ARC race preview

Thursday, 15 November 2012

It’s getting a bit chillier here in England now and so it must be nearly that time of year where our yachts and skippers sail west until they find rum. The ARC race is a fabulous annual Rally that takes advantage of the prevailing pattern of easterly winds that form at this time of year called the trade winds, to carry the hundreds of entrants across the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, hundreds of yachts all sailing in one direction cannot help but get a bit competitive and so the ARC has an IRC handicapped race division.  This year Global Yacht Racing has three yachts entered in the ARC racing division all with their eye on a great result and anticipation of the experience of a lifetime. 

A life Changing experience

EH01 will be skippered by Matt Mitchell and ably assisted by Global Yacht Racing apprentice Gareth Owen who has been sailing and racing on EH01 since August. They are currently en route to Las Palmas and their passage from Malta has been an epic voyage of high winds and big seas.  You can read all about Gareth’s adventures and get an insider view of Global Yacht Racing by reading his brilliant blog at

Racing for an ambulance

Our director Andy Middleton will be skipper onboard  X46 yacht Ntanda with a crew of Global Yacht Racing graduates, Hobart Heroes, pirates in training and overall legends including (for those who know them) Five Kites Mike, Dover , Sion and Flower.  As well as being ocean warriors the crew of Ntanda are raising money for a fantastic cause – they are buying an Ambulance for a remote region of Kenya which is expected to dramatically improve infant mortality and reduce complications of childbirth. Now, they’ve come up with a clever ruse to get you all to donate to their chosen charity by offering some fantastic prizes for the person who guesses closest the finishing time of Ntanda’s ARC race and donates via Just Giving. First prize is a crew place onboard this fabulous X46 race yacht for next year’s Round the Island Race and of course you receive a warm glow from being a super human being by donating to such a great  cause! 

Across an Ocean

Our  final entry is a Beneteau 40.7 skippered by Matt Pike and has a fantastic mix of individual amateur sailors from various regions and backgrounds.  You can follow the progress of all the yachts on the ARC race tracker and via the online blogs which will be posted online. 

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