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New August date for ARC Portugal rally

by Noonsite 3 May 10:01 UTC 16 August 2020
Bayona start - ARC Portugal 2019 © World Cruising Club

World Cruising Club (WCC) have a proposed new schedule for their 2020 ARC Portugal rally, the annual Biscay crossing sailing from Plymouth, UK, to Marina de Lagos on Portugal's Algarve coast.

The new late August schedule replaces the original June start date, postponed due to C-19 restrictions.

ARC Portugal, now in its 26th year, is now planned to depart from Mayflower Marina in Plymouth on Sunday 16 August 2020 and conclude at Marina de Lagos on Saturday 5 September.

In preparation for crossing the Bay of Biscay, WCC support participants with a pre-departure programme including safety checks on board every boat and briefings on what to expect on the 550m passage to Bayona.

Once re-grouped on the Galician coast, the rally then visits the welcoming yacht clubs and marinas in Povoa de Varzim, Figueira da Foz, Peniche, Oeiras, Sines and Lagos.

This scenic and social rally is credited as much more than a delivery trip to the Algarve and WCC hope the 2020 edition will be no different with participants able to enjoy guided visits ashore to explore historic cities, excellent meals with breath-taking views and introductions to life-long cruising friends.

More information here.

For update on all other WCC rallies, including ARC and World ARC visit their news pages here.

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