Transatlantic ARC 2024

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8 days of boat prep / training, 16-27 days sailing
Availability : 16th November - 21st December 2024
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Rodney Bay, St Lucia
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 10 on Escapado, 12 on Sao Jorge
Race Details

Since November 1986, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has been a main fixture in the sailing diary for over 30 years. As the largest race of its kind, it’s a ‘must do’ for many; registering on the bucket list of experienced sea dogs and unseasoned landlubbers alike.

Better known as ARC, the rally attracts over 200 boats and 1200 people every year, from all over the world. Strangers gather together at Las Palmas on Gran Canaria. Here, they meet their fellow crewmates and become familiar with the boat that will be their home for the next few weeks. They will spend their land-based days preparing themselves with training and safety drills. Then, the first gun will sound and the rally will begin. Sails are unfurled and the boats plow through the waves towards the classic trade wind routes. Elements are battled. Old and new skills are put to the test. All while the boats sail 2700NM across the planet’s second-largest ocean. By the time the boats cruise into the warm waters of St Lucia, life-long friends step off the boats and into the open arms of the welcoming committee. And some well-earned rest and celebration.

Having successfully completed in 2018, 2019, (with 2 boats) 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023,  gaining a podium finish in 2020 and actually winning the racing division in 2022, Sail Racing Academy will again join ARC in the Racing Division. This means no mechanical propulsion; it’s the wind in the sails the whole way! We recognise that for many of our crew on board this is an opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream.  Arc can be the most wonderful of champagne sailing or a challenge to overcome as a team, embracing a whole lot of fun along the way.

We offer a discounted rate to two members of the crew on each boat if you are under the age of 25 by the time the trip starts. Please enquire if you are interested in this offer.

Though Sail Racing Academy is all for everyone enjoying themselves, safety remains our top priority. We require anyone interested in this trip to have a phone conversation with one of our team members to discuss expectations. We also recommend crew members take a sea survival course. 

Departure & Return Location

Unless having arrived with the boat, the crew will meet the boat in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and will disembark in St Lucia, Caribbean.  The nearest airport to Las Palmas is the Gran Canaria Airport which is about a half hour drive to Las Palmas. The Hewanorra International Airport on the island of St Lucia is about 1.5hrs from Rodney Bay, the final destination of the race.

All travel to and from the airports is not covered by the race price.

Departure Time

We will depart Las Palmas on 24th November 2024 with the starting gun.   

Price Includes

  • Race Entry
  • Yacht Charter
  • Accommodation on board (shared cabins)
  • Certified Professional Skipper
  • Basic Training
  • Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)
  • Mooring Fees
  • Insurance for the yacht
  • Lifejacket
  • Personal locating beacon

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Meals offboard
  • Transfers airport-marina-airport
  • Shore based accommodation
  • Wet gear
  • Personal insurance
  • Provisioning (around £120)


  • T-Shirt with your national flag
  • Sail Racing Academy T-Shirt
What to Expect
  • No PassengersAlthough we are happy to provide sight seeing adventures, this experience is an Ocean race. You can expect to be actively involved in sailing the boat, there isn't any rail meat on our boats. Please expect the prep week to be hard work, getting a boat ready to cross an ocean is a huge undertaking, we can't do it without everyone pulling in the same direction, this is also a great opportunity to learn the systems onboard and bond with your fellow crew mates.
  • Racing across an oceanWe love sailing but for us racing adds that extra something special, working as a team, powered only by the wind, through squalls and becalmed weather, this extra challenge makes the arrival into St Lucia all that more rewarding.
  • Professional InstructionOur Skippers are experienced instructors that make every crew member feel welcome and tailor their delivery to the experience and style of the crew
  • Competitive boatAlthough the taking part is often fun, we believe the full experience comes from pushing ourselves to the max and competing with other boats on the water with a view to win
  • High safety standardsMaintaining and equipping a yacht to a high standard is not an easy task. No expense is spared in ensuring the best equipment is selected and repairs are undertaken quickly and proficiently.

We’ve been racing Escapado since 2018, over the years we’ve optimised her to be safer and more competitive, she has a great sail wardrobe and is competitive. She won ARC racing division in 2022.

Sao Jorge joined our fleet in 2021, she is coded to Cat 0 (Can legally sail anywhere in the world) she meets the highest British yachting safety standards and carries the highest level of safety equipment, she’s not as competitive as Escapado having a smaller sail wardrobe and shallower keel, however, she is an excellent boat to learn on being incredibly stable, spacious and comfortable. She won the round Barbados race in 2022.

Sao Jorge

Days 1-4 - 16th-19th Nov 2024Sea Survival Course

We’re considering adding a two day Sea Survival course to the preparation and training days. It will be incredibly beneficial for the crew to learn and practice safety procedures together, and this will help us with ARC’s minimum requirement of certified crew members. Stay tuned for the official confirmation

Days 5-8 - 20th-23rd Nov 2024Boat Preparation & Training

Arrival. You will then have 4 days of boat preparation, seminars, training, and familiarisation of the boat and your fellow crewmates. There are usually plenty of opportunities to join in the local social activities put on by ARC to make new friends and get to know the competition during this time. Please bear in mind that all the boats on the dock will be taking part in the same activity of repairs, last-minute enhancements, provisioning, and tweaks and we are no different so please expect the first few days to be hard work.

Day 9 - 24th Nov 2024Official start to the ARC

12:45hrs start gun. The ARC begins. 

This is a great opportunity to gain considerable miles towards qualifying for the RYA Yachtmaster Qualification.

Day 35 - 20th Dec 2024Official end of the race

At 12:00hrs, the finishing line to the race closes. This gives all of the boats an amble 27 days to cross the Atlantic.

Day 36 - 21st Dec 2024Prize Giving Ceremony

A time of parties and celebrations.


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Indie Beighton

Solo Traveller

Had the trip of a lifetime on the Atlantic crossing east-west! Though it may not have always been smooth sailing so to speak, the highs and lows are what made the experience such a special one. Even before I arrived in las palmas the sail racing academy team were incredible at answering any and all questions and qualms I had (many thanks to Anne!) as well as the expert knowledge of James and Andy who helped to prep Escapado before we set off. Germaine was an incredible skipper, cool as a cucumber no matter what and could always bring a smile to your face. Couldn’t be more thankful to the people of SRA for making this a totally unforgettable experience – Im sure I will be back! 


Alex Bazalgette

Solo Traveller

There are too many standout moments from this trip to count. I had a monumental and inspiring trip that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Massive thanks to Germaine, Andy and James for all their hard work to help get us out of Gran Canaria, and I will certainly be returning to Sail Racing Academy in the future! I have learned so much from the last two months and they have cemented sailing as something I would love to pursue further.


Dariy Antonyuk

Solo Traveller

Favourite Part: Racing spirit


ralph abercromby

Solo Traveller

just a note to say how much I enjoyed the ARC this year on Escapado.
No spare space on board given crew numbers, food and water but we all got on really well together………with a common purpose of completing under sail.
Angela was a very effective skipper ensuring high levels of safety throughout and making good calls when it came to weather routing.
Not sure we would have completed were it not for Sam (First mate). His can do, enthusiastic, Mr ‘DIY’ approach dug us out of several holes, most specifically the problem with the spinnaker pole. When that broke after only a few hours thought our racing days were over and when I saw his fiberglassing was not anticipating a great outcome……..instead, within a few days had pole back up and it survived near on 3 weeks of symmetric and goose winging. Nice to see that we won the race

Had a great time during the ARC…..before, during and after the sailing Look forward to sailing with you again


Vadim Belkevich

Solo Traveller
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