The 2,700 mile ARC Transatlantic from Gran Canaria to St Lucia should be on every sailor's bucket list.
The race starts in Las Palmas on 25th November and will take Scarlet Oyster between 14 and 20 days depending on how The Trade Winds blow. So we should arrive in Rodney Bay between the 9th and 15th of December. Those that want to stay for a, well deserved, holiday might want to hang on for the prize-giving party on 22nd December before heading home for Christmas.
You can expect a variety of conditions but it rarely blows more than Force 6, hopefully most of the passage will be downwind and there'll be plenty of sun. Daily radio scheds among the fleet will enable us to see how we're doing and we'll be aiming to repeat our 2017 and 2014 overall wins in the racing division.
Less demanding on the crew than the Round Britain and Ireland or Middle Sea Races with great parties at both ends.
YOU MUST HAVE A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF SAILING EXPERIENCE IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE FULLY IN CREWING SCARLET OYSTER. WE HAVE ALLOWED FOR 2 TRAINING DAYS IN LAS PALMAS BUT YOU MIGHT ALSO WISH TO JOIN US FOR ONE OR 2 RACES IN THE UK MAY TO SEPTEMBER. (+ see previous experience & physical fitness below)
|Wednesday 21st November||
Arrive Las Palmas
|Thursday 22nd November||
|Friday 23rd November||
|Saturday 24th November||
Boat preparation including loading stores
|Sunday 25th November||
Start of the 2,700 mile 2018 ARC Transatlantic Race
|Monday - Saturday 9-15th December||
Arrive Rodney Bay St Lucia
|Saturday 22nd December||
Your Duties Onboard Scarlet Oyster
We expect all crew members to take part in every aspect of crewing Scarlet Oyster including: setting, taking down and packing sails (including spinnakers), reefing, all maneuvers, sail-trimming, keeping a lookout, steering, cooking and daily cleaning (including the heads!).
You will be assigned to a watch. According to the conditions and operational needs of the boat you might be on watch for, for example, 4 hours and then off watch for fours hours. However, all personal care, cooking, cleaning etc. is performed in your off watch, so you can't expect more than about 6-8 hours sleep in 24. There will also be times when all hands are required on deck for certain maneuvers.
Whist responsibility for race strategy and navigation will fall to the skipper and mate, they will involve all crew in their decision making process. Please remember though, that a racing yacht is not run as a democracy and the skipper's word is final.
Ideally you will have already competed in at least one offshore race. If not you must have undertaken a significant offshore passage under sail, taking an active part in crewing the boat, including standing night watches. You will need to know your susceptibility to sea-sickness and whether you can cope with it without the option of being put ashore.
You must be reasonably fit and exhibit sufficient stamina to perform your duties onboard for up to 20 days, standing watch in all weathers and sometimes enjoying very little sleep. Age is not necessarily a factor, although we cannot accept crew members under 18, however if you suffer from diabetes, a heart-condition or high-blood pressure we reserve the right to request that you undertake a medical and to refuse your booking. Of course you will be provide with a lifejacket but you should be able to swim.
What's Not Included:
You will be provided with a full list before your first race.
Please note that keeping weight to the minimum is crucial to performance and, with 12 crew, space is at a premium. So you will only be permitted to bring the very minimum of personal gear onboard. Expect to live in the same clothes for days on end.