Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is known as the ARC and is run by the World Cruising Club (WCC). It supports cruising and racing yachts travelling across the Atlantic. Support includes seminars covering such topics as safety and weather, social events at both ends and a communications network using satellite and or SSB Long Range Radio.
Maria, Lloyd's new wife but long term girlfriend was born in Las Palmas although educated in England so both came out to help with the transit from Puerto Mogan in the South to Las Palmas in the North. It was invaluable having a Spanish speaker for Pat organising stores and Lloyd helped complete the vital communications preparations and as a dive Instructor we purchased the dive kit needed for my training later in the Caribbean.
When they left Craig and Pam, friends from Rally Portugal joined as our crew for the Atlantic, Murray joined us also to assist with the Yacht and rig preparation for the week before we left.
We left Las Palmas and had a fast trip across the Atlantic in 16 days coming 2nd in class out of 17 which was unexpected. But more importantly we all enjoyed the time at sea - a lot.
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ARC Start at Las Palmas