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Sail the Atlantic Rally (ARC)

Duration: 37 days
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Join the world's greatest Atlantic rally via Cape Verde.

To sail across the Atlantic Ocean is a dream for so many people and there is no better way to do it than as part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC).

You will be part of a fleet of over 70 yachts heading out from the wonderful Cape Verde islands for over 2000nm of open ocean sailing in the warm trade winds toward the Caribbean. You will get two days of training in Cape Verde to help you get comfortable with the yacht and there are various really fun social events as well. The Clipper 60 is one of the great ocean going yachts ever built and you will experience some truly spectacular sailing.

You can choose to join Atlantic Rally for Leg 1 from Canaries to Cape Verde (11 days), Leg 2 from Cape Verde to St Lucia (25 days) or join for the full crossing from the Canaries to St Lucia (37 days).


  • Sailing along the magical islands in Cape Verde
  • Crossing the Atlantic Ocean, in a fleet of fifty to sixty other yachts
  • Cruising St Lucia, with potential the explore the islands.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Two highly experienced instructors will guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great sailing holiday
  • Lots of ARC parties and social events to join in with
  • Sail in the company of fifty or sixty other yachts
Canaries or Cape Verde
Cape Verde or St Lucia
Trip Duration
37 Days
Group Size
Private Departure
Sailing, Yacht Racing
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller




4 November 2020



10 December 2020


What makes this adventure holiday so special is that there can be no fixed itinerary and no part of the itinerary is guaranteed. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that.


What's included

  • All ARC entry fees
  • Top quality foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions
  • Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions
  • Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market
  • All on-board food and snacks
  • Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors
  • RYA sailing qualifications where applicable

Not included

  • Your travel to and from the start and end points
  • Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
  • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
  • Any meals you eat ashore

Trip notes


November 06-17 2019: Leg 1 Canaries to Cape Verde (£1,999) November 17 – December 12 2019: Leg 2 Cape Verde to St Lucia (£3,950)November 06 – December 12 2019: Full Crossing Canaries to St Lucia (£5,490)

Min age



The yacht itself is an expedition yacht that was previously a round the world race boat. The accommodation on the yacht is comfortable, warm and spacious. Each bunk is 6′ 7″ long and has its own USB charger and light. Sleeping is in one 8 berth cabin. There are two toilets, a shower, hot water and lots of food!


We eat very well on board and we will take as much fresh fruit and veg as we can. Ocean sailing is an exercise in using food creatively but you can expert lovely warm meals, as much as you can eat, freshly baked bread and more. We can cater for most diets and have loads of veggies on board. If you have any severe allergies you must check with us before booking.

Who is this trip for?

These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.


Do I need Experience?

No previous sailing experience is required.

Do people come alone?

Almost everyone comes alone. Couples and groups are very welcome and we do get them. On the whole, however, most crew join solo and so if you are coming alone, you will be one of the crowd!

How many people are on board?

Except in exceptional circumstances, we limit the crew size to 9 plus two instructors. This means that there are enough people to sale the boat safely, but you will still have lots of time helming, navigating, trimming sails and such like.

Is this a sailing holiday?

Absolutely. First and foremost, we are here to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Sailing is bout having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. Voyages are a unique mix of sailing and training, and you will get far more involvement and training than on any other sailing holiday you may try!

Who else joins?

We have a remarkably similar group of people who join all our trips. They come from all around the world, are an even mix of men and women and with an average age of 35-65.

Tour operator

We love this sailing company’s ethos – to help people do three things: sail, train and explore. They are passionate about enabling people to experience life out on the open ocean, building sailing skills and exploring some beautiful countries. After years of training people to become professional sailors, and having covered thousands of miles between them, the company Founders realised that so many people had dreamt of setting off across an ocean, but hadn’t the skills, the boat or crew to make those dreams come true.

The company now runs expeditions on a specialised 60’ yacht to some of the most exciting places out there – often largely inaccessible from land. With no previous sailing experience required, the two instructors will guide you every step of the way as you develop your sailing skills, maybe even earning an RYA qualification during the week. Exploring on land as they go is just as important and the bikes and a kayak mean you can head off and enjoy everything there is to see along the route.

A most helpful, friendly and knowledgeable travel company!

Very helpful and provided lots of research material and excellent personal perspectives on the tall ship sailing trip I was interested in taking.

— Martin

Excellent thoughtful service.

They were prompt and friendly, and so thorough and helpful in connecting me with my adventure.

— Tina

One of a Kind Service!

From the very beginning of reaching out to AWA, they were super helpful, enthusiastic and informative.

— Matt

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