World Cruising Club’s transatlantic sailing rally ARC Europe fleet has crossed the start line just off Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola.
The ARC Europe route takes the yachts a total of some 3,625 miles eastwards across the Atlantic Ocean from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, to their final destination of Lagos in southern Portugal, stopping in Bermuda and the Azores along the way.
Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola was the starting port for ARC Europe for the second year, although the rally has been taking place for over twenty years.
Also starting out for Bermuda yesterday were a contingent from St.Augustine, Florida, where the yacht crews have been hosted by the St.Augustine Yacht Club. The St.Augustine starters “Alma de Sal” and “Fizz of Cowes” will have a similar distance to cover to reach Bermuda where they will meet up with the rest of the fleet before continuing their passage towards the Azores.