Please select your home edition
Edition
Raymarine 2021 Element S - LEADERBOARD

27th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - RORC Racing Division start

by Rachel Hibberd 25 Nov 2012 20:38 GMT 25 November 2012
The RORC Racing Division of the 27th ARC departed Las Palmas © WCC / www.Jamesmitchell.eu

Race boats start, cruisers remain in port

The RORC Racing Division of the 27th ARC departed Las Palmas today in a fresh south westerly wind. The low pressure system that has kept the cruising boats in port until Tuesday provided an interesting start with big localised wind shifts.

For the first time since 1989 the Cruising Division start of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has been delayed. A low pressure weather system is predicted to bring strong winds south of Gran Canaria on Sunday night. The organisers, World Cruising Club, made the decision to offer two starts; one on Sunday 25 November as planned, and a second start on Tuesday 27 once winds have moderated.

34 boats elected to start today - 27 Racing Division boats and seven of the larger Cruising Division boats. The remaining 193 boats will start on Tuesday morning.

RORC Racing Divisions

27 of the RORC Racing Division started at 1230 UTC today. Localised light southerly winds shifted to northerly after the start, enabling boats to hoist spinnakers. First across the line was Lupi (NOR), followed by Persephone (GBR) then Berenice (ITA). Winds have now settled to 10-15 knots south westerly.

The race fleet contains some potentially fast boats and crews, including Pogo 50 Surfing Petrel (FRA), JP52 The Kid (FRA), Akilaraia 40 Vaquita (AUT), JV 52 Haspa Hamburg (GER) and Swan 80 Berenice (ITA).

The race boat navigators will have some tactical decisions to make to guide the yachts through the rough seas and the wind acceleration zone south of the Canary Islands before deciding whether to head south to the tradewinds, or stay north in stronger winds.

With the right weather, one of the race boats could break the ARC crossing record of 11 days and 5 hours, set in 2006 by maxi Capricorno (ITA).

Follow the ARC fleet online at www.worldcruising.com/arc/fleetviewer

Cruising Division

Seven cruising boats have started with the race fleet, and the remaining 193 boats are waiting for the second start on Tuesday.

First cruising boat across the line was Spock (GER), then Guardian Angel (GBR) followed by Marisol (Finland).

Weather Outlook

ARC meteorologist Chris Tibbs predicts that the deepening low pressure system to the north of the Canary Islands will bring force 4 to 5 south to south westerly winds with a big swell today (Sunday), and a cold front will pass to the south of the island tonight.

The front will bring squalls and heavy rain at a time when the boats will be in the wind acceleration zone to the south of the islands, increasing the likelihood of winds exceeding 25 knots through the night.

As the weather system drifts south, winds will moderate with calms predicted for Monday night. By Tuesday a moderate to strong north easterly wind will bring a downwind start for the Cruising Division boats.

Safety at Sea

Safety is a central tenet of the ARC, and all boats are inspected in Las Palmas to ensure that they have a suitable level of safety equipment onboard and ready to be used. The list of equipment is based upon the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) standards used for offshore races.

In addition, all RORC Racing Division boats must meet the stringent stability and construction standards for a Category 1 ocean race.

Arrival in Saint Lucia

The first race boats are expected to arrive in Saint Lucia around 7 December, but the majority of the fleet will take around 18 days to make the 2700 nautical mile voyage to Saint Lucia.

Whatever time they make landfall, every boat will be met at the dock by Saint Lucia Tourism and World Cruising Club staff bearing a welcome rum punch and cold drinks. There is a full schedule of events in Rodney Bay for all ARC crews and their friends and families, culminating in the ARC prize giving on 21 December.

Related Articles

Leopard breaks ARC Atlantic Race record
Crossing the finish line off Rodney Bay today Mike Slade's canting keel 100ft Maxi, Leopard took Line Honours for the 2014 ARC Race (IRC Racing Division) crossing the finish line off Rodney Bay, St.Lucia on 3 December at 01:09:51 UTC. Posted on 3 Dec 2014
ARC Portugal 2013 Start
17 yachts depart from Plymouth There was bright sunshine over Plymouth Sound as the crews of 17 yachts taking part in World Cruising Clubs ARC Portugal departed Mayflower Marina for the first leg of their sail south. Posted on 3 Jun 2013
ARC Europe & Atlantic Cup underway
37 yachts set off from Nanny Cay, Tortola Thirty yachts hailing from twelve different nations have left the Caribbean with the ARC Europe and Atlantic Cup sailing rallies for a cruise home in company with expert support and organisation from World Cruising Club. Posted on 9 May 2013
ARC announces second start date
Stopover in Cape Verdes for 2013 rally Demand from sailors world-wide for spaces in the 2013 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC 2013) has been unprecedented. The thirty extra boat slips recently installed by the Las Palmas Port Authority has enabled the ARC to grow to a maximum of 245 yachts. Posted on 7 May 2013
World ARC 2012-13 ends in Saint Lucia
26,000 nautical miles, 3 oceans and over 17 countries Fifteen months ago, the World ARC 2012-13 fleet set out from Saint Lucia to sail around the world. Amongst the crews were many nationalities, backgrounds and reasons for taking part. Posted on 16 Apr 2013
2013 set to be the biggest year ever
Extra pontoon spaces for ARC boats in Las Palmas World Cruising Club are pleased to announce that the Port of Las Palmas have confirmed an additional 40 pontoon spaces will be available in Las Palmas marina for yachts joining ARC 2013. Posted on 31 Jan 2013
World ARC 2012/2013 departs Cape Town
For final stages of their circumnavigation After spending the festive season cruising South Africa, the 2012/13 World ARC leaves Cape Town for the final stages of their circumnavigation. Posted on 8 Jan 2013
ARC 2012 draws to a close
Prize winners announced at spectacular ceremony The 27th ARC came to a rousing conclusion last night with a spectacular prizegiving ceremony at the Gaiety Nightclub in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia. Posted on 23 Dec 2012
40 foot boat is first arrival
In ARC 2012 after 12 day crossing After a journey of over 3,300 nautical mails Class 40 Vaquita has taken line honours at the ARC 2012, having sailed from Gran Canaria in just over 12 days; a truly magnificent performance for a 40 footer. Posted on 7 Dec 2012
27th ARC cuising boats start
226 boats now en route to Saint Lucia After two extra nights in Las Palmas, ARC 2012 cruising boats finally set sail to join the racing division boats already at sea en route to Saint Lucia. A total of 226 boats and 1269 people are now participating in the 27th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. Posted on 27 Nov 2012