunshine, although the rock ‘n roll of the swell has surprised some folks! Forecasts show better winds to the south of the rhumbline, with consistent if moderate trade winds, meaning an enjoyable, but not record-breaking passage is expected.

Follow the fleet online

All boats are fitted with a YB Tracker for those at home to follow their progress online fleet viewer or YB Race app for iPhone and Android. Sharing their time at sea, crews are also sending blogs and photos to the ARC website. As the arrivals start to roll in follow the ARC Facebook page, Twitter and website for the latest Caribbean celebrations.

2019 Dates

ARC+ Cape Verde

10 Nov to 11 Dec – includes stop in Cape Verde and option to finish in Saint Lucia or St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

ARC 2019

24 Nov to 21 Dec – sails direct from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia.

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Dates announced for the summer cruise

6 July to 19 August 2019

After a years’ hiatus in 2018, we are delighted to announce that next summer ARC Baltic will be returning to Europe’s East Sea. The popular rally, which was fully subscribed for it’s last edition, will see a six-week cruise experiencing the very best culture and cruising that this magnificent sailing area has to offer.

Ashore, explore historic towns such as Rønne and Tallin, see iconic landmarks including The Hermitage and Winter Palace in St. Petersburg and fascinating museums in Mariehamn and Stockholm. At sea, enjoy cruising archipelagos, comprehensive briefings and smooth clearances with World Cruising Club staff on hand in every port.

The full information pack with prices and conditions will be available soon. Register your interest by requesting a copy via the WCC website.

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Celebrating it’s 25th edition in 2019, join ARC Portugal, crossing the Bay of Biscay and cruising the Algarve.

To mark 25 years of trans-Biscay sailing and Portuguese cruising, there will be some special events on the ARC Portugal 2019 rally programme, including a celebratory dinner in Lagos for all current and previous ARC Portugal sailors, plus a similar farewell in Plymouth.

Marina de Lagos has become a true hub for cruising sailors since the first rally in 1994. Not only is it a popular port-of-call for transatlantic and Mediterranean sailors, but it provides a welcome haven for many live-aboard and part-time cruisers who enjoy the mild climate and easy way of life on Portugal’s Algarve coast.

Find out for yourself with ARC Portugal 2019.

About The Rally

Credited each year with introducing sailors to cruising friends for life, ARC Portugal departs from Plymouth, UK on 2 June 2019 and crosses the Bay of Biscay to Bayona then down the coast of Portugal stopping overnight at Póvoa de Varzim, Porto, Figueira da Foz, Peniche, Oeiras and Sines, before finishing in Marina de Lagos just over three weeks later.

To find out more, request a copy of the ARC Portugal Information Pack. This includes full pricing, rally benefits and links to our conditions of entry and safety equipment requirements.

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Ocean Crew Link is World Cruising Club’s preferred sailing crew match service and has a special focus on voyaging rallies like the ARC, Caribbean 1500 and World ARC. Boat owners and charter companies use Ocean Crew Link to find crew for rallies and independent cruising. Each month there are around 150 opportunities to sail as crew available on the site. Many boats sailing on the current rallies found crew via the site, bringing together people of different backgrounds and personalities to fulfil their dreams of sailing oceans together.

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9-10 MARCH 2019

Meet other cruising sailors for a relaxed and social weekend of learning from the experts how to prepare for ocean cruising with special emphasis on planning for an ARC or World ARC voyage.

The Ocean Cruising Seminar combines classroom lectures with group discussions and one-on-one interaction with speakers and fellow students. Evening dinners and social breaks throughout the day provide the opportunity to meet others ‘in the same boat’ and planning their adventures like you.

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