Today 250 yachts from all over the globe set sail from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria to participate in the world famous Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). This is the largest Trans Atlantic event in the world and it is something most sailors only dream of. To sail this event will surely be one of the most memorable events of a sailor’s life.
The ARC is described as the most eclectic mix of sailors converging on Las Palmas in the Canary Islands for a two week build up to the start of the race. The marina is filled with boats of all shapes and sizes flying their countries flags – Simply an incredible atmosphere! As the race begins sailors quickly lose sight of the volcanic peaks of the Canary Islands and look ahead at the hundreds of miles of sea ahead of them. 2700 miles later they spot the palm-fringed peaks of St. Lucia on the horizon, their first sight of land in almost two weeks and the nautical journey ends at IGY Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia.
More than just a boat race, the ARC is about friendships made along the way and arriving in Saint Lucia to be met on the dock with a rum punch, knowing you have achieved something fantastic.