Anniversary Atlantic waltz

The 25th edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has signed up its 150th entrant already and it doesn’t start until November!Due to space restrictions in Las Palmas marina at the start of the rally, ARC 2010 currently has an upper limit of 215 yachts, which is likely to be reached in April.
Commenting on the popularity of the ARC, director of World Cruising Club, Andrew Bishop, said: “The ARC is special and for many cruising sailors it is the “must-do” event on their cruising calendar, whilst for others it provides the inspiration they need to help them achieve their ambitions to set off bluewater cruising.”
The 25th edition of the rally has also created significant interest, with a number of skippers who sailed in the first ARC already entered to sail in the 25th. Moonshadow, a Deerfoot 62, one of the original ARC 1986 yachts will also be back in 2010, though with a different owner, American sailor George Backhus.
An Ocean Cruising Seminar is set for early March. It covers a wide range of subjects associated with the planning and preparation required for an Atlantic Circuit or round the world voyage. Lecturers have been chosen for their wealth of knowledge in their specialist fields. Special emphasis will be on the ARC and World ARC and what to expect in terms of weather and equipment issues.
Entries are still being accepted for World Cruising Club’s summer events; Rally Portugal, a trans-Biscay cruising rally held in June, and ARC Europe, the ‘return ARC’ which crosses from Tortola via Bermuda and the Azores in May.