Please select your home edition
Edition
Cyclops 2020 - SmartlinkNano - LEADERBOARD

ARC Portugal 2021 underway

by World Cruising Club 28 Jul 08:36 UTC
ARC Portugal 2021 © World Cruising Club

After a day of final preparations at Mayflower Marina on Saturday, busy provisioning and settling in new crew, the afternoon ended with the skippers briefing for the first leg of the rally to Bayona.

Andrew Bishop led the briefing, joined over Zoom by weather guru Chris Tibbs for a comprehensive weather brief for the leg, forecasting almost ideal conditions for the Biscay crossing. Afterwards crew enjoyed a socially distanced glass or two of Spanish sparkling wine on the dock together before heading out for their independent crew suppers.

Sunday dawned, and it was time for the off! Overcast, dry, and light airs - not ideal for the start from the line between the Hoe and the Mountbatten Breakwater, but enough of a zephyr to see the yachts heading off on the ebb tide, with favourable winds due to build during the afternoon. First across the line was Khamsin, with the light northerly breeze taking them away from the Plymouth coastline.

The ARC Portugal yachts have 550 miles to enjoy ahead of them, with the first yachts expected to make landfall in Bayona late on Wednesday or early Thursday. Whilst a smaller group than normal everyone was appreciative that the rally is going ahead in these uncertain times, and are understanding that challenges may lay ahead for their future cruising plans.

Related Articles

ARC 2022 - Entries now open!
Join the fun in Las Palmas and the camaraderie of the ocean crossing Join the fun in Las Palmas, the camaraderie of the ocean crossing and the excitement of landfall in Saint Lucia. Entries are open: You can now join ARC 2022! Posted on 11 Sep
ARC+ 2022 - Entries now open!
Taking sailors across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Grenada ARC+ takes sailors across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Grenada via the Cape Verde archipelago. Posted on 10 Sep
Standby for the opening of ARC+ and ARC 2022
Sail the Atlantic with the world's most popular transocean rally Sail the Atlantic with the world's most popular transocean rally; join the fun in Las Palmas, the camaraderie of an ocean crossing in company and the excitement of landfall in the Caribbean! Posted on 4 Sep
ARC Caribbean 1500 open for entries
Thinking of sailing south this autumn? Thinking of sailing south this autumn? Come and join the fleet as we head off towards the warmer climates of the Caribbean! Posted on 19 Aug
ARC Portugal - Keeping on cruising
And they're off again, sailing down to their first stop in Portugal And they're off again, sailing down to their first stop in Portugal after what could be described as perfect stopover in Baiona, Spain. Posted on 5 Aug
Get set for November 2021 - the '1500 is back!
Get ready to sail south again this fall! It has been a frustrating year for us all, stuck at home, unable to reach our boats and shut out from our favorite sailing destinations. But now we can announce that the '1500 is back, so get ready to sail south again this fall! Posted on 1 Aug
ARC Portugal 2021 - Bienvenido a Baiona
The flag is now raised and flying high in Monte Real Club de Yates ARC Portugal 2021 flag is now raised and flying high in Monte Real Club de Yates in Baiona, Spain. After what many consider their great crossing of Biscay, the fleet will now spend a few days in Spanish stopover of rally before heading to Portugal. Posted on 31 Jul
ARC Portugal 2021 gathers in Plymouth
After a week of blistering heat the weather has started to turn After a week of blistering heat the weather has started to turn here in Plymouth where the ARC Portugal 2021 yachts are now gathered at Mayflower Marina in preparation for their departure on Sunday morning. Posted on 24 Jul
ARC Portugal - Steady as she goes
The rally is still scheduled for its revised August dates Despite recent changes to rules affecting travellers returning from Portugal to the UK, the rally is still scheduled for its revised August dates. Posted on 18 Jul
Marina de Lagos ready to welcome you
Offering unmatched protection and hospitality At the corner of Europe, open to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Marina de Lagos offers unmatched protection and hospitality. Posted on 18 Jul
Get My Boat 2021 FOOTERGrapefruit Graphics 2019 - FooterHenr-Lloyd BLU FOOTER