Every once in awhile, however, that whole 'safety in numbers' thing might conceivably pay off...I think people join the ARC for two reasons:
2. Because there is safety in numbers. The truth is, as I know from sailing in company - that even with other boats around they are generally 4+ hours away from helping one. If the weather is bad they are most likely incapable of helping anyway as they are struggling on their own.
Yup, not my sort of thing, either... But the sort of folks who've chosen to go that route certainly seem for the most part to be pleased with their decision...The world ARC folk did a seminar/presentation at my club and while it sparked my interest to a degree-they certainly seemed like a well oiled machine, it is not something we would personally do.
It's certainly on the quick side of things for RTW but i believe it is aimed squarely at a new type of 'cruisier' who would find the concept ideal. Unsurpisingly the people most interested in my club were well heeled, ex racing folk with quick boats and a quick lifestyle who would do this with rotating crews, partners who fly in and out and for them the timeframe is probably perfect.
The cruising purists will cringe, but if its your cup of tea why not.