World Cruising Club arranges 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 sailing events arranged by the 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 based on the Caribbean with a finish line at various destinations in the USA. The long race ARC around the World takes 18 months to complete.
Every year, about 1,800 people from over 20 different nations take part 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 from work. At the same time, some choose to start a whole new life full of adventure.