Seventeen yachts arrived in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, for the official finish of World ARC 2008/09 having cruised 23,000 miles round the world.
Since leaving St.Lucia at the start of the rally, the World ARC yachts have visited 16 countries and several off-lying dependencies, 33 official stop-over ports and many more islands and anchorages around the globe. Crews have benefited from the safety net and camaraderie of the rally on open ocean crossings, whilst being able to independently explore some of the world’s best cruising areas.
The next World ARC will set sail from St.Lucia in January 2010 and already has 33 yachts from 12 nations entered. World ARC 2010 will follow a similar route to 2008, circumnavigating via Panama, Australia, South Africa and Brazil, avoiding South East Asia and the dangerous Red Sea region.
Routing and weather advice is provided for yachts at sea and daily positions are tracked via the rally website. World ARC yachts are also eligible for free entry in World Cruising Club’s ARC and ARC Europe transatlantic rallies for those wishing to start and finish in Europe.World ARC is open to monohulls with a minimum LOA of 40ft [12.19m], and multihulls between 40ft [12.19m] and 60ft [18.29m].