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35th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ready to go

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: With just one week to go until the start of the 35th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, almost all of the boats have arrived in Las Palmas and preparations continue in the final week before the start on Sunday 22 November.

The pre-departure programme in Gran Canaria has been adapted this year to see the popular ARC seminars move online covering a myriad of topics for cruising sailors to assist with their final preparations. Focusing on the safety of the crews, a live demonstration of an air-sea rescue was staged off the marina on Thursday. The ARC safety team have been busy around the docks, visiting every boat and running through the safety equipment and boat checks as part of the requirement for entering the rally.

Although the bulk of the fleet, including the 13 family boats, sail across in the cruising division which allows engines to be used and an element of fun competition, five boats will race over to Saint Lucia under IRC Ratings. These include the largest yacht in the fleet at 27m, Nordsee 88, Songbird of London.

Competitive skippers, including JP Dick on The Kid and Peter Perenyi on Cassiopeia 68, will be keeping the current record of 8 days 6 hours set by Rambler 88 in 2016, in mind. The multihulls have also come marching in the ARC 2020, with 18 catamarans lining up, half of which are new builds in 2020, putting their first ocean miles under their keels this year. Of the 60 boats taking part, the German Pogo 30 Yuna at 9.14m is the smallest (pictured above).

Although the bulk of the fleet, including the 13 family boats, sail across in the cruising division which allows engines to be used and an element of fun competition, five boats will race over to Saint Lucia under IRC Ratings. These include the largest yacht in the fleet at 27m, Nordsee 88, Songbird of London. Competitive skippers, including JP Dick on The Kid and Peter Perenyi on Cassiopeia 68, will be keeping the current record of 8 days 6 hours set by Rambler 88 in 2016, in mind. The multihulls have also come marching in the ARC 2020, with 18 catamarans lining up, half of which are new builds in 2020, putting their first ocean miles under their keels this year. Of the 60 boats taking part, the German Pogo 30 Yuna at 9.14m is the smallest.

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