Another ARC, another boating party
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria _ With a week to go before the 2013 edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers leaves Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, hundreds of participating crews from around the world marched and danced behind their flags in a stirring parade around Las Palmas Marina.
The 2013 ARC features 226 boats, most of them family cruisers but multihulls are again popular: 22 in all. Andrew Bishop, Managing Director of World Cruising Club declared ARC 2013 officially “open” as dozens of flags were run up flagpoles around the marina. The party atmosphere capped a week of daily social events, seminars on cruising safety and other topics and the opportunity to plant another 200 trees in the ARC Forest in the mountains above the city.
The ARC+ fleet that departed Las Palmas a week ago has enjoyed favorable downwind sailing conditions to reach their stopover in Mindelo Marina in the Cape Verdes. They have a few days to explore the islands before they head off across the Atlantic on November 20 bound for Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia..
The first ever ARC was held in 1986. The event goes to Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, a voyage of 2700 nm that takes the fastest boats around 12 days and family cruisers between 18 and 21 days.