World ARC - the countdown begins

Countdown for the World ARC begins
The final countdown has begun for the crews of 43 boats who have already joined World ARC in 2014. Several will sail with ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) 2013 to reach the start in Saint Lucia - gaining their sea legs with the Atlantic crossing!

World ARC route
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Starting from both Saint Lucia and Australia, World ARC is the voyage of a lifetime. A 26000 NM tradewind circumnavigation with our team in every port ensuring a warm welcome.

World ARC is a mix of cruising in company and free time to explore. Make a full circumnavigation or sail half a rally.

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 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.

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:
 
MonthDetailsMiles
January
 
Saint Lucia to San Blas, Panama1100 NM
Transit Panama Canal 
FebruaryCruise 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, Tonga230 NM 
 June Cruise Tonga and Fiji 
 July Fiji to Tanna, Vanuatu450 NM 
 Cruise Vanuatu 
 Port Vila, Vanuatu to Mackay, Australia1150 NM 
 August Cruise the Great Barrier Reef 
 Thursday Island to Darwin830 NM 
  Route: Second Half from Australia 
MonthDetailsMiles
September Darwin to Bali, Indonesia990 NM
 Bali to Cocos (Keeling)1100 NM
OctoberCocos to Mauritius2350 NM
 Mauritius to Reunion130 NM
NovemberReunion to Richards Bay, South Africa1370 NM
 Cruise South Africa 
JanuaryCape Town to St Helena  1700 NM
 St Helena to Salvador, Brazil  1900 NM
FebruaryCruise 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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