Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) is an annual competition for sailing boats attempting to cross the Atlantic. ARC participants include sailing families, yacht racers and enthusiastic amateurs. The competition starts in late November and finishes just before Christmas on the other side of the Atlantic. Over 250 yachts take part every year and sail with the wind towards the West Indies. With a lovely broad reach conditions for most of the race, it takes about three weeks to cross the Atlantic.
More Sailing sail several boats across the Caribbean each year, each one with a professional skipper on board. We offer you a safe and carefree way of sailing the Atlantic. Before the race, the entire crew help to prepare the boat in Las Palmas. During the voyage you take turns to keep watch, sail and cook.
To sail with us across the Atlantic, you must prove documented nautical skills and practical experience of navigation and living on board a boat. You and the others will live closely together during the crossing, so it is important that you are present in Las Palmas a week before departure, so you and the rest of the crew can get to know each other and prepare your boat before you sail away.
On board the boats each cabin sleeps two people, and if you book the trip for just yourself, you'll share a cabin with someone else. You can book a whole cabin to yourself for a supplementary cost. If you are part of a larger group, you can book an entire boat to yourselves.
The price includes a space in a cabin on the boat, a skipper and all ARC entry fees. Other expenses such as food, beverages and airline tickets are paid as additional extras. There will be a budget for food and other expenses during the crossing.
The boats are equipped with the safety equipment required to sail across the Atlantic. The ARC organisers determine the requirements for safety equipment and the boats are inspected before departure from Las Palmas. There is limited satellite connectivity on board for using the Internet and telephony.
It takes about three weeks to sail from Gran Canaria to St Lucia and you should expect to be on site at Las Palmas to prepare the boat a week before the start of the ARC. When you arrive at St. Lucia, you have a week's accommodation on board the boat, allowing you plenty of time to relax, celebrate the crossing and experience the Caribbean. The whole adventure takes 4-5 weeks and when you get home, you can stroll around proudly in a pair of red trousers.
More 55 is build in our More Boats shipyard. We know how to build the best boats with our experience in charter business. More 55 is the first model of our shipyard and it’s built to survive longer sailing trips in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. More 55 has a strong structure, light body and large sails, making it both fast and stable..
The World Cruising Club organizes offshore sailing events around the world. They have been designed for the 'average' cruising boats and crews. They are a way for people to realize their dream of embarking on a long sea voyage. In this way, several boats and crew members can make the journey together, which results in a great sense of community and security.
The company was founded by Jimmy Cornell after the success of the first ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) transatlantic rally in 1986. Since Jimmy's retirement in 1998, the company has been run by Andrew Bishop.
World Cruising Club has a portfolio of sailing rallies that take place every year. They include ARC Europe, ARC USA and the long run ARC Around the World which takes 18 months to complete. Each year, approximately 1,800 people from over 20 different countries take part in one of the World Cruising Club rallies. They range in age from children of just a few months to adults over 80. For some, it will be their first time sailing on the open seas, while for others it will be another repeat of a favourite adventure. Some come to enjoy their retirement; others want to take a break from work, or to start a new life full of adventures.
The event starts when you arrive in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, around one week before setting sail. Once there we meet up and start preparations,which gives us a chance to get to know the boat and to build our team.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF ME AS A PARTICIPANT?
As a participant, you will be required to have good sailing experience so that you have an idea of what a longer sailing voyage will involve. The boat will have a well-trained skipper onboard who will go through the boat and all technical information on site. The most important thing is that you are open-minded, you will share a small space with other people from different backgrounds but with the same common interest in sailing.
WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?
Sailing across the Atlantic involves significant variations in temperature. Initially, the temperature will be about 20 degrees during the day and 15 degrees at night. But considering that the wind is very strong, it will feel much colder than it is; more like 5-10 degrees. As you move more to the south, the temperature rises and before long you will want to be wearing swimwear. The best footwear is a pair of appropriate shoes with light soles or sandals. Boots are also an appropriate alternative if you like, although they are not necessary. We recommend you bring a cap or a hat to wear at night. When sailing your hands will go through a lot, so bring a pair of gloves to protect them. The sun is very intense at sea and it is easy to burn, so we recommend that you bring a high factor sunscreen. It is a good idea to bring polarised sunglasses, and prescription sunglasses could be useful if you have impaired vision. Consider bringing two pairs, as it can be annoying if you lose the only pair you have with you.
WILL I GET SEASICK?
Anyone can suffer from seasickness, including the most seasoned of sailors, so make sure to bring your own supply of seasickness treatments. There are many different forms of drugs and pills of different strengths, in addition to patches, chewing gums and bracelets. Seasickness is not a symptom of any particular ailment and can be the result of numerous different factors. The most common causes are dehydration, lack of energy and sleep disorders. With this in mind, Oral Rehydration Salts are worth bringing along. We will have food on board, but a few packets of dextrosol could come in handy, too. And to ensure that you sleep properly, consider bringing ear plugs and an eye mask.
HOW LONG WILL I BE AWAY?
The participants travel to Las Palmas on their own accord, around a week before the race commences, at the latest by November 14th, giving that the opening ceremony takes place on November 15th. It is advised that you do not book the return travel for any time before December 13th. The award ceremony is held on December 19th, and participants can stay on the boat until December 20th if desired.
WHAT ARE THE SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS?
For the boat to participate in the ARC there are several requirements set by ARC which must be met. The skippers are responsible for ensuring that their ships meet these requirements. The participants are responsible for ensuring that they have all of the necessary personal equipment required by ARC.
The participants must have a personal life jacket which must be equipped with:
Lanyard with safety carbine at both ends, and 3 hooks
A tag with the name of the participant and the boat
Replacement kit with cartridge
An additional technical piece of equipment that the participant can provide themselves is a piece of personal search equipment. This consists of two different transmitters, one of which is a radio transmitter which can be detected on the radar screens of nearby boats. The second transmits satellite signals; the signal goes up to a satellite and then down to a ground station which receives the position of the transmitter. This type of equipment is not required but is recommended. Other items of equipment which are useful to have on a life jacket include a knife, a multipurpose tool, a pocket light and / or head light.
WHAT IS THE SHIP FUND?
All the participants on the ship put some money into a fund which is used to cover expenses such as food and household items. The contribution per person is around 300 euro. The skippers do not contribute to the ship fund.
Before setting off, as a participant you need to check that you have functional sailing clothes and equipment and that they are in good condition. It may be necessary to acquire new equipment. As your ability to use communication technologies will be restricted on the ship, it is necessary to tell your loved ones and your employer that you will not be contactable during the three weeks at sea.
Before departing for Las Palmas we organize preparatory meetings at More Sailings office in Gothenburg. These meetings are optional, but we highly recommend that you attend. If you are unable to participate physically, you can participate via weblink. The information from the meetings can also be sent on to you. During the preparatory meetings the crew will have an opportunity to get to know each other, ask questions and clear up doubts, and to order equipment together.
You must have a passport which is valid for at least six months from the return date.
ALLERGIES / PERSONAL LIMITATIONS
If you have any allergies or physical limitations that may become a problem, it is important that these are made known to the rest of the crew so that they may be prepared for any possible situation.
To be on the safe side, take copies of your passports, bank cards, flight tickets and other important documents. (It's always a good idea to have one copy of them at home and another one in your travel bag.)
Ensure that you have a good travel insurance policy or that you are covered by your home insurance. It is also possible to take out travel insurance and cancellation insurance with More Sailing.
ON SITE IN LAS PALMAS
Preparations in Las Palmas begin with an opening ceremony to which all the participating boats and crews are invited. The opening ceremony ends with a ceremonial flag raising in which all participating nations are represented. After the opening ceremony, final preparations are begun; at this point the boat is made ready to sail, everything is stowed, and food is bought, prepared and cooked. You and the rest of the crew will sail together for a week, during which time you will train and practice various maneuvers before the race. During this week the World Cruising Club will organise lectures on a number of subjects including weather, sail trim and medical care. These are usually very popular with participants.