ARC Atlantic Rally for Cruises 2023
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers regatta, the ARC, a classic on the nautical agenda of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, prepares sails for its new edition, number 38, at the capital’s sports pier. A total of 255 sailboats, 159 registered in the ARC and 96 in the ARC Plus, two nautical rallies that every November link Gran Canaria and its capital with the Caribbean.
The fleet of this nautical event, organized by the British company World Cruising Club, renews its commitment to the city and its annual Atlantic adventure at a time of year favourable for sailing from the Canary Islands. This year, 31 Spaniards will cross the Atlantic and four sailboats will sail under the Spanish flag, three of them in the ARC Plus, Ahlem, Bluemoona and Mastegot, and one, the Swan 58 Lullaby, will depart with the ARC.
Sunday 5 November: ARC Plus
The first regatta, the ARC Plus, will leave for the Caribbean, to the island of Grenada, with a stopover in Cape Verde, on the island of Mindelo, on Sunday, November 5, at 13:00, with 96 cruise boats.
The ARC Plus, which celebrates its 11th departure from the Gran Canaria capital in 2023, will set sail on November 5. For 5 weeks, including a stopover in Mindelo (Cape Verde for 6 days), the fleet will arrive at the island of Grenada, its capital, Saint George, the first week of December. The fleet, 96 sailboats, of which 27 multihulls, will sail under the flag of 24 nationalities. The fleet of 455 people has 45 minors. The oldest crew member is 87 years old. The smallest boat is 9’85 meters in length and the largest is 20’05 meters.
Sunday 19 November: ARC
The second departure, the main route, the ARC, will take place on Sunday, November 19, with 159 sailboats.
The city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will receive an official delegation from the island of Saint Lucia, which will attend the usual raising of the fleet’s flags, on Sunday, November 12. LPA Tourism will take advantage of the occasion to show the historical heritage of the capital and the close relations between the two sides of the Atlantic
The ARC, with a direct route of 2,700 nautical miles of ocean navigation from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, for about three weeks to the island of Santa Lucía, will set sail on Sunday the 19th.
A total of 159 yachts, including 47 multihulls, and about 900 sailors, between 2 and 89 years old, make up one of the most diverse fleets of sailing events in the world: 30 nationalities, among which stand out for their number, Great Britain, Germany and the United States. The smallest sailboat is 10.11 meters long and the longest is 32 meters long.
12:45 Racing Divisions
13:00 Cruising Divisions
Majority of ARC boats arrive in Rodney Bay between 7-12 December