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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers Festivities Begin

A total of 240 yachts from 27 countries are gathering in Las Palmas a week prior to the start of the 22nd annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) from the Canaries to St. Lucia in the West Indies. This is a record number of boats for the granddaddy of all cruising rallies. The only West Coast entry is Jerry and Karen Eaton’s Belvedere-based Hallberg-Rassy 43 Blue Heron. Having put in 14,000 miles on the boat in Europe, Karen will be sitting the crossing out, leaving it to Jerry and his buddies.

Hundreds of boats will leave Las Palmas next Sunday bound for St. Lucia.

© Andrew Dare Photography

We did the 10th ARC and had a blast. Here’s to everyone having a fast, fun and safe passage!

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