A total of 138 sailboats set sail for Santa Lucía in the 37th ARC Regatta – EFE News

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (EFE), in the Caribbean, a start that had a northeast wind, so it was fast.

As reported by the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, more than 800 crew members are taking part in ARC 2022 aboard a diverse fleet of sailboats with monohulls, multihulls and a motorboat.

The Spanish Navy ship Meteoro attended the start, the first at 12:45 p.m. for the multihull and open, the Racing division; and the second, at 1:00 p.m., of the more than 100 ships of the Cruise Division, accompanied by a great maritime atmosphere.

Tourists and residents of the city have again become the main allies of a regatta that is already part of the autumn in the city.

The “World Cruising Club”, organizer of the regatta, appreciated the city’s services which they describe as “excellent for the provisioning and preparation of this long journey”.

“It was a very good experience,” said Mark Lawrence, crew member of Australia’s Dufour 56 Smooth Operator.

Regatta Director Andrew Bishop highlighted that the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council, through Turismo LPA, Turismo de Gran Canaria and the Port Authority of Las Palmas “have been wonderful hosts for the whole fleet”. . .

From the youngest crew member, just two years old, to the oldest skipper, aged over 80, ARC sailors from 35 different nations sail aboard sailboats equipped with YB Tracking satellite trackers, which allows family and friends to follow the fleet comfortably. from their home via the ARC website or the YB Races app.

The weather forecast for the next 24 hours shows winds of around 20 knots, with higher gusts in the acceleration zone, 100 nautical miles south of Gran Canaria, so skippers will need to take precautions and find better heading south, away from the strongest winds, before turning to point their bows west.

Starting tomorrow, Monday, the fleet is expected to enter more established trade winds, which are expected to continue for at least the first week of the voyage, according to the note.EFE

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