In November we will attend the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, ARC+ via Cape Verde to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, with Mon Ami of Sweden.
ARC is arranged by World Cruising Club and this year is the 33rd year of the race. 300 boats is attending with totally approximately 1500 crew members onboard.
On Mon Ami will Mats and Louise be joined by our daughter Sara and her newly married (25 Aug-2018) husband Bjorn. The 3 weeks Atlantic crossing will be their honeymoon. Together with parents in law(!) We think its very positive.
It makes a big difference to be four crew onboard instead of only two with night watch, sleep and to be able to fix problems onboard. Sara and Bjorn is perfect crew as they are medical doctor and military combat diver. – But I think we will need some more food!
Approximately 850 + 2150 nautical miles or one week + two weeks for a normal cruising boat.
Crossing the Atlantic from the Canaries to Saint Lucia via Cape Verde enables boats make the most of the north east trade winds.The Cape Verde islands are ideally placed for boats to sail south into seasonal winds; their latitude at 16º50’N is right in the path of the trade winds, promising a great sail for the passage to Saint Lucia.
ARC+ 2018 Itinerary
|Date||Details for ARC+ Cape Verdes|
|01 Nov||Rally office opens in Las Palmas|
|04 Nov||Last date for arrivals in Las Palmas|
|11 Nov||Start of Gran Canaria – Sao Vicente leg (865nm)|
|16-18 Nov||Arrival in Mindelo, Sao Vicente (Marina Mindelo)|
|21 Nov||Start of Sao Vicente – Saint Lucia leg (2090nm)|
|3-8 Dec||Arrival in Saint Lucia (Rodney Bay Marina)|
|11 Dec||ARC+ finish line closes|
|12 Dec||Prize giving ceremony in Saint Lucia|
Every boat is welcomed to Rodney Bay Marina with rum punches, fresh fruit and chilled beer. No matter what time of day or night, the welcome party will be ready for you!
- Saint Lucia Tourism Authority welcome party
- Anse La Raye Fish Fry
- Familiarisation Tours
- ARC lectures – Caribbean cooking and Caribbean cruising
- ARC+ prize giving ceremony