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World ARC departs from Australia - you have a year to prepare!

by World Cruising Club on 9 Oct 2013
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Tempted to sail away from your career, your weekly habits, your family and friends for the adventure of a lifetime, but be back in a couple of years to continue 'life'? The World ARC Rally could be just the answer - and you have almost a year to prepare!

The World ARC has a departure from Australia scheduled for September 2014, from Darwin. But the yachts in the northern hemisphere are already in countdown mode for their departure in January.


43 boats have already joined World ARC in 2014. Starting from Saint Lucia and then Australia, World ARC really is the voyage of a lifetime. A 26000 NM tradewind circumnavigation with the World Cruising Club team in every port ensuring a warm welcome.

World ARC is a mix of cruising in company and free time to explore. You can make choice of making a full circumnavigation or sailing half a rally, then splitting off to explore independently.

The pace keeps the fleet together, enjoying the shore-side activities as a group, while staying with the best weather.

Families with children, retirees or a ‘grown up gap year’ - all are welcome as part of World ARC. Our dedicated rally team ensure you make the most of your time ashore, and provide peace of mind at sea.

The North American fleet will depart on 11 January 2014 from Rodney Bay, starting a 15 month circumnavigation that will see them cover some 26,000nm and visit 17 countries along the way. In Australia, you can join the World ARC boats as they cruise the Australian coastline, but the official departure will begin in Darwin.

So far, crews on board range from just 20 months old to 81 years, and represent 18 different nationalities. By a whisker, Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39 Saphir is the smallest boat in this year's fleet whilst at the other end of the scale, Tulasi an Amel 64 is the largest and there will be 5 multihulls'.

Here is the stunning itinerary, starting in the Caribbean, showing the Australian portion as the 'second half':
 

Month Details Miles
January
 
Saint Lucia to San Blas, Panama 1100 NM
Transit Panama Canal  
February Cruise Panama  
 Las Perlas to Galapagos  850 NM
 Cruise Galapagos  
 March  Galapagos to Hiva Oa, Marquesas  2980 NM
 Cruise French Polynesia  
 April  Tahiti rendezvous  
 Cruise Society Islands  
 May  Bora Bora to Suwarrow  690 NM
 Suwarrow to Niue  540 NM
 Niue to Vava'u, Tonga 230 NM 
 June  Cruise Tonga and Fiji  
 July  Fiji to Tanna, Vanuatu 450 NM 
 Cruise Vanuatu  
 Port Vila, Vanuatu to Mackay, Australia 1150 NM 
 August  Cruise the Great Barrier Reef  
 Thursday Island to Darwin 830 NM 

 

 

Route: Second Half from Australia

 

Month Details Miles
September  Darwin to Bali, Indonesia 990 NM
  Bali to Cocos (Keeling) 1100 NM
October Cocos to Mauritius 2350 NM
  Mauritius to Reunion 130 NM
November Reunion to Richards Bay, South Africa 1370 NM
  Cruise South Africa  
January Cape Town to St Helena   1700 NM
  St Helena to Salvador, Brazil   1900 NM
February Cruise Brazil   
March (TBC) Brazil to St George's, Grenada   1700 NM
  Cruise Windward Islands  
April  Final prize giving in Saint Lucia   

 

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