sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : First ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas, Canary Islands
First ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas, Canary Islands


'ARC+ sets off'    .

The first ARC+ has set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands on Sunday 10 November. A brisk north Easterly wind provided great sailing conditions for a downwind start and a swift departure for the first part of their Atlantic crossing. 43 yachts carrying 183 crew members crossed the start line at 1300 and headed south, providing a stunning sight from ashore.

2013 is the first edition of ARC+ and after a 3-5 day stopover in Mindelo, the yachts will re-group and head off across the Atlantic on 20 November bound for Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia.

This new route choice has appealed to sailors from almost every principal sailing nation and amongst the fleet are boats registered from 14 countries around the globe including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, UK, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and USA. Crew on board represent 19 different nationalities and are aged from 15 to over 70 years old.

First boats to cross the start line:
First across the line was David Smith's Voyage 440, Easy Rider 2 (GBR) followed by Aronna X (BEL), LUV (GER), Rival 38 Kika (GBR).

Once across the line many boats hoisted their downwind sails allowing for a colourful sight. Erik Roede's Swan 53 Oda was the first yacht to have his spinnaker up as he cruised across the start line at a good speed.

Boats are now on their way to Mindelo, 850NM due South. Unfortunately Nefeli (ITA) has decided to turn back to Las Palmas after encountering auto helm failure approximately 80NM from Gran Canaria. They have been in touch with Rally Control and will be making repairs on arrival into Muelle Deportivo.

The weather forecast suggests moderate north-easterly trade winds for the passage enabling the boats to make good mileage, and we hope to be welcoming the majority of the fleet into Mindelo over Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November. The re-start will take place on Wednesday 20 November when the fleet departs for Leg 2 to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia.

Boats are fitted with the latest Yellowbrick Satellite trackers, allowing family and friends to follow the fleet from the comfort of their own home via the online Fleet Viewer. Boats can also send blogs and photos, posted on to the rally website to share life on board.

A busy schedule begins for the rest of the ARC fleet:
As the ARC+ fleet left yesterday, the exciting pre-departure programme has only just begun for the main ARC fleet. After a spectacular welcome party hosted by the Las Palmas City Council on Friday night, crews have spent the weekend exploring Las Palmas, and many headed out to wave off the ARC+ fleet on Sunday.

Before their own start on 24 November, ARC Crews can look forward to an exciting two weeks of preparation seminars and social activities. Safety inspections are already underway around the marina and during the next two weeks there are seminars run daily covering useful topics for ocean sailing including provisioning, communications, weather and sailing techniques.

Fully preparing crews for the voyage is an important part of the ARC programme in Las Palmas and the experienced team of 'yellow-shirts' from World Cruising Club provide invaluable advice to help participants prepare for start day.

Key Dates:

15-17 November: ARC+ Arrive - Mindelo, Sao Vincente

17 November: 12:00 ARC Opening Ceremony

20 November: ARC+ Re-Start: Sao Vincent - Saint Lucia

24 November: Start of ARC 2013 from Las Palmas
12:30 ARC2013 start1: Multihull and Open Divisions
12:45 ARC2013 start2: Racing Division
13:00 ARC2013 start3: All other Divisions

11-16 December: ARC boats finish (approx) - Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia

21 December: ARC prize giving in Saint Lucia


by Sarah Collins, World Cruising Club/Sail-World

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=116591

8:30 PM Mon 11 Nov 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Rally News

Related News Stories:

05 Oct 2013  Calling Northern European sailors: European Odyssey to fly summer 2014
04 Oct 2013  Calling Californian snowbird sailors: a welcome mat at Catalina
27 Sep 2013  Lycian Coast Yacht Rally - Kekova Calls
01 Sep 2013  Stokey Woodall Atlantic Circuit rally (2014) offers first seminar
28 Aug 2013  Sailing to the Sun - by joining a rally
26 Aug 2013  Cultural Fusion on the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean
13 Aug 2013  New rally announced NZ to OZ to join Sail 2 Indonesia
22 Jul 2013  Annual cruise-in-company to Lord Howe Island - just be there by 19 Nov
17 Jul 2013  Whitsunday Multihull Rendezvous - just around the corner
19 May 2013  10th Tahiti Pearl Regatta - see the images by Morgan Rogers
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Rod Davis - why I left Team NZ *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,




















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
















Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,










Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia   
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing   
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third   
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer   
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT