Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, or the ARC, is a true blue water classic. It’s the easy way to the Caribbean combined with a seriously fun off water scene. It’s the perfect setting if you are looking for an interesting and safe way to cross an ocean without getting involved in the crazy part of doing so. That said, an ocean is always and ocean and lots tend to happen on board yachts going across every year.
Cruising or Racing
This is our fourth ARC with Eira and the previous trips have taught us several good lessons. We are going to be 8 – 9 persons on the boat (two professionals) and our aim in the race will be discussed and established among the crew prior to start. At the moment we are announced in the cruising division, which i think is clever since you can motor out of a situation with long calms without abandoning race. If we feel like it we can always switch over to racing division in case the crew have the appetite for it. This decision has to be made well before start. We have previously done two racing and one cruising division ARC:s.
This one correlates with the previous text. Our future in the race will be decided by the level of competence and skills on the boat as well as skippers and mates ability to forge a well oiled unit of us. We have no actual formal requirements for crew but we expect you to have been on a boat before and carry some basic sailing skills. The one thing to look out for is your possible leaning towards motion sickness, or seasickness, as we call it. If you, for example, get car sick it would be a clear indication that this might not be a trip for you. Most of us get seasick or have feelings of nausea at some point when at sea and that is nothing to worry about, but if the option is to be ill for the whole trip or stay ashore the latter would be advisable. If you already have experience we can easily allow you more responsibility and find tasks that suite your level of knowledge and skills.
The setup on the boat is a normal crew situation where all will be involved in running of the boat. This concerns all aspects and we will also give people special tasks depending on their appetite for learning or based on their experience. Such roles could be navigator and weather analyst, radio and communication or maybe watch leader. We can also rotate roles if there is a wish for it.
Provisioning is done on the spot and everyone has a saying on the content of our purchases. Our aim is to point as high as it goes concerning meals on the race since we feel it is an important part of the trip. We usually house several different nationalities and it usually contributes for quite a mix of different dishes.
Skipper & Mate
The skipper and the mate are both experienced sailors carrying the necessary tickets. The boat is a robust Swan 51 carrying all necessary equipment for the trip. The skipper has done 8 previous ocean crossings with her and knows the boat inside out. The mate has sailed on the Atlantic and several racing events on Eira and is considered a very reliable and competent person.
The race is still to be announced but usually the start is the last sunday of November from Las Palmas De Gran Canaria. The boat will be placed in Marina Muelle Deportivo marina a week before start when you are welcome to drop in when you want. The idea is to give everyone a possibility to suck up all the interesting pre – race vibes and maybe attend some of the courses organized by the ARC officials. We are also happy to receive some help during provisioning and of course it would be beneficiary for crew to get to know the boat as well as each other before the race. The same concerns on arrival to St Lucia. We can not give any exact date for arrival but our previous crossings have lasted between 15 and 20 days and we are expecting this one to fall somewhere in that bracket as well. You are free to stay or use the boat as base a week after arrival.
The complete sailing fee for the whole event is 4500€ per person divided into a 30% joining fee and the rest of the balance due in end of May 2021.
The sailing fee includes:
– Participation fee for race
– All personal safety gear + foul weather gear
– Full board on the boat
– Events housed by the ARC organisation included in the boat participation fee
– Boat + crew of two
– Bed and linen + towel
– Boat insurance
Not included is the flights + other transportation to and from destination, personal insurance and what each spends ashore.