From Brittany to the West Indies, cross the Atlantic on a boat

An ocean racing experience
Team member on the Transat Arc
Departure Lorient la Base (France)
20 days, 19 nights
You will love:
  • • Crossing the Atlantic with a crew
  • • The advice of professional crew members
  • • Stopover in the Canary Islands
  • • Sailing with the trade winds
from
6 325 €
per person
The ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) is a rally organised by the World Cruising Club, based in England, and is open to all. The Transatlantic sail differs from other cruises we offer, it is a committed crossing, where everyone participates in the smooth running of the boat. For those who wish to enrich their nautical experience, it is a reassuring way to cross the Atlantic. From Lorient or Las Palmas, take part in this rally, that brings together more than 100 sailing boats from all over the world, on a course of 2700 nautical miles. The final destination is St Lucia, one of the most beautiful islands in the Lesser Antilles. A crossing that promises to be rich in experiences and emotions!

Your Boat

Boat
The Challenge 67 is a 21-metre monohull race-cruise, ideal for expeditions. Composed of a saloon, a kitchen, two crew stations, four cabins (double, triple, bunks) and two bathrooms; it is a reliable, comfortable and spacious monohull.
Specifications
Boat Model:Challenge 67
Type:Sailboat
Number of Cabins:4
Maximum Capacity:10
Crew Members:2
Layout
The owner reserves the right to replace with a different boat model of the same quality and performance

Itinerary

Map
This transatlantic is composed of two major stages of navigation: from Lorient to the Canaries, and from the Canaries to the Antilles. You have the option to choose one stage or to participate in the entire trip. Have you made up your mind?
Stage 1 : Lorient - Las Palmas
Boarding in Lorient from the Bay of Biscay via Cap Finistère. You will then sail alongside the Portuguese coast to the Canaries. This first phase of navigation can be stormy, given the weather conditions in November. The reliability of the boat and the experienced crew will overcome any possible difficulty. Upon arrival in the Canaries, a shore getaway is possible for those who wish (duration determined by the Chief of Board).

Stage 2 : Las Palmas - Rodney Bay Marina
The second phase of navigation is the longest and lasts about twenty days, depending on the weather conditions. You will reach the West Indies by the Alizés road. It is not impossible to drive south to Cape Verde to get these winds. When you arrive at Rodney Bay Marina, you will be greeted with rum, fresh fruit and cold beer: to celebrate your crossing in a friendly atmosphere!

Important:
  • The sailing times and arrival dates are given for information purposes only. We advise you to book a modifiable flight ticket for your return.
  • Offshore communications are for security reasons only. Telephone or email communications are not available. Prior to your departure, tell your loved ones that you will be unreachable until the end of the crossing.

Prices

Departure / ReturnStages 1 & 2: Lorient - Les Palmas - Rodney BayPrice including VAT per person
November 2024
Friday 08 Nov
Saturday 14 Dec
6 325 €
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Price includes• Accommodation on the sailboat
• Supervision by a professional French-speaking crew
• Full board (breakfasts, lunches, dinners)
• Fuel (gas, diesel etc.)
• Passenger liability insurance
Price does not include• Flights: your return flight ticket
• On-board cash box (mandatory - to be paid upon booking): 875 € / person for the full deckchair OR €500 per person for stage 1 OR €250 per person for stage 2
• Individual insurance
• FFV license (to be inspected)
• Medical certificate (to be inspected)
• ARC team member registration (about €165/person) for the stage of Canaries/Saint Lucia

FAQ

If you are in good medical condition (medical certificate required), there is no particular level required to participate in the Transat Arc. The crew consists of professionals, guaranteeing your safety and giving you an opportunity to learn new manoeuvres.

Important: The crossing time and the final route are dependent on weather conditions.

Necessary equipment to bring:
It is essential to bring a waterproof outfit, as well as sun protectors. If necessary, it is possible to rent equipment specific on site. Contact us if you require more information.
The "FFV" license is the license of the French Sailing Federation. You must subscribe to it before boarding. You can obtain the license from many sailing clubs/ schools near you or directly on the federations website. http://www.ffvoile.fr/ffv/web/
For UK and U.S. citizens, a visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days. A valid passport is required that is valid for at least 3 months beyond your period of stay.

Residents of the U.S and the U.K. are allowed to enter St Lucia without a visa for up to six weeks.

To participate in this transatlantic, you must also be in possession of a license from the French Sailing Federation and a medical certificate attesting that you are medically fit to cross the Atlantic.
The transfer can be arranged by your GlobeSailor advisor and the base manager, by taxi or minibus. The payment of this service is generally to be made to GlobeSailor at the time of payment of the balance or directly on site in cash. Don’t forget to send your arrival times to your advisor!
The skippers we offer are registered and have the necessary professional certificates. They speak English fluently. If you have special requirements regarding the skipper, please inform us.

The skipper is responsible for the navigation and your safety on board. Do not hesitate to participate alongside them in their manoevres, they will be happy to teach you the basics of navigation.

Regarding the sleeping arrangements, the skipper sleeps on the boat, either in a separate cabin or in the saloon. The skipper is not in charge of cooking or washing dishes. Indeed, everyone participates in cooking, organising and maintaining cleanliness during the time spent on board.
The cruise is full board. Food is provided, but everyone is required to cook on board. Please inform us as soon as possible if you are allergic to certain foods or follow any special dietary requirements.
To confirm your booking you should inform your GlobeSailor advisor who will put an option (hold) on the cabin for a certain time until we receive your down payment.
The booking will only be considered final once we have received your down payment (by bank transfer, Paypal or credit card) which is 50% of the total amount. A 100% down payment is required for any booking made less than one month before departure.
The balance should be paid no later than one month before boarding, either to the base or to GlobeSailor. Mandatory extras and options will be payable locally. Be sure to check with your advisor or the base prior to departure.
If you wish to make a cancellation, you should contact your GlobeSailor advisor as soon as possible. Whatever the circumstances, you will be charged the following cancellation fees, depending on when the cancellation is made: up to 90 days before departure = 30%; 89 to 60 days before departure = 50%; 59 to 30 days before departure = 75%; 29 days or less before departure = 100% of the total cost of your booking. We recommend that you sign up for cancellation insurance with your personal insurance provider.

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