As we speak, Peters & May’s representatives at the ARC 2018 are heading home from sunny Saint Lucia after another great end to the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. Having waved almost 300 teams off the start line in La Palma back in November, Richard and Jesper joined in celebration as participants were waved back to shore in the Caribbean last week.
After long journeys across the Atlantic, most participants of the rally arrived safely on average 1-2 days earlier than usual at Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia. Helped by consistent trade winds throughout the crossing, the general feeling amongst ARC participants was that this year’s sailing conditions made for a great ride!
Richard Howatt, Marine Sales Manager at Peters & May explained "Excitement erupted ashore when the first few boats broke the horizon. It’s always such a great atmosphere! We work with some of the same clients participating in the ARC year on year; we get to know the personal sailing dreams and expectations behind every participant so it’s brilliant greeting them and enjoying a well-deserved chilled Caribbean Rum together in celebration at the Sundowner event".
Having attended the pre-ARC preparations in La Palma, Richard and Jesper have been on hand to discuss yacht shipping and logistics requirements of participants throughout the rally. Offering bespoke shipping solutions, Peters & May have been working in partnership with the World Cruising Club and the ARC for over 10 years. Annually our specialist yacht transport teams arrange for the shipment of a large proportion of participating yachts as Jesper Jensen, Sales Manager for Scandinavia explains: “Once cruising is complete, participants often require logistics support for their onward journey. Some participants lack time and resources to sail yachts home. Year on year more participants opt for our regular Transatlantic Sailings, enjoying the benefits of a reduction in wear and tear, fuel costs and return resources”.
As popularity of sailings grow, so have our shipments! Last year saw a 52-Yacht Record Breaking Shipment leave Antigua heading for Southampton at the end of the Caribbean Season following regional sailing events, such as The ARC and Antigua Sailing Week.
West Palm Beach – Antigua (20th – 25th January)
TE1902 Post RORC Caribbean 600 (subject to inducement)
Fort Lauderdale / Antigua – Palma / Genoa (Loading 18th – 28th February)
Fort Lauderdale / Tortola – Palma / Genoa (Loading 1st -15th March)
Fort Lauderdale / Antigua / St Thomas (subject to inducement) – Palma / Genoa (Loading 1st – 15th April)
TE1905 Post Les Voiles de St. Barths (subject to inducement)
St Thomas / Antigua / Freeport / Newport – Southampton (Loading 15th – 30th April)
TE1906 Post Antigua Sailing Week
Fort Lauderdale / Antigua – Palma / Genoa (Loading 1st – 15th May)
TE1907 Post Antigua Sailing Week
Fort Lauderdale / Antigua – Southampton / Antwerp / Bremerhaven (Loading 1st – 15th May)