Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will become again this year the starting point of the transoceanic regatta ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), which will celebrate its 27th anniversary in 2012 as one of the most renown international nautical events. More than 200 boats from 25 countries began to arrive at the City Marina to cast off next 35th November heading to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, an Atlantic crossing of 2700 nautical miles being a reference in the world sailing agenda.
Most of the sailors come from the UK, with around 80 vessels registered in the event, whereas there will also be a wide representation of boats coming from Germany, Italy, Norway, Holland or Russia. After the calculations made by the event organisers, the presence of the ARC in the island generates an income of around 2.3 million Euro, with an average of 167 daily Euros spent per participant.
The programme of activities because of this regatta started yesterday Monday the 5th of November with a Painting Contest for Children with a total of 180 children from many schools of the city, those children will have the opportunity to visit the facilities of the City Marina and to get to know the nautical sports after a series of briefings about lateen sailing, scuba diving and other water sports. For those interested to enter the world of scuba diving, they can enjoy a first dive until Friday the 9th between 16:00 and 18:30, thanks to Buceo Canarias. Besides, on Friday night at Lasal Terrace of the Marina, there will be a Sailors’ Party open to everyone who may like to enjoy the sailors’ ambiance that we will live that weekend at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Another initiative of the Entrepreneur’s Association of the City Marina (Marina LPA) will be the Happy Hour throughout the whole month of November between 12:00 and 13:00, and the new proposal the Marine Brochette, an appetiser of octopus, calamari, tuna, shrimps and sea bass at a price of 2 euro (drink included) every weekend of November.
Lateen Sailing Open Day
On Sunday the 18th, a week before the departure of the ARC, we will celebrate the opening ceremony and the flags rising ceremony, a colourful event followed by almost all the crews. The very same day, everyone who comes to the Marina will be able to enjoy an Open Doors Day at the Canary Lateen Sailing Federation with an exhibition of boats, first sails and a show of traditional handicrafts.