Organising the ARC675,000 nautical miles; 250 yachts; 1,250 people and 30 languages!  JEREMY WYATTwww.worldcruising.com
A look at the infrastructure behind WorldCruising Club, organisers of the world’slargest offshore sailing event – theAtlan...
WCC Organise Sailing Events• Atlantic Rally for  Cruisers (ARC)• ARC Europe• Rally Portugal• World ARC• Caribbean 1500• Cr...
The Atlantic Circuit
Around the World in 2012
The ARC – some statistics          1986 - 2009• First ARC was in 1986• 4,460 yachts• Over 17,000 crew• Over 30 nations  an...
The ARC – some statistics          1986 - 2009• If all the ARC yachts were  laid end to end, the line  would stretch for o...
How Long Does It Take?The ARC Course Record:2006 11 days 05:32:30       Capricorno          Maxi2003 11 days 13:12:20     ...
What is a typical ARC yacht?The average ARC yacht in the last 5 years is:• 14.2m LOA (45’-46’)• 9 years old• Monohull: Ben...
From Which Countries?
How We Run WCC
Reaching Our Clients• 99% of client  enquiries via  website• Offers news, yacht  logs, photos and  yacht positions to  inv...
Reaching Our Clients• Clients can enter and  pay online• Organise their crew,  access event  information, get special  equ...
Reaching Our Clients• Supporters  can follow  yachts via  our  website
Reaching Our Clients• Each year we have over 24 staff on the team  for the start of the ARC in Las Palmas• Speaking 7 lang...
Working With Sponsors   • Over 30 Corporate Members plus     event and port sponsors around     the world.
Equipment on the yachts
ARC Equipment Survey• Real experiences from  200 yachts each year• Typically reviewing  equipment used for over  900,000 n...
Electronic EquipmentAs organisers, WCC require yachts tohave:• E-mail at sea (via SSB radio or satellite  phone)• Installe...
Communications at Sea                          ARC Communications Equipment Fit             60%             50%           ...
Data at Sea            ARC 2009                                     Data at sea                  System Type              ...
Other Equipment - NavigationNAVIGATION - methods                       Nr Replies Response RatioPaper charts              ...
Other Equipment - RadarRADAR- type                                      Nr Replies Response RatioFuruno                   ...
Other Equipment - RadarRADAR: rate for:Top number is the count of respondents selecting theoption. Bottom % is percent of ...
Other Equipment - AISAIS- What make is fitted                           Nr Replies Response RatioComar                    ...
Other Equipment - AIS AIS: rate for:Top number is the count of respondents selecting theoption. Bottom % is percent of the...
Power Generation Onboard• 58 fitted wind generators – (17 Rutland)• 24 yachts had a water powered (towed)generator onboard...
We asked all ARC 2009Skippers to list their 5 mostimportant items of equipmentonboardThe suggestions were wide reaching. S...
Top 10 equipment items:1    autopilot2    watermaker3    satphone4    generator5    chart plotter6    radar7    AIS8    fr...
www.worldcruising.com
Preparation for Bluewater Sailing
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Preparation for Bluewater Sailing

  1. 1. Organising the ARC675,000 nautical miles; 250 yachts; 1,250 people and 30 languages! JEREMY WYATTwww.worldcruising.com
  2. 2. A look at the infrastructure behind WorldCruising Club, organisers of the world’slargest offshore sailing event – theAtlantic Rally for Cruisers - and howthey go about organizing and supportingtheir clients, including preparation andtypical equipment that is carried onboardthe sailing yachts crossing the Atlantic.
  3. 3. WCC Organise Sailing Events• Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)• ARC Europe• Rally Portugal• World ARC• Caribbean 1500• Cruising Seminars
  4. 4. The Atlantic Circuit
  5. 5. Around the World in 2012
  6. 6. The ARC – some statistics 1986 - 2009• First ARC was in 1986• 4,460 yachts• Over 17,000 crew• Over 30 nations annually• Largest to date 1999: 235 yachts• 25th Edition this year: 250 yachts expected
  7. 7. The ARC – some statistics 1986 - 2009• If all the ARC yachts were laid end to end, the line would stretch for over 39 nautical miles or almost halfway around the island of Gran Canaria.• In the period, over 17,000 crews aged from babies to almost 80 have taken part.
  8. 8. How Long Does It Take?The ARC Course Record:2006 11 days 05:32:30 Capricorno Maxi2003 11 days 13:12:20 Spirit VOR 602001 11 days 23:41:43 Spirit of Diana Farr 652000 12 days 18:07:20 Multicap Caraibes Open 501998 13 days 02:58:02 Yes! Sydney 60The Slowest:1986 33 days 21hrs Dunkers Achilles 24due to breakages had to hand steer for the last 1,300nm.A Typical Crossing:An ‘average’ cruising yacht will take 19-21 daysand can motor as required.
  9. 9. What is a typical ARC yacht?The average ARC yacht in the last 5 years is:• 14.2m LOA (45’-46’)• 9 years old• Monohull: Beneteau Oceanis 46, Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45, or Hallberg Rassy 46• Catamaran: Lagoon 440• Crew: 5 adults• Families: 10% of the average boats will have two children onboard
  10. 10. From Which Countries?
  11. 11. How We Run WCC
  12. 12. Reaching Our Clients• 99% of client enquiries via website• Offers news, yacht logs, photos and yacht positions to involve family and friends
  13. 13. Reaching Our Clients• Clients can enter and pay online• Organise their crew, access event information, get special equipment prices etc via Member’s Area• Forums allow sailors to share information, find crew, buy/sell spare equipment.
  14. 14. Reaching Our Clients• Supporters can follow yachts via our website
  15. 15. Reaching Our Clients• Each year we have over 24 staff on the team for the start of the ARC in Las Palmas• Speaking 7 languages!
  16. 16. Working With Sponsors • Over 30 Corporate Members plus event and port sponsors around the world.
  17. 17. Equipment on the yachts
  18. 18. ARC Equipment Survey• Real experiences from 200 yachts each year• Typically reviewing equipment used for over 900,000 nautical miles• Steering & power; sails; navigation; top 5 items• Equipment Rated for: – Reliability – Ease of Use – Value for Money
  19. 19. Electronic EquipmentAs organisers, WCC require yachts tohave:• E-mail at sea (via SSB radio or satellite phone)• Installed VHF radio (25w)• EPIRB (min. 406MHz)• Positions tracked via Iridium transponders
  20. 20. Communications at Sea ARC Communications Equipment Fit 60% 50% 40%% of fleet 30% 20% 10% 0% 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Year SSB Only Satellite Only SSB & Satellite
  21. 21. Data at Sea ARC 2009 Data at sea System Type 2007 2008 2009 Iridium 80% 79% 80% 70% Inmarsat MiniM 6% 6% 1% 60% Inmarsat Fleet 33 14% 6% 6% 50% 40% Inmarsat Fleet Broadband 0% 9% 13%% 30% 20% • Iridium is cheaper • Fleet BB growing 10% 0% em d um 7 er an -7 • New iSat phone may th od di 33 db O Iri M tF oa B sa Br SS ar et m le In tF make an impact sa ar m In Type
  22. 22. Other Equipment - NavigationNAVIGATION - methods Nr Replies Response RatioPaper charts 100 54.3%Fixed plotter 148 80.4%Computer 70 38.0%Total 184 100%
  23. 23. Other Equipment - RadarRADAR- type Nr Replies Response RatioFuruno 33 16.8%Raymarine 116 59.1%Simrad 4 2.0%JRC 1 <1%Other 6 3.0%No Responses 36 18.3%Total 196 100%Used on average for 8 hours per day
  24. 24. Other Equipment - RadarRADAR: rate for:Top number is the count of respondents selecting theoption. Bottom % is percent of the total respondentsselecting the option. Poor OK Good Superb 6 42 71 33Reliability 4% 27% 46% 21% 5 45 66 31Ease of Use 3% 31% 45% 21% 6 57 59 22Value for money 4% 39% 41% 15%
  25. 25. Other Equipment - AISAIS- What make is fitted Nr Replies Response RatioComar 16 8.1%Digital Yacht 10 5.1%EasyAIS 10 5.1%Furuno 11 5.6%NASA 11 5.6%Raymarine 37 18.8%Simrad 7 3.5%Other 14 7.1%No Responses 80 40.8%Total 196 100%
  26. 26. Other Equipment - AIS AIS: rate for:Top number is the count of respondents selecting theoption. Bottom % is percent of the total respondentsselecting the option. Poor OK Good Superb 9 21 42 42Reliability 8% 18% 36% 36% 6 18 41 49Ease of Use 5% 16% 35% 42% 8 23 38 41Value for money 7% 20% 33% 36%
  27. 27. Power Generation Onboard• 58 fitted wind generators – (17 Rutland)• 24 yachts had a water powered (towed)generator onboard (of which 12 were Duogen)• 53 yachts fitted with solar panels – ave. 200W• 90 yachts had diesel generators:(Onan 23, Fischer Panda 22, Mastervolt 11)• 99 yachts used main engine for charging; with anaverage of 3 hours per day usage.
  28. 28. We asked all ARC 2009Skippers to list their 5 mostimportant items of equipmentonboardThe suggestions were wide reaching. Some moreunusual responses were: yogurt maker, self-inflating airbed and vodka for killing fish!We ranked all the suggestions by popularity andthe top 10 favourite items voted for by ARC 2009skippers were……………………………..
  29. 29. Top 10 equipment items:1 autopilot2 watermaker3 satphone4 generator5 chart plotter6 radar7 AIS8 fridge9 SSB Radio10 spinnaker pole
  30. 30. www.worldcruising.com

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