240 yachts set off from Las Palmas in November to cross the Atlantic to Rodney Bay in St Lucia, in the annual ARC rally. As always there was an option to race or cruise, but in all fleets there was plenty of rivalry among the crews of course, and prizes to be won. However, the main aim of the event was to enable yachts to cruise in the safety of each other to get to the warm Caribbean winter destination.
Admiral Yacht Insurance has had a long association with the ARC insuring the majority of the UK based yachts, as well as other nationalities. We have also provided advice and support on the dockside prior to the event, for a number of years.
Admiral’s Robert Holbrook was on hand in Las Palmas prior to this year’s departure to help all policy holders ensure that their insurance was ship-shape, newly purchased items were covered, and to be available to handle any claims that might have arisen during the delivery passage.
Admiral clients were also able to benefit from a complimentary rig check, providing valuable peace of mind prior to the trans-Atlantic crossing as well as advice on lay-up locations during the hurricane season if applicable. Admiral offers many exclusive benefits to ARC participants in addition to a very hands on personal service!
The first yacht finished on 1st December after just 11½ days at sea. With favourable winds for the entire crossing, the line honours not surprisingly went to a 15.2m lightweight trimaran, Rayon Vert, followed closely by the Franco-Russian team on mighty 28.7m super-maxi Med Spirit (ex Bols).