On Sunday (18 September) following the success of the 2016 ARC Channel Islands Rally, hosted by World Cruising Club (WCC) in association with RYA Active Marina, drop by the RYA Members' Lounge to find out how you can be part of the 2017 event (between 4pm and 5pm).
The 2016 Rally was a week long cruise which explored Cherbourg, Alderney and Guernsey which attracted over 30 boats from across the UK including Scotland, the West Country and East Coast with crews made up of friends and families ranging in age from Grandparents to young children.
The aim of the Rally was to encourage boat owners to sail beyond their normal cruising areas, and to gain confidence taking their boats to unfamiliar destinations or on longer passages.
Fiona Franklin was sailing with her family on Hufflepuff described their day sail to St. Peter Port: "We woke up in Cherbourg to the most glorious weather - having moored up just before 10pm BST after a long sail from Gosport, we slept very well. We set off in light winds and prepared to motor much of the way. What we weren't prepared for was the fabulous sight of dolphins playing around the boats. Absolutely wonderful! We negotiated the Alderney Race at slack tide with no problems and negotiated the Little Russel. Stunning scenery and very enjoyable".
Guy Malpas from the RYA joined the crews in Cherbourg for the sail home and said "I was lucky enough to be invited to sail back to Gosport on Midnight Wanderer. Stephen and his daughters were great fun to sail with and supplied the best night time provisioning I have ever experienced! The highlight of our passage was probably mid-Channel, monitoring the AIS to safely pass through the stream of commercial shipping."
Crews were keen to come together for a final Farewell Lunch, hosted at The Lightship, at Haslar Marina. "The fact we have so many get-togethers over the last few days has really helped with a community spirit amongst the ARC'ers and good to see the ranges of age and experience amongst the crews." said Mark from Magic-L "So the question you always ask - would we do this again? Absolutely!"