Sail across the Atlantic with More Sailing

Sail across the Atlantic

Price per person: SEK 48,000
November 13 to December 19, 2021

Sailing across the Atlantic is an adventure that many dream of. It does not have to be just a dream, sail across the Atlantic with More Sailing without having to own your own boat or take responsibility for an entire crew. Sail across the Atlantic with us and be part of an experience you will soon forget. You can feel safe because there is both a responsible skipper and an assistant skipper on board. We sail across the Atlantic during November-December every year, when the conditions for Atlantic sailing are at their best.

Movie from ARC 2018 made by traveler:

Do you dream of sailing across the Atlantic?

Take the chance to realize the dream of sailing across the Atlantic with More Sailing. Every year we sail across several sailboats to the Caribbean. We offer a carefree way to realize the dream of sailing across the Atlantic. This is because all boats we sail over have a responsible skipper and also an assistant skipper on board. Book everything from a place on board up to a whole boat if you are a larger party. You can thus sail across the Atlantic without owning your own boat. You also do not have to be responsible for all planning and all preparations for sailing.

We sail across the Atlantic during the ARC

We participate in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, also known as ARC. ARC is a friendly racing or squadron sailing across the Atlantic. Every year, between 200 and 300 boats participate in the ARC, among them there are both family sailors and racing sailors. The start of ARC takes place from Gran Canaria at the end of November every year. All boats are then reunited on the other side of the Atlantic, namely on the island of St. Lucia. The ARC sailing ends with an award ceremony and party at St. Lucia just before Christmas.

One week before you leave Gran Canaria, the entire crew that will sail together gathers. The ARC event begins with an inauguration and is then followed during the week by both lectures and festivities. During this week you will meet expectant sailors from all over the world. On board the boat, you will of course also get to know each other and the boat, at the same time as you all together prepare, buy and prepare all the food for the voyage. During the week in Las Palmas, you also train maneuvers and test sail the boat together.

How long does it take to sail across the Atlantic?

It is difficult to say how long it will take to sail across the Atlantic. Which is perhaps also part of the thrill of the Atlantic adventure. The fact that the length of the sail can vary is partly due to the fact that the weather conditions differ from year to year. The length of the voyage is also affected by the objectives and conditions of the crew on board. In previous years we have sailed across the Atlantic, the sailing has usually taken between two to three weeks to complete.

From the time the inauguration takes place in Gran Canaria until the award ceremony takes place in St. Lucia, it is five weeks. You have accommodation on the boat at all times. You spend the first week in Las Palmas preparing. After crossing the Atlantic, spend the last time celebrating and recovering at St. Lucia. After five weeks of adventure, you can proudly stroll around in a pair of red trousers (it is said that only those who have crossed the Atlantic are allowed to wear red trousers).

Sailing across the Atlantic

During the sailing, everyone on board takes turns to watch, sail and cook. Therefore, it is required that you have documented nautical competence to sail with us across the Atlantic. You also need a practical habit to navigate and be on board a boat.

That you are open, social and enjoy meeting new people is of course a prerequisite as you get to meet a lot of new people and that you live close together on board. On board the boat, you will be divided into guard teams of two to three people who sail and cook together. Each cabin has two people, but you can book an entire cabin for yourself at an extra cost.

Safety during an Atlantic voyage

The boats are equipped with the safety equipment required to sail across the Atlantic. The high level of safety equipment is determined by the ARC organizers. The boats are inspected during and before departure from Las Palmas. There is satellite connection on board for limited use of internet and telephony.

DATE ARC 2021
Inauguration – 14 November
Start – 21 november
Award ceremony – 18 December

THIS IS INCLUDED
– Part of a cabin on a boat equipped for Atlantic sailing
– Responsible skipper & amp; assistant skipper
– Registration fees for ARC
– Preparatory information meetings

THIS IS ADDED
– Costs for personal equipment
– Flights to Gran Canaria & amp; from St. Lucia
– Transfer costs to & amp; from airports
– Part of the shipping fund established
for food costs for the sailing

ATLANTIC RALLY FOR CRUISERS
ARC FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
BEFORE ARC
TRAVEL TERMS
ATLANTIC RALLY FOR CRUISERS

World Cruising Club hosts ARC

The World Cruising Club is the organizer of the ARC. They organize various forms of sailing events around the world. But are perhaps best known for the event across the Atlantic. The arrangements have been designed for “average” cruising boats and crews who want to do long-distance sailing. The World Cruising Club makes it possible for several boats and crews to complete the voyages together. This creates a great community and security for everyone who participates, while at the same time enabling people to realize their dream of a longer sea voyage.

Jimmy Cornell founded the World Cruising Club in 1986 as a result of the success of the very first ARC event. Since Jimmy’s retirement in 1998, the company has been run by Andrew Bishop.

Other Cruises Club World Cruising Club

World Cruising Club also arranges other sailing trips in addition to Atlantic sailing. Among other things, ARC Europe, which runs from Tortula via Bermuda and the Azores to Lagos in Portugal. Then there is also ARC USA, which is several different sailing races starting from the Caribbean with a finish line at various destinations in the USA. The long run ARC around the World takes 18 months to complete.

Every year, about 1,800 people from over 20 different nations participate in one of the World Cruising Clubs rallies. The ages of the participants vary, ranging from small children up to ages over 80 years. Some do their first long-distance sailing while others repeat a favorite adventure. Some of the participants come to enjoy their pension while others take a sabbatical year from work. At the same time, some choose to start a whole new life full of adventure.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about ARC

What does it take for me as a participant to sail across the Atlantic?

As a participant, you need to have a good sailing experience so that you have an idea of ​​what a longer sailing means. As it is required that everyone on board participates in all activities such as sailing and cooking, you need to have good sailing skills. Equally important is that you have a good physique as it is a demanding sailing. On board the boat there is a well-trained skipper and assistant skipper, they will go through the boat and the technical pieces so that everyone will feel safe driving the boat. Finally, it is important that you are open-minded, you should live close to other people with different backgrounds for several weeks.

What clothes should I wear to sail across the Atlantic?

When sailing across the Atlantic, be prepared for large variations in temperature. Initially, the temperatures are usually 20 degrees during the day and 15 degrees at night. Add to that the fact that the wind tends to be very strong. All these parameters will make it feel much colder than it really is. Therefore, prepare with clothes for temperatures down to 5-10 degrees.

As you sail south, the temperature also rises. Eventually, swimwear will feel like the most appropriate. We recommend that you wear a pair of shoes with a light sole and sandals on your feet. Boots can also be good to have if you have the opportunity to take them with you.

To protect your head from the strong sun, it is recommended to bring a cap. During the colder nights, a hat is preferable. especially during the day. During the Atlantic sailing, the hands wear hard, so a pair of comfortable sailing gloves is recommended. Also remember that the sun is very intense at sea and that you can easily burn yourself. You should therefore have a sun protection factor with a high factor. We also recommend a pair of sunglasses with polaroid properties as it shines a lot on the sea. Feel free to bring two pairs as it can be annoying if you lose the only pair of glasses you have with you.

Am I going to get seasick?

Seasickness can affect anyone, even the most experienced. Therefore, be sure to bring your own stock of seasickness preparations. There are many different forms of preparations, pills in different strengths, patches, chewing gum and bracelets that can relieve seasickness.

Worth emphasizing is the fact that seasickness is not a symptom in itself but a result of several different factors. The most common factors are dehydration, lack of energy and sleep disorders. Therefore, fluid replacement is good to bring. You do not have to worry about food, it will of course be on board. But a few packets of glucose can come in handy. To cope with sleep, earplugs and eye masks are recommended.

How long will I be gone?

It is not possible to say how long it will take to sail across the Atlantic. This is primarily controlled by, among other things, weather and wind. But expect the whole adventure to take about five weeks. About a week is spent on site in Las Palmas to prepare for the voyage.

The sailing takes in most cases between two to three weeks. You can spend the remaining time in the Caribbean after sailing. There you can also celebrate the sailing. You have accommodation on board the boat from the day the inauguration of the ARC takes place in Las Palmas until the day after the award ceremony. In between, it’s five weeks.

What is the security around the event?

In order for the boat to participate in ARC </ a> it is required that the boat meets the requirements set by the World Cruising Club. The skipper is responsible for ensuring that the boat meets the requirements. What the participant must undertake to have is the personal equipment:

The participant must have a personal life jacket and the life jacket must be equipped with:

  • Grenband
  • Sprayhood
  • Safety line with safety carbine at both ends, 3 hooks
  • Reflexer
  • Whistle
  • Lamp
  • Have participant name and boat name
  • Spare Kit with Cartridge

A technical equipment item that the participant can procure himself is personal search equipment. There are two different personal transmitters, namely PLB which transmits via satellite and MOB which transmits via AIS / RADAR transmitter. This type of equipment is not a requirement but it is recommended to have. Other equipment that is good to wear on your life jacket is a knife or multi-tool. A small flashlight and a headlamp with red light are also preferred.

What is shipping?

All participants on board the boat put money in a ship’s coffers. It is intended to cover expenditure on food and household items. The shipping fund is usually around 300 euros per person. The skippers are outside the ship’s coffers.

BEFORE ARC

Before sailing across the Atlantic

You as a participant need to review your sailing wardrobe to begin with. You should check that functional clothing and equipment are in good condition. Another thing you should keep in mind is that the boats have limited communication options. You therefore need to make sure to inform loved ones that you will not be available during the time it takes to sail.

Preliminary Hits

Before leaving for Las Palmas, we arrange preparatory meetings at More Sailing’s office in Gothenburg. The meetings are not mandatory, but we recommend that you attend these. If you do not have the opportunity to participate physically, you can participate via the link. During the preparatory meetings, the crew will have the opportunity to get to know each other and get help with ordering the necessary equipment.

Pass

You must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of return.

Allergies or personal impairments

If you have any allergies or physical obstacles, it is important that it appears to the rest of the crew This is because everyone should know how they should help if a situation should arise .

Valuables

For security reasons, we recommend that you make copies of passports, bank cards, airline tickets and other important paperwork. It is always good to have a copy of these documents both in your bag and at home in Sweden.

Travel Insurance

You need to review your travel insurance and ensure you have full protection. It is also possible to take out both travel insurance and cancellation insurance via More Sailing.

Location in Las Palmas

Preparations in Las Palmas begin with an inauguration ceremony. Only participating boats and crews are invited. The inauguration then ends with a solemn flag raising of all participating country flags.

After the inauguration, the preparations begin. First, the boat must be completed and stowed, the food must be purchased, prepared and cooked and much more. During the week, the crew will sail together and train different maneuvers before the actual sailing. During the week, the World Cruising Club also holds lectures on various topics. Some of these include weather conditions, sailing trim and medical care. These are usually much appreciated by the crews.

TRAVEL TERMS

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Contact Patrik Axhall
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