The World Cruising Club is delighted to announce that starting in 2014, the World ARC round-the-world sailing rally will become an annual event, starting every January from Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia. World ARC is currently a biennial event, starting in January and finishing 15 months later. The current event started in January 2010 and the next will start in January 2012.
Joining World ARC provides practical support in port and at sea, the camaraderie of a close group of fellow cruisers, and a structure that provides peace of mind. Interest in World ARC has increased in the last year, with over 30 boats ready to take part in World ARC 2012.
Demand from sailors for a rally in the “off” years has lead to the decision to make World ARC an annual event. This will make it easier for cruisers to sail half the rally, then take a year out to explore on their own, before rejoining the subsequent rally to complete their circumnavigation.
The boats themselves are a cross-section of popular cruising designs, from proven blue-water marques like Hallberg Rassy, Oyster, OVNI and Amel to production cruisers from high volume builders such as Bavaria, Lagoon and Jeanneau.
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