Entries are now being accepted for the 28th edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), the world’s most popular sailing rally. The 2012 rally was booked up by late February, and cruisers are already keen to secure their place in ARC 2013, 14 months before the start.
Cruisers who want to cross oceans are still “voting with their keels” and setting sail, in contrast to the lower entries in racing regattas and less than full marinas.
The entry list for ARC 2013 opened on September 14th. Within 50 minutes of the entry list opening, 10 boats were booked, and only five days later, there are now 60 entries.
The ARC sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, over 2700 nautical miles away. The 220+ boats that take part every year are a mix of family cruisers, race boats and charter boats from more than 20 nations. Over 30 children aged under 16 sail with the ARC every year, and the oldest participant is usually in their late 70s or 80s. All are welcome!
Every major boatbuilder is represented in the fleet, which ranges in size from Hanse 325 Quickie (NOR) to the 28m (92′) CNB fast cruiser Bristolian (GBR); and in age from 1936 vintage boats Peregrine (GBR) and Peter von Seestermuhe (GER) to the latest launches.
18% of the ARC 2012 boats were launched in the last 24 months, with an amazing 26 launched in 2012. Six of these new launches are Lagoon catamarans and four are Oysters.
World Cruising Club managing director Andrew Bishop says, “The enthusiasm for joining rallies like the ARC and World ARC shows that cruisers young and old are still keen to experience the thrill of life at sea, and we are delighted to be able to help make this happen.”