Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)

£3,750 per person

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At least 14 nights

Book your berth on the Beneteau First 40 Carbon Edition for a transatlantic yacht race between the Canary Islands and the Caribbean. Adrenaline, adventure and amazing seascapes are guaranteed and – as you might expect – previous sailing experience is a must . But so is the trip…

Trip Start: 25 November 2018

Trip End: Between 10 – 15 December 2018

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Vessel Type

Beneteau First 40 Carbon Edition

Vessel Length

40 feet




Shared double cabins


Deposit and cancellation:

£500 deposit required. Non refundable.

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  • A place on the Beneteau First 40 Carbon Edition
  • Professional Skipper and First Mate
  • Team T-Shirt
  • Food, fuel, race entry and mooring fees
  • Wet weather gear


  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel to or from the boats

Practical Info

  • Some sailing experience is required.
  • A good level of fitness recommended.


Pre-race requirements

The following is required to take part:

RYA Sea Survival

RYA First Aid

ISAF/Heavy Weather

Ideally have sailed with the sea school previously

Delivery legs

The school is running the following delivery legs on the way down to the ARC. It is recommended that participants join one or more of these legs to get comfortable with the boat and to get to know the crew. Please note that dates are provisional:

Leg 1: Ipswich, UK to Falmouth, UK (7 days) – 7th – 14th October

Leg 2: Falmouth, UK to A Coruña, Spain(7 days) – 14th – 21st October

Leg 3: A Coruña to Faro, Portugal (7 days) – 22nd October – 28th October

Leg 4: Faro, Portugal to Las Palmas (7 days) – 29th October – 5th Novmeber

Delivery Legs – £895 each

Please enquire for more details on delivery legs.

No alcohol on the boat.

Travel to and from the boat not included.


Getting there

Fly to Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Getting back

Fly back from St Lucia

Travel assistance

Need help booking travel and accommodation for your trip? We have teamed up with STA Travel. Their experts will assist you with all your travel requirements. Please enquire when booking.


Race Start: 25th November 2018, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Race Finish: mid-December 2018, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Race across the Atlantic Ocean on a Beneteau First 40 Carbon Edition.

The iconic Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) starts in Gran Canaria and finishes in Saint Lucia. In November, around 250 yachts will set sail from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria to participate in the world-renowned ARC. This is the biggest trans-ocean sailing event in the world and we are joined up for the racing division on board the year-old Beneteau First 40 Carbon Edition.

The ARC takes you across 2,700 miles of the Atlantic Ocean on the trade wind route intended to give optimum exciting downwind sailing. It is one of the most civilised yet exciting ways of crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

It is an aspiration of most sailors – leaving the winter weather behind them in the UK to sail non-stop through the tropics. It is sure to be a very memorable moment of your life!

We are also offering the delivery passages from Ipswich, UK to Gran Canaria over three legs.


Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit


Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, one

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone


Sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife


Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require


Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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