ARC - ATLANTIC RALLY for CRUISERS 2018
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the world's largest trans-ocean sailing rally. Some 250 yachts will be leaving Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on 25th November 2018 and arrive in St Lucia, in the Caribbean, an estimated 15-18 days later. The ARC is a chance for everyone, with different sailing experiences, to live the dream.
Swan yachts are built to sail oceans in safety, comfort and with great performance. Milanto participates almost every year, with results that speak for themselves: 2004 – 2nd in class and 4th overall; 2006 - 4th; 2011 – 3rd racing in racing division 2; 2012 - 5th in division 2. In 2013 Milanto came 3rd in Racing Division Class B and won the Nautor Swan Transatlantic Cup; 2014 4th Racing div 2 and again won the Nautor Swan Transatlantic Cup; 2015 5th Racing div 2; 2017 - 2nd in Racing Division B and for the third time, the Nautor Transatlantic Cup.
2017 was the 10th ARC Rally for Valerio, so you can count on a lot of experience and feel safe in his and Milanto's 'hands'.
Read Milanto's logs from the ARC website to get an idea of the experience that awaits you: https://www.worldcruising.com/arc/dailylogs.aspx
Dates for ARC 2018
Gran Canaria - Saint Lucia Direct
12 Nov ARC Office opens in Las Palmas
16 Nov Last date for boat arrivals in Las Palmas
25 Nov Start day!
13-18 Dec Majority of ARC boats arrive in Rodney Bay
21 Dec ARC finish line closes, 12:00 local time
22 Dec Prize giving ceremony
Summary info from 2017 Rally: Departure: 19 Nov 12:45. Arrival: 09 Dec 15:37 UTC. Time at sea: 20d 6h 52m 19s 3245 NM.
What to expect:
Crew will join Milanto in Gran Canaria 2-3 days before the start, to settle in, become familiar with the boat and join the parties. On board you will be involved in all aspects of sailing an ocean crossing, standing watches, steering, changing sails, cooking if you want to, or fishing and catching supper if you plan to be the star of the trip!
For your safety we recommend you undertake the ISAF/RYA Sea Survival Course prior to the trip.
- Check out the ARC website for more information: https://www.worldcruising.com/arc/event.aspx
We are now taking enquiries and bookings for ARC 2018, either for whole-boat charter, small groups or as individuals.
- Delicious home-made food whilst at sea
- Race entry fees
- Individual crew entry fee
- Mooring fee
- All safety equipment
- Crew polo shirt
- Entry passes to the pre- and post- ARC seminars and parties
- No 'hot' bunking
- Sail training session
- Skipper and mate
- Flights, transfers, shoreside accommodation and personal insurance.
Celebrating Valerio's Birthday: Dec 1st
Steve, Angus, Valerio, Josh, Jan, Michael, Keith - thanks to Marie for holding the camera!
Fantastic short video of the crossing in 2013
The start and finish!
And the 'in between'!