Saturday 11th January marked a special day in World ARC history as the 10th edition of World Cruising Club’s round-the-world rally set sail from Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia.
Thirty-three  yachts assembled at IGY Rodney Bay Marina, marking an end to years of planning and the start of an epic 26,000nm circumnavigation, with crews from 23 different countries sailing their own yachts to some of the world’s best cruising grounds.
It is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for the crews to cross the world’s oceans, explore some amazing islands and experience a range of different cultures.
First over the start line was Finnish boat Marja II, a Malo 46 Classic, followed by the Swan 46, Milanto. Tightly grouped together, next over the line was Amel 55 Zarya and Next Step, a Bavaria 46. Despite being a rally not a race, skippers and crews were certainly enthusiastic to cross the start line with the remaining boats quickly following on behind.
In total, 41 boats will sail with the rally in the next 15 months; some sailing the full 26,000 miles, others joining for the Panama Transit, or sailing to Australia before taking a year out to further explore the Pacific.
World ARC sets sail from Saint Lucia every year and so far 33 yachts are set to join the next edition of the rally departing from Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia in January 2021.