Montag, 29 . November . 2021

World ARC 2012- 2013

Circumnavigate with World Cruising Club

Are you dreaming of tropical islands and faraway places? Are you wondering what to do after the ARC? Well, how about keeping the fun going with a round-the-world cruising rally – an ARC circumnavigation?

We tooke part in the World ARC and really enjoyed the journey. Our route can be seen here:

Please click on the map for further details.

The route was the so-called “Milk run” or in German “Die Barfuss Route”. The route is mainly following the equator and therefore the trade wind belt. Because sailed from East to West there in additionwas a helping current almost all the way around. We only really experienced strong weather of the coast of Columbia en route to Panama and across the Indian Ocean..

In the World ARC 2008 – 2009 one of the competitors kept a wind log assiduously. He reported following winds (probably apparent) with only 2 % above 30 knots (force 7). That is about right from our experience.

We experienced fairly calm weather, benign currents and lots of sun, but not really moderate seas. There was quite a lot of swell. There was more risk of getting sunstroke than problems with heavy weather. Being in the trade winds also meant that most of the sailing wasdownwind, which with a boat capable of doing 10 – 14 knots downwind easily means that the apparent wind rarely was be above a very comfortable 15 knots.


The route for World ARC is a mixture of open ocean stages, independent cruising and planned meetings along the route.

Here was our itineray


Leaving from the Caribbean in January 2012, the fleet sailed to Panama, where the Canal transit will be organised, and then into the Pacific Ocean. From Panama we visited the Galapagos Islands, famed for their unique wildlife. There was plenty of time to cruise through the idyllic islands of the south Pacific, where such evocative names as Hiva Oa, the Tuamotos, Tahiti, Bora Bora, the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga, which were on the route.

July the rally reached Fiji in the western Pacific, before a short crossing to the exotic volcanic islands of Vanuatu, and then Mackay, Australia. World ARC made possible a cruise inside the Great Barrier Reef, before regrouping for the leg across the top of Australia to Darwin and the start of our Indian Ocean stage.

From Bali, we called at the remote islands of Christmas Island and Cocos-Keeling (with lots of trouble for us) before setting off across the Indian Ocean where we reached Mauritius in October. Then on via the French island of Reunion, we arrived in South Africa at Richards Bay, cruising slowly southwards to be in Cape Town for Christmas 2012.


January 2013 saw us head out from Cape Town to Brazil, via the tiny mid-Atlantic island of St. Helena. From Salvador de Bahia, where the crew enjoyed the frenetic sights and sounds of Carnival Brazilian style. Late March sees yachts back in the Caribbean. The finish was in St. Lucia in mid April.


The route was planned in such a way as to give participants sufficient time to cruise independently in some beautiful areas such as Galapagos, Marquesas, Tuamotus, Society Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Great Barrier Reef, South Africa and Brazil. Also included on the itinerary were some rarely visited islands such as Suworrow, Niue and Christmas Isalnd. Time had also been allocated to allow for travel inland whilst the yachts are berthed in a safe marina, such as in South Africa  or Australia. The two stops in Australia provided enough time to visit the interior of that fascinating country while docked at Mackay, or to undertake maintenance work whilst in Darwin. Similarly, the long stop in South Africa, which had been dictated by weather considerations, made it possible to visit some of the world famous nature reserves, and explore this fascinating country at a relaxed pace before we spend Christmas in Cape Town. This was our best birding stop.

The World ARC is organized by the World Cruising Club. Information:

Some key Information which they provided was:

  • World ARC is open to mono hulls with a minimum LOA of 40ft [12.19m], and multi hulls between 40ft [12.19m] and 60ft [18.29].

  • Minimum crew requirement is two people onboard each yacht.

  • A range of safety and communications equipment must be carried. The requirements are detailed in the Entry Regulations available from World Cruising Club.
  • The rally will start in the Caribbean in January 2010. See the Itinerary for more detail on the route and timings.
  • What is included: canals, routing, weather etc

  • Full details of the entry fees and rally benefits are published in the Conditions of Entry

One of the main benefits is: In the Right Place at the Right Time!

The route and timing of World ARC have been carefully chosen so as to benefit from the best weather conditions by planning to be “in the right place at the right time” and, at the same time, complete a circumnavigation in just over one year. Both the Pacific and the Indian Oceans will be crossed during the safest period and at the height of the favourable trade wind season. World ARC will avoid the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea, where the political situation and security threats make the route dangerous for yachts. Instead, the rally calls at some of the most attractive destinations in the world, some of which will be visited for the very first time by an organized event.

Preparations & Training

  • Good preparation is essential for a safe trip. For World ARC, there is a minimum skipper and crew training requirement, and certain safety and communications equipment must be carried. See the conditions of entry for full details.

  • World Cruising Club organises a series of seminarsand training courses to help skippers and crews prepare for the rally.
  • Our training partner, Hamble School of Yachting, can also assist with a variety of training courses.
  • Further training resources and links are given in the participants forum and in our Safety at Sea forum.
  • Each participating yacht is required to carry certain safety and communications equipment as specified in the Conditions of Entry.

Event Benefits

  • Rally organisation

  • WCC staff in each port

  • Free docking*

  • Clearance fees*

  • Organisation of Panama Canal transit and payment of fees

  • Social activities in each port

  • Rally flag, numbers and World ARC commemorative plaque

  • Daily radio net

  • Daily internet position reporting

  • Free customised weather forecast at sea

  • World ARC Rally website

  • The Event binder and regular newsletters

  • World Cruising Club magazine

You can get further informations and follow the current edition under:

We can only recommend that you do it.