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30th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail
A lively start for the ARC fleet from Las PalmasWCC / James Mitchell

30th Atlantic Rally

30th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

This November, over 260 boats and 1250 people including 40 children aged under 16 will take part in the 30th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, which sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, heading 2700NM across the Atlantic to Saint Lucia.

ARC sailors have a choice of routes with the introduction of ARC+ Cape Verde, and two starts are planned: 64 boats sailing ARC+ will depart Las Palmas marina (Muelle Deportivo) on Sunday eight November, followed by the larger ARC fleet (204 boats) on Sunday 22 November.

30th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

First yacht to finish in ARC 2010, Swan 80 Berenice (ITA) in Las PalmasBarry Pickthall

As always, the ARC fleet represents almost every principle sailing nation. This year boats are registered in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, UK, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, USA and 12 other nations, making 30 in total. Crews have also come from far and wide to take part, with 41 different nationalities represented.

by World Cruising

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