CSSN Welcomes the ARC and ARC+ 2016 rally participants to the Caribbean
The first Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) rally participants arrived in the Caribbean in 1986, and 2016 celebrates the 30th year of this popular cruising rally. This year the World Cruising Club organized 2 separate fleets which recently crossed the Atlantic making landfall in Rodney Bay St. Lucia. The ARC+ fleet departed Gran Canaria for an 850 nm trip to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde, and after a stopover, continued the additional 2100 nm to St Lucia. The ARC fleet departed Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, several days after the Cape Verde departure, for the 2700 nm voyage to St. Lucia.
Notably, this year the first arrival in Rodney Bay was an ARC fleet racer, setting a new record. Rambler 88 recorded a time of only 8d 6h 29m 15s, 1 h 10m 15s faster than the prior record, set last year. This is the 4th consecutive year that the ARC racing division record has been reset. The majority of the ARC+ fleet arrived first in St. Lucia. Both groups held festive prize giving ceremonies, recognizing boats in all racing and cruising divisions as well as other special achievements. You can review the detailed results of both rallies on the WCC website (link here).
Those completing the Atlantic crossing to Rodney Bay in the two combined fleets included 272 boats and 1669 people from 48 different nations, the youngest participant only 18 months and the oldest 80 years.
CSSN congratulates all participants on their achievement and hopes all will enjoy safe cruising in the Caribbean. CSSN encourages those who are new to the Caribbean, and those who are returning to utilize the many resources made available at the CSSN website www.safetyandsecuritynet.org . Check out our helpful FAQ to get a quick overview, or use our powerful Search function to locate specific information of interest quickly, drill down on the details of the HOTSpots info graphic and don’t’ forget to sign up for (free) ALERTS, stay well informed and Know Before You Go !
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