World Cruising Club (WCC) reports on advance preparations for the 2014-2015 World ARC race, which will again start off in Saint Lucia. World ARC is not to be mistaken with the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers from Las Palmas to Saint Lucia which concludes here in December annually. Saint Lucia, in January serves as the starting point of the World ARC, which is a 15 month circumnavigation rally for sailing boats. Currently we are awaiting the conclusion of the 2012-2013 World ARC.
(23 May 2012, Cowes UK) World Cruising Club is delighted to announce that the World ARC 2014-15 circumnavigation rally is now open for entries.
Within one month of opening the entry list, 17 cruisers have committed to the round-the-world rally with a booking fee, and another 10 are waiting to make payment. This is a fantastic response and suggests that the thirst for sailing adventure is undiminished in these uncertain economic times.
World ARC 2014-15 will be the fourth edition of this popular 15 month circumnavigation rally for sailing boats, and the ninth round-the-world rally organised by World Cruising Club. Around 35 boats are expected to start on 11 January 2014 in Saint Lucia, with others joining in August 2014 in Australia. The rally will conclude in Saint Lucia in April 2015.
From 2014 World ARC will become an annual event, with a start in Saint Lucia every January and Australia every August. This means that boats can sail a half rally, take time out to explore, and then re-join the next edition of the rally.
World ARC 2014-15 Entries
So far, the fleet ranges from Dehler 39 SQ Dignity (GER) to the 35m classic schooner Texel (GBR). The ‘average’ World ARC boat is around 16m (54 feet), and multihulls usually comprise 15% of the fleet. The cruisers themselves tend to range in age from 5 to 75 years, but there is no upper or lower age limit.
World ARC 2012-13 in the Pacific
The current edition of World ARC is sailing the Pacific from Bora Bora to Tonga, and will be arriving in Australia in July. To follow their adventures, see www.worldcruising.com/worldarc2012