This annual transatlantic rally starting each November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has now become the most popular way to cross the Atlantic. The largest transocean sailing event in the world, every year the ARC brings together over 200 yachts from all over the world. The Caribbean destination is Rodney Bay in St.Lucia, one of the most beautiful islands in the Lesser Antilles. The 2700 nautical mile passage on the NE tradewind route takes on average between 14 and 21 days.
This years event was the 25th with 205 entries of which 19 were Jeanneau’s. Winner of Class A was a 54DS “Derbisolar” and 2nd was the new Jeanneau 57 “Piligrim” which was the only yacht in that class to finish inside 9 days! In fact it finished only 3 hours behind a Swan 62RS which was in another class.
2nd in class C was a Sun Odyssey 45 and 1st in class F was an older Selection 37. Out of the 19 there were 13 different Jeanneau models represented spread across the range. See the rally website for further details on this amazing event at http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/