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ARC Channel Islands 

Following the hugely successful 2016 rally RYA Active Marina have once again teamed up with World Cruising Club to offer the ARC Channel Islands from 10 - 20 August 2017

The rally offers cruisers the confidence and encouragement to extend their cruising horizons with a unique mix of preparation, advice and support from a lead boat, combined with a cruise in company and social activities ashore.

Guy Malpas, RYA Development Manager, believes the ARC Channel Islands will offer a new adventure for both beginner and experienced sailors alike.

“We're delighted to see the return of the ARC Channel Islands Rally. It's ideal for a first offshore voyage or if you want to cruise or go further afield but with the support that a rally can provide.

“The rally was brilliant! It was a chance to test ourselves in a safe and social environment.” said RYA members Liz and Keith Hedges who sailed on Amy Clair.

The Rally will once again start and finish in Haslar Marina, Gosport, taking in Cherbourg, Guernsey and Alderney with the opportunity to change crew along the way before returning with a night cruise across the channel.

About the rally

The aim of ARC Channel Islands is to give cruisers the impetus and encouragement to extend their cruising horizons, whether as a first offshore voyage; perhaps a first time double-handed cruising; or sailing with young children, or experiencing crossing the Channel at night. Haslar Marina in Gosport will host the start of ARC Channel Islands 2017 with a social programme as well as boat safety checks, passage planning guidance and a Skippers Briefing.

Throughout the route there is the familiar mix of social sailing, get-togethers ashore and the reassurance that the lead boat is there to guide and assist. On board, the team including a senior instructor from Hamble School of Yachting are there to help, encourage and check plans, as much or as little as crews want.

“The benefits we derived from taking part in the rally were enormous.” said RYA member Stephen Richardson, of Hallberg Rassy 312 Midnight Wanderer who sailed with the first edition of the rally in 2016. “Passage planning and navigation skills were enhanced, and there was a sense of achievement in ticking off the marks as we went down Little Russell, and succeeding in picking out the lights as we approached Portsmouth on return. The daily briefings from the lead boat were not directional, but helpful nonetheless, and the YB Tracking unit allowed us to keep track of all the boats in the fleet.”

The rally office will open on Thursday, 10 August, before the fleet slip their lines (weather permitting) on Saturday 12 August from Haslar Marina. Framed with the offshore cross-Channel legs, the route explores some of the highlights of Cherbourg, Guernsey and Alderney, with the opportunity to change crew along the way. The rally ends back in Gosport following a night sail on Sunday 20 August

Entries are open

Due to space restrictions, ARC Channel Islands is limited to 25 boats and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served basis’. It is anticipated that the rally to be popular and encourage those interested to enter early to secure their place.

Full details including pricing, rally benefits and links to the conditions of entry and safety equipment requirements are available in the ARC Channel Islands Information Pack. To request a copy, please visit and select Tell Me More, or contact World Cruising Club on +44 (0) 1983 296060, or email

Download the ARC cruising poster here

 You can also visit the ARC Channel Islands website


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