Sailors on the ARC+ route of the 2019 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers have marked the end of their Atlantic adventure that began in Gran Canaria some six weeks ago.
The ARC+ route took sailors from the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 10 November to Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands for the first leg of the crossing. Blessed with great winds and a quick trip for the first 865nm passage south, they spent 4-5 days exploring, before restarting for the big stage across the Atlantic on 21 November.
From the Cape Verde, 69 yachts made Saint Lucia their destination with over 320 crew sailing the 2150nm course to Rodney Bay.
The first arrival, Minimole, was welcomed to IGY Rodney Bay Marina on Tuesday 3 December, and ever since the docks have been filled with rapturous welcomes for the arriving sailors. From groups of friends, parents sailing with children, full time liveaboards and amateur adventurers, the crews on this year’s rally represented all walks of life, 24 nationalities, and participants of all ages.
The ambience at the prize-giving reflected a large family party, everyone knowing each other so well within the fleet and an ocean crossing community well and truly established.