One place available on Challenger 72 for ARC Transatlantic Race


First Class Sailing have entered a Challenger 72 in this year’s ARC race and have one place left with which they invite RTYC members to take part in the race.

The yacht itself has a steel hull and has been designed and built to circumnavigate the globe, a feat it has done twice. Their Skipper Ricky Chalmers is a Yachtmaster Instructor who has lots of ocean sailing/racing experience and has been round the world twice himself. He recently did the Fastnet Race on the same yacht and wrote a very enlightening blog about the experience.

The Challenger 72 can sleep up to 16 people and there are only have 5 places left. The people already booked on the yacht range from experienced Competent Crew to Racing Veterans and are a mix of male and female from all ages.

The race starts in the Canaries in November and is across the Atlantic to St Lucia in the Caribbean, giving you circa 2700 nautical miles in your log book. You will be racing around 200 other yachts and it’s a great opportunity to practise with a sextant.

There is a training weekend out of Portsmouth on 7th and 8th November. You would then join the yacht in Las Palmas in the Canaries on the 19th November for the Race start on 22nd November. You can expect the crossing to St Lucia to take 14 days or so. You would need to leave the yacht on 14th December and would be returning home with a sun tan and some tropical Christmas shopping done!

The price is £3137 for Royal Thames Yacht Club members, including family and friends (10% discount) and includes insurance, but not flights to Las Palmas or back from St Lucia.
If this sounds like an adventure you want to undertake please visit our site here or if you have any questions then do call/email First Class Sailing: 0203 006 3717, Email:

Further information can be found here.