A fleet of 31 boats participating in the World ARC circumnavigation departed Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia on Jan. 11, beginning an epic 26,000-mile adventure around the world in 15 months.
World ARC is a circumnavigation rally for cruising boats, with a mix of organized stages and free cruising.
The first yacht across the start line was one of the smallest boats in the fleet, the 42-foot British flagged Firefly. The boats have 1100 miles ahead of them before exploring the San Blas islands of Panama, where another nine boats will join World ARC.
The 40-strong fleet will then transit the Panama Canal before setting off across the Pacific for Australia stopping at some of the most idyllic Pacific islands en route, including Galapagos, Hiva Oa, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Niue, Vava'u, Fiji and Vanuatu.
Some boats will leave the rally in Australia, with more joining for the restart of the second half of the adventure from Darwin in September 2014.