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ARC – Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

ARC – Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia

Every November since 1986 the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has set sail from Las Palmas, bound 2,700 nautical miles westward across the Atlantic to the Caribbean.


ACR 2014 Itinerary

Date Details for ARC+ Cape Verdes
01 November  Rally office opens in Las Palmas
04 Nov  Last date for arrivals in Las Palmas
09 Nov Start of Gran Canaria – Sao Vicente leg (865nm)
1300 Divisions start together
14-16 Nov Arrival in Mindelo, Sao Vicente (Marina Mindelo)
19 Nov Start of Sao Vicente – Saint Lucia leg (2090nm)
30 Nov – 04 Dec Arrival in Saint Lucia (Rodney Bay Marina)
09 Dec ARC+ finish line closes, 12:00 local time
10 Dec Prize giving ceremony in Saint Lucia

ARC - Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

Date Details for ARC Gran Canaria – Saint Lucia Direct
10 Nov ARC Office opens in Las Palmas
16 Nov Last date for boat arrivals in Las Palmas
23 Nov Start day!
12:30 Multihulls
12:45 Racing Divisions
13:00 Cruising Divisions
10-15 Dec Majority of ARC boats arrive in Rodney Bay
19 Dec ARC finish line closes, 12:00 local time
20 Dec Prize giving ceremony


Saint Lucia and BeyondAtlantic Rally Cruisers

There is so much to do on Saint Lucia that many yachts stay on the Island for Christmas, enjoying the warm Saint Lucian hospitality and beautiful island (and the rum punches…). many ARC boats continue their Caribbean cruising in small groups, often meeting other ARC friends in Caribbean anchorages.

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!

Sample ARC Activities in Saint Lucia
  • Saint Lucia Tourist Board welcome party
  • Jazz night
  • ARC in the Park – live music
  • Cultural weekend of activities
  • Marina manager’s cocktail party
  • ARC lectures – Caribbean cooking and Caribbean cruising
  • Pigeon Island costume party
  • ARC prize giving ceremony

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