November 25, 2016
Berthon works closely with the World Cruising Club and supports the ARC, which sees over 200 yachts and 1,200 sailors cross the Atlantic from the Canary Islands in late November, to arrive in time for a balmy Christmas in St Lucia.
Amongst the fleet there are always a number of what we like to think of as `Berthon yachts’ – those which have been sold and refitted by us. It is always a boost to see them heading off across the Atlantic and cruising to the max.
We are always on hand in Las Palmas to see the fleet off and this year, sailing yacht broker Alan McIlroy was there to wish the fleet bon voyage. Of course leaving Lymington and our terrific British November weather to make for Las Palmas is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it…
As ever, the docks were a hive of activity with crews making final preparations before the start of the ARC last Sunday. The countdown to the start is well organised by the World Cruising Club with safety checks, seminars and briefings all held to assist seasoned yachtsmen and those for whom it is their first Atlantic crossing.
There were plenty of friendly faces and hulls of yachts that have been sold by our offices in the USA, France and the UK, as well as many that have spent time being refitted in the Big Blue Sheds.
Among the starters was the Moody 66 MUSTIQUE – for sale via Berthon –
And sailing in ARC Plus from the Cape Verdes was the Hallberg-Rassy 62 BIZ –
Both will be available for inspection on arrival in the Caribbean.
Amongst the comprehensive package of information supplied to each ARC yacht, we always try to provide some essential information that they will need during the course of their cruising programme –
We wish the fleet fair winds and good sailing in ARC 2016.
If you would like to know more about this iconic event please do contact our friends at the WCC…
And do visit us at the Bluewater weekend held annually at Berthon to find out more about blue water cruising.