Crossing the Atlantic With Arc

Crossing the Atlantic With Arc

21st November, 2012

A small fleet of Southerlys are taking part in the annual transatlantic rally starting in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, racing to Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia.

Among the Southerlys taking part are TV presenters Paul & Sheryl Shard, onboard their Southerly 49 who will be filming the event for their TV series 'Distant Shores', shown on the Travel Channel.

This largest trans-ocean sailing event organised by the World Cruising club, brings together approximately 200 yachts from all over the world, covers a 2,700 nautical mile passage on the NE tradewind route and takes on average between 14 - 21 days to complete.

The Southerly Service Team are on hand in Las Palmas to help Southerly owners with their last minute preparations.


The 27th Arc is now en route to Saint Lucia with 155 boats in the cruising division, after setting off on 27th November in moderate to strong north easterly winds.

The Southerly 49 Distant Shores II skippered by Paul & Sheryl Shard can be followed on their blog at

The Southerly 38, Little Pea, skippered by Mark Jagger with his crew are enjoying settling into their daily ocean sailing routines, which can be followed at

Meanwhile the Southerly 57RS Tal' Lira, having returned to Tenerife to resolve a technical problem with their autopilot motor, plan to set off tomorrow morning and we wish new owners Peter & Pauline Groener the best of luck on this leg of their maiden voyage. To follow the fleet using the ARC Fleet viewer at