www.worldcruising.com Organising the ARC 675,000 nautical miles; 250 yachts; 1,250 people and 30 languages! JEREMY WYATT
A look at the infrastructure behind World Cruising Club, organisers of the world’s largest offshore sailing event – the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - and how they go about organizing and supporting their clients, including preparation and typical equipment that is carried onboard the sailing yachts crossing the Atlantic.
WCC Organise Sailing Events Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) ARC Europe Rally Portugal World ARC Caribbean 1500 Cruising Seminars
The ARC – some statistics 1986 - 2009 First ARC was in 1986 4,460 yachts Over 17,000 crew Over 30 nations annually Largest to date 1999: 235 yachts 25th Edition this year: 250 yachts expected
The ARC – some statistics 1986 - 2009 If all the ARC yachts were laid end to end, the line would stretch for over 39 nautical miles or almost halfway around the island of Gran Canaria. In the period, over 17,000 crews aged from babies to almost 80 have taken part.
How Long Does It Take? The ARC Course Record: 200611 days 05:32:30CapricornoMaxi 200311 days 13:12:20SpiritVOR 60 200111 days 23:41:43Spirit of DianaFarr 65 200012 days 18:07:20Multicap CaraibesOpen 50 199813 days 02:58:02Yes!Sydney 60 The Slowest: 198633 days 21hrsDunkersAchilles 24 due to breakages had to hand steer for the last 1,300nm. A Typical Crossing: An ‘average’ cruising yacht will take 19-21 days and can motor as required.
What is a typical ARC yacht? The average ARC yacht in the last 5 years is: 14.2m LOA (45’-46’) 9 years old Monohull: Beneteau Oceanis 46, Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45, or Hallberg Rassy 46 Catamaran: Lagoon 440 Crew: 5 adults Families: 10% of the average boats will have two children onboard
Reaching Our Clients 99% of client enquiries via website Offers news, yacht logs, photos and yacht positions to involve family and friends
Reaching Our Clients Clients can enter and pay online Organise their crew, access event information, get special equipment prices etc via Member’s Area Forums allow sailors to share information, find crew, buy/sell spare equipment.
Reaching Our Clients Supporters can follow yachts via our website
Reaching Our Clients Each year we have over 24 staff on the team for the start of the ARC in Las Palmas Speaking 7 languages!
Working With Sponsors Over 30 Corporate Members plus event and port sponsors around the world.
ARC Equipment Survey Real experiences from 200 yachts each year Typically reviewing equipment used for over 900,000 nautical miles Steering & power; sails; navigation; top 5 items Equipment Rated for: –Reliability –Ease of Use –Value for Money
Electronic Equipment E-mail at sea (via SSB radio or satellite phone) Installed VHF radio (25w) EPIRB (min. 406MHz) Positions tracked via Iridium transponders As organisers, WCC require yachts to have:
Power Generation Onboard 58 fitted wind generators – (17 Rutland) 24 yachts had a water powered (towed) generator onboard (of which 12 were Duogen) 53 yachts fitted with solar panels – ave. 200W 90 yachts had diesel generators: (Onan 23, Fischer Panda 22, Mastervolt 11) 99 yachts used main engine for charging; with an average of 3 hours per day usage.
We asked all ARC 2009 Skippers to list their 5 most important items of equipment onboard The suggestions were wide reaching. Some more unusual responses were: yogurt maker, self- inflating airbed and vodka for killing fish! We ranked all the suggestions by popularity and the top 10 favourite items voted for by ARC 2009 skippers were……………………………..