(PRESS RELEASE) – A great adventure has begun for over 1000 sailors from 53 nations who departed Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Nov. 24, to cross the Atlantic to Saint Lucia as part of ARC 2019, the world’s largest trans-ocean sailing rally.
Following years of planning, months of preparations, and days of final checks, crews were eager to start their 2,700 nautical mile sail to the Caribbean.
The departure of the ARC fleet sailing directly to Saint Lucia means a combined total of 283 yachts are sailing the Atlantic under the ARC banner in 2019 – a record number in the 34 year history of the rally.
Meanwhile, 93 boats in the ARC+ fleet departed Mindelo, Cape Verde for their second leg of their crossing last Thursday and are enjoying great downwind sailing and fishing triumphs reported in their logs sent in to the World Cruising Club website. Bound for Saint Lucia are 72 yachts; and 22 for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with the first arrivals from expected from Dec. 2.
From the ARC departure today, the majority of boats will take 18-21 days to make the 2,700 nautical mile Atlantic crossing, arriving in Rodney Bay Marina, Saint Lucia. Whatever time they make landfall, every boat will be met at the dock by Saint Lucia Tourism Board and World Cruising Club staff bearing a welcome rum punch and cold drinks. There is a full schedule of events in Rodney Bay for all ARC crews and their friends and families, culminating in the ARC prize giving on Dec. 21.