World Cruising Club Expands to Cape Verdes and South America

For the first time since its creation in 1986, this year’s ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) sailors will have a choice of routes after leaving the Canary Islands in November. The newly created ARC+ will include a three- to five-day stopover in Minelo, Cape Verde Islands.
Author:
Publish date:
 This year's ARC will have two starts: Las Palmas (pictured) and the Cape Verdes

This year's ARC will have two starts: Las Palmas (pictured) and the Cape Verdes

For the first time since its creation in 1986, this year’s ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) sailors will have a choice of routes after leaving the Canary Islands in November. The newly created ARC+ will include a three- to five-day stopover in Minelo, Cape Verde Islands. There, sailors can re-provision, explore the island and restart directly in the trade winds at 16º50’N, headed for St. Lucia.

Meanwhile, the World ARC is expanding to include a new cold-water route around South America. Beginning in 2015, sailors can opt to sail from Europe, via Madeira, the Canary Islands and the Cape Verdes, before calling into South America, where they’ll cruise Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, followed by the Beagle Channel and Chilean Canals. After two months in the unique Patagonian wilderness, the fleet will head across the Pacific via Easter Island to meet up with their “warm water route” brethren in Tahiti.

Closer to home, the Caribbean 1500 is amping up once again and looking forward to an October start from a new home base: Portsmouth, VA. Unlike Hampton where the fleet was spread across three marinas, all boats will be berthed together in Portsmouth’s Ocean Marine Yacht Center.

To learn more about World Cruising Club’s upcoming rallies, visit worldcruising.com.

Related

IMG_0173

Electronic “Flares” for Cruisers

The United States Coast Guard requires that all boats operating in coastal waters or on the high seas carry a selection of visual distress signals. Almost invariably, such signals include the pyrotechnic type, either handheld or fired from a flare pistol, but surely there are ...read more

M2-HOOK-TOP-AND-CHAIN-1

Gear: M2 Chain Hook from Mantus

Stay Hooked Chain hooks on anchor snubber lines tend to fall off when you least want them to. Not so this latest example from Mantus. The M2 Chain Hook is secured to the chain by a simple elastic strap, so it won’t come off when the snubber loosens. Made from corrosion-resistant ...read more

shutterstock_349918991

Successful Surf Landings with Wheels

“Ready to take the dink ashore?” Never had those words invoked as much anxiety as when my husband, Jeff, and I first moved to the Pacific Coast. Why? Because we had exactly zero experience with dinghy surf landings, and the possibility of being flipped upside down along with our ...read more

Sail2010_597

How to: Find Good Values on Charter Vacations

So, you want to find a great deal on your next charter vacation? Sure, you can scour the internet, hope for Black Friday deals or ask friends. But an even better way to find good prices on charter boats is to go to a boat show. Not only do charter companies like The Moorings, ...read more

leadphoto

Know How: Dinghy Modification

The rigmarole of stretching a cover over a dinghy in choppy water prior to hoisting it on davits can become a very wet business if you’re not careful. Leaning right over either end, trying to stretch a cover over the bow and stern pods can quite easily result in a head-first dip ...read more

25980

Catnapped Aboard a Racing Multihull

It was after midnight when I realized my daysail with Tony Bullimore aboard his giant record-breaking catamaran, Team Legato, was not going to plan. The big cat was en route for a December dash from England across the Bay of Biscay to Barcelona and the start of a drag race ...read more