This year’s World Cruising Club ARC takes place this Sunday (20 November, 2016) but the ARC+* is well underway with yachts making their way from Las Palmas.
For the fourth year, the ARC+ Cape Verde rally set off from Gran Canaria on Sunday 6 November and sailors have made their way to Mindelo, Cape Verde. Part one of the two-stage Atlantic journey hosted over 70 boats, the largest ever ARC+ fleet.
Before departing crews got to enjoy a programme of safety inspections, seminars and social functions. Multihulls, monohulls, sailors and some dogs were all underway by 1300 on the 6th and after sailing some 85 nautical miles they arrived in Mindelo, situated in the southwest of Gran Canaria.
After four to five days at sea the ARC+ Rally sailors have enjoyed some R&R on the island before joining up to become part of the 200 plus yachts that will take on the 2700 nautical mile crossing to Saint Lucia. 1200 sailors will use the trade winds to cross the Atlantic, heading for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia.
*ARC+ is an alternative route to participate in the World Cruising Club’s ARC which departs Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia.