Please select your home edition
Edition
Henri Lloyd 50 Years

ARC Baltic fleet visit six countries and six capitals in six weeks

by World Cruising Club on 19 Aug 2014
Kokar, Finnish Archipelago World Cruising Club © http://www.worldcruising.com
Over the last six weeks the ARC Baltic fleet have sailed nearly 1800 nautical miles, visiting six countries and six capitals. The rally has now arrived in the final destination on the small picturesque island of Møn with its iconic white cliffs, located 130km south of Copenhagen, Denmark. Visiting Stockholm, the Swedish Archipelago and Kalmar before the final passage to Møn again involved some of the many memorable experiences of what the Baltic has had to offer.

Moored in the small KSSS Saltsjöbaden Marina close to the centre of Stockholm, the fleet enjoyed a tour to the impressive Wasa Museum reminding crews of the technological advances and developments over the last 500 years. It was clear a sense of admiration was felt for the sailors who navigated the rocky archipelagos on these large ships without the assistance of the navigational aids and engines.

A free cruising period from Stockholm to Kalmar allowed the fleet to explore what the archipelago has to offer. The endless opportunities to anchor in sheltered tranquil bays or moored Scandinavian style bow to the rocks was a pleasant reward for what can be tricky navigation through the small rocky islands. Several anchorages were visited and islands explored before sailing south through the Kalmar Sound before reaching Kalmar Marina.

The guest harbour in Kalmar offered the fleet good facilities and with its close proximity to the town centre, for many it was a nice change from the remoteness of the Swedish Archipelago. A visit to the impressive Kalmar Castle highlighted the strategic importance of the town where the castle was placed as defender of the Swedish border. A crew dinner marked the turning point in the rally where boats started to leave the rally.

Due to strong south-westerly winds and the new found cruising ground of the Swedish Archipelago, many decided that Kalmar would be an ideal place to leave the boat as a base for their future sailing adventures acting as testament to the beauty of the sailing grounds that this region of the Baltic has to offer. Goodbyes and contacts exchanged, the remainder of the fleet departed Kalmar for their final leg of the ARC Baltic 2014, an 180nm passage to the small island of Møn.

For the remaining 16 boats, the final crew BBQ tonight which have proven highly desirable due to the warm weather experienced over the course of the fleets time in the Baltic, tour to Copenhagen tomorrow and farewell dinner in the evening will mark the end to what has been a fantastic first ARC Baltic.


Vasa museum Stockholm © World Cruising Club  http://www.worldcruising.com
Vasa museum Stockholm © World Cruising Club
World Cruising website
Sail Exchange 660x82 1Beneteau SAIL Oceanis 35.1 37.1 41.1 660x82 1Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best Eyewear

Related Articles

2017 Jeanneau Rendezvous at the inaugural Sail Peninsula Regatta
Some photos taken by LaFoto at the 2017 Jeanneau Rendezvous which was part of the inaugural Sail Peninsula Regatta. The 2017 Jeanneau Rendezvous was part of the inaugural Sail Peninsula Regatta from Martha Cove on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. It was a great regatta with a stern chaser race held on the Friday night, followed by a long distance race to Blairgowrie on Saturday in a glamorous five to ten knots, then finally an awesome medium distance race off Safety Beach in 25-35 knots...
Posted on 21 Feb
Super Series Sailing Spectacular
News arrived of at least one Australian outfit going for a new build 52. Someone had to entertain Beau Geste and SMB During the week, news arrived of at least one Australian outfit going for a new build 52. Someone had to keep Beau Geste and SMB entertained at the sharp end of the 52 bracket. Two other camps were linked to other former 52 Super Series craft, Phoenix and Spookie, but the one touted as going after Phoenix has denied it, saying that Hasso (SAP) Plattner of Germany has bought her.
Posted on 20 Feb
More marina space and exciting firsts for GC Boat Show and Marine Expo
More marina space and exciting additions to an impressive Fleet of Firsts have set scene for a colossal marine showcase More marina space and even more exciting additions to an already impressive Fleet of Firsts have set the scene for a colossal marine showcase both on water and on land on Queensland’s Gold Coast from 17-19 March.
Posted on 17 Feb
Tenth blog from on board Perie Banou II
The irrepressible, charismatic and yarn-spinning record-breaker known as Jon Sanders is back sailing the oceans The sailor who cannot garden; the irrepressible, charismatic and yarn-spinning record-breaker known as Jon Sanders is back sailing the oceans he knows so well. After his ribs episode on the quay in Cape Town, and making more friends everywhere he goes, Jon is now making for St Helena. So here, in his typical rapid-fire style are his latest exploits...
Posted on 17 Feb
B&G adds enhanced Navionic functionality to Zeus and Vulcan range
B&G® announces the latest updates will bring PredictWind weather services direct to Zeus and Vulcan chartplotter range. B&G®, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, is pleased to announce the latest in its software updates will bring PredictWind weather services direct to its Zeus and Vulcan chartplotter range.
Posted on 16 Feb
Beneteau Open Day at Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
The Beneteau Team will be exhibiting three new Beneteau models at the CYCA this Saturday. The Beneteau Team will be exhibiting three new Beneteau models at the CYCA this Saturday.
Posted on 16 Feb
Lisa Blair enjoys a sunrise crossing of International Date Line
At sea for 20 days, Lisa Blair, 32 reached a key milestone in her attempt to circumnavigate Antarctica solo At sea for 20 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 39 seconds, sailor and adventurer Lisa Blair, 32 reached a key milestone in her attempt to circumnavigate Antarctica solo and unassisted crossing the International Dateline at 16:25:39 UTC (05:25:39 local time) on 11 February 2017.
Posted on 11 Feb
Six weeks to go to 2017’s Gold Coast International Boat Show
Come and see over 600 boats for sale on water and on the land as well as engines, accessories and electronics. Come and see over 600 boats for sale on water and on the land as well as engines, accessories and electronics, live entertainment and boating education every 15 minutes across a giant 3km display circuit.
Posted on 10 Feb
On board interview with Lisa Blair - solo Antartica circumnavigation
So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. After the setbacks of a delayed departure due to gremlins in the electronics, we are delighted to have these answers from her on board. She is well and enjoying her time. Climate Action Now, her Hick 50, left Albany in Western Australia on January 22, 2017.
Posted on 8 Feb
Growing Fleet of Firsts for Queensland’s biggest GC Intl Marine Expo
A very impressive Fleet of Firsts is taking shape even more world-leading marine brands/businesses step aboard this week A very impressive Fleet of Firsts is taking shape as even more world-leading marine brands and businesses step aboard this week with first releases at Australia’s first major boat show of 2017 – the Gold Coast International Boat Show and Marine Expo in March.
Posted on 2 Feb