The World Cruising Club has announced that beginning in 2014, the World ARC round-the-world sailing rally will become an annual event, starting every January from Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia.
World ARC is currently a biennial event, starting in January and finishing 15 months later. The current event started in January 2010 and the next will start in January 2012.
Demand from sailors for a rally in the 'off' years led to the decision to make it an annual event. This will make it easier for cruisers to sail half the rally, then take a year out to explore on their own, before rejoining the subsequent rally to complete their circumnavigation. An annual event also enables more people to join the rally.