We arrived in Las Palmas on Monday afternoon, and by Wednesday afternoon most of the 240 yachts taking part in the ARC were fitted with a Yellowbrick. The yachts will all leave on Sunday lunchtime, headed for the Caribbean.
The ARC is an annual transatlantic rally starting each November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and has now become the most popular way to cross the Atlantic. The largest transocean sailing event in the world, every year the ARC brings together over 200 yachts from all over the world. The Caribbean destination is Rodney Bay in St.Lucia, one of the most beautiful islands in the Lesser Antilles. The 2700 nautical mile passage on the NE tradewind route takes on average between 14 and 21 days.
Conceived as a friendly race for cruising yachts to make the Atlantic crossing both safer and more enjoyable, participating yachts must carry a range of safety equipment including a liferaft, EPIRB and VHF radio. A Yellowbrick is now part of the standard equipment list, and is provided by the event organisers for every single yacht.
The ARC has a special flavour, which successfully combines racers with cruisers, old with young, and provides entertainment for all. A wide ranging programme of entertainment takes place both before the start and after the finish. The ARC enjoys the support of the Tourist Authority of Gran Canaria, the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Rol Nautic and the St.Lucia Board of Tourism.
The Yellowbricks will be transmitting a position, course and speed every 6 hours (at midnight, 6am, midday and 6pm). To learn more about the ARC, or to see the Fleet Viewer go to http://www.worldcruising.com/arc
To see the fleet viewer directly, please go to http://live.adventuretracking.com/arc2010
To see the leaderboard (which obviously won’t make interesting reading until they start on Sunday!), please go to http://live.adventuretracking.com/Leaderboard/arc2010
You may also be interested in our previous blog entry, about how we prepare for an event of this size