As you probably know the 2013 was full only some months after the opening of inscriptions. 245 boats was the limit they could manage in what regards marinas in Canary Islands, even after they have expanded the marina.
So they decided to create another one with a different time departure (two weeks earlier), leaving Las Palmas at 10 November and it will go on a parallel course visiting Cape Verde Islands before heading to Saint Lucia arriving just some days earlier than the main rally.
This one is called ARC+
A parallel route to the annual ARC transatlantic rally is being created in November to cope with unprecedented demand for places. Called the ARC+ the event will leave Las Palmas on 10 November, two weeks' earlier than the ARC start, and visit the Cape Verde Islands before heading for Saint Lucia to arrive just ahead of the main fleet. The Rally will be limited to 50 yachts.
But this year, besides ARC this will not be the only other option. There are three more other other cruising rallies this November and December: the new Christmas Caribbean Rally from Lanzarote to Antigua and two others created by ARC founder Jimmy Cornell, the Atlantic Odyssey from Lanzarote to Martinique and Atlantic Odyssey II from Las Palmas to Grenada
I have never see anything like this, it seems that the number of boats crossing the Atlantic this year will be a record number
Just to go with the mood I will post some movies from boats doing the ARC. By the way there is somebody reading this that will go on one of those?
A First 40.7:
A First 36.7:
an interesting Sam Manuard design, kind of a Pogo 10.50:
a Dehler 36:
a Rival 32:
a Dufour 45e:
and the 40Class racer Vaquita, the one to arrived first in 2012 beating a Swan 80: