RYA Active Marina are delighted to be joining forces with rally experts World Cruising Club and Practical Boat owner magazine to offer both novice and experienced sail cruisers the chance to join the first-ever ARC Channel Islands in August 2016.

This rally is open to well found sea going boats with a minimum of two crew, and starts from Gosport Marina before cruising in company to Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey and Cherbourg. The fleet will be accompanied throughout by the Hamble School of Yachting lead boat, with professional YMI skipper and WCC staff aboard. Passage planning advice, tidal and cruising information will be available at the preparation seminar held in Spring 2016, which is open to all sailors whether taking part in the rally or not.

Anyone attending the Southampton Boat Show can find out more at the launch party and information event, to be held at the RYA Lounge on Sunday 13 September from 1530-1700. There will be experts from the World Cruising Club, the RYA and Channel Island harbours on hand to answer any questions you may have, as well as participants from previous RYA Sail Cruises. You can register to attend the launch party for free at

Guy Malpas, RYA Yachting Development Manager, believes the ARC Channel Islands will offer a new adventure for both beginner and experienced sailors alike. “Whether you have crossed the channel before or not, this is a great opportunity to do so in the company of an RYA-qualified instructor and like-minded sailors. RYA Active Marina is delighted to be part of what I`m confident will be a very successful and enjoyable event.”

Jeremy Wyatt from World Cruising Club explained the background to the new rally. “We are very pleased to be working with RYA Active Marina to promote safe and social cruising. ARC Channel Islands offers a mix of preparation advice and support from a lead boat, combined with a cruise-in-company and a great social atmosphere. Boat owners, charterers and their crews will have the opportunity enjoy many highlights that make the Channel Islands so popular with cruising sailors whilst gaining more experience sailing further afield as part of an organised event.”

Christian Koefoed-Neilsen took part in the 2010 RYA Sail Cruise to Cherbourg and the Channel Islands aboard his Hallberg Rassy 37 ‘Psyche’ and believes cross-channel rallies are an excellent way of developing all-round boating skills. “It was very well organised, there was an interesting mix of people and boats, and it was great to meet the other participants during our trip. This was a very good way of boosting one's confidence in making longer cruises and passage planning.

“My crew and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip, and I'm glad to see the RYA and the WCC are now doing something similar. Without hesitation, I'd recommend a cross-channel rally to anyone considering going, it's a very good platform on which to build your cruising.”

To celebrate the rally’s launch, leading chart publishers Imray are offering a set of Channel Islands charts and pilot books (worth £270) for a prize draw. Full details of the rally and how to win this prize will be revealed at the public launch on 13 September.

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