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Eleven 'down-under' boats join the 28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

by World Cruising Club on 25 Nov 2013
ARC - crowd watch the departure .. .
The 28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail this week from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Saint Lucia. Ten Australian boats, among them three multihulls, and one multihull New Zealand boat joined the adventure across the Atlantic.

A fine NNE breeze provided perfect conditions for a downwind start and a swift departure for the first part of the passage across the Atlantic. In total, 224 boats and 1,204 people, including 26 aged under 16, are sailing in this year's edition of the world's most popular trans-ocean rally.


The Australian-flagged boats are:
Enchantee, a Catana 47, sailed by Phil and Trish Wright
Fanny Fisher, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42DS, sailed by David and Dimity McMurtrie
Havachat, a privilege 515, skippered by Peter Maslen
Josie Marie, an Oyster 575, skippered by Vicki De Margheriti
Karma Wins, a Fountaine Pajot Orana 44, skippered by Barry Saunders
Kondili, a Hanse 495, skippered by Phil Hearse
La Rochelle, a Bavaria Match 42, skippered by Colin Pruden
Manali, a Bavaria 42 Cruiser, skippered by Justine Noy
Pannikin, a Bavaria 44, skippered by Steve Whittell-Webb, and
Solar Blue a Bavaria49, skippered by John Devine

The New Zealand-flagged boat is:
Jade, an Admiral multihull, skippered by Alex Hannell

All Australian and New Zealand boats entered were in the cruising division.

First boats to cross the start line:
While the ARC is a cruising rally, there is a start and finish line, and the boats are split into divisions according to size, type and competition. One boat opted to depart Las Palmas early, so 223 yachts sailing under the flags of 23 nations crossed today's start lines.

At 12:30UTC the gun on the Spanish naval ship Rayo fired for the start of the multihull and open divisions. The first catamaran across the line was Gunboat 62 Zenyatta (USA) the largest multihull in this year's fleet. 24 other multihulls, many with families on board waved farewell to the Vela Latina dock this morning to cross the start line and begin their adventure.


35 boats in this year's the Racing Division were lead across the start line by Gran Soleil 43 Quokka 8 (GBR), closely followed by Oyster Lightwave 48 Scarlet Oyster (GBR), and Knierim 65 Caro (GER). Spinnakers were promptly hoisted as the racers gybed out to seaward and away from sailed the coast of Gran Canaria.

The cruising division is the largest group of ARC yachts, with 161 boats. By their start at 13:00, a large rain squall washed over the boats on the start line, but there will be plenty of sunny trade wind sailing ahead for the next 2,700nm to Saint Lucia. First to cross the cruisers start line was Dufour 385 Lucky Lady of Finland with her crew skippered by Seppo Pajari, followed by Nyaminyami II (GBR) and Vild Lexus (DEN).

ARC crossing record:
All boats are now on their way to Saint Lucia, 2,700 nautical miles to the west. The weather forecast suggests light to moderate north-easterly trade winds for the first few days, which will mean a relaxed sail south towards the Cape Verdes for the cruisers. A developing low in the mid-Atlantic may encourage some of the racing fleet to try for the northern route in the hope of a faster passage.

The ARC crossing record is 11 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds, set by Italian maxi yacht Capricorno (Rinaldo Del Bono), in 2006. Several race boats are hoping to beat this, including Volvo 70 Monster Project, Nautor 78 Idea of London, TP52 Balearia and two Pogo 40s given the right conditions.

Farewell to Las Palmas:
In the two weeks of ARC activities in Las Palmas, the boats and crews become an important part of the city, and they always receive a warm send-off. Boats left the docks accompanied by a salsa band and calls of support from staff at businesses around the marina, and thousands of well-wishers lined the seafront to wave off the boats on their Atlantic adventure. The Tourist Board of Gran Canaria, the Port Authority of Las Palmas, and the city government of Las Palmas, have been wonderful hosts to ARC participants for the past two weeks and it is their continued support that makes the atmosphere in the lead up to start day so spectacular.

Some of the crews provided spectators with a show as they left: The crew of Keoma were all dressed in colourful shirts, there were Mexican waves as the fenders were stowed and many had horns and musical instruments themselves to join in with the band on shore.


Follow the fleet:
All ARC boats are fitted with Yellowbrick satellite trackers, allowing family and friends to follow the fleet from the comfort of home. As well as position, the online Fleet Viewer displays heading, speed and boat information. Wind direction and speed is also shown. Follow the fleet online at http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/eventfleetviewer

Arrival in Saint Lucia:
The majority of boats will take 18-21 days to make the 2700 nautical mile Atlantic crossing, arriving in Rodney Bay Marina in time for the prize giving on 21 December.

Whatever time they make landfall, every boat will be met at the dock by Saint Lucia Tourism and World Cruising Club staff bearing a welcome rum punch and cold drinks. There is a full schedule of events in Rodney Bay for all ARC crews and their friends and families, culminating in the ARC prize giving on 21 December.

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