Since its inception in 1986, the ARC has become a popular way to sail across the Atlantic, because of its all-around appeal. Theres plenty of room for the serious racer, the gentle cruiser, the family, and, of course, the sailing gadabout, with events out of the water as crucial as they are on it. "The ARC seems to grow and grow in popularity every year, and this year were delighted to have furthered the appeal to so many different countries," commented Andrew Bishop, general manager of the World Cruising Club. "This demonstrates the increasing popularity of cruising across the globe and how important the ARC is for bringing these nationalities together. "Having organized the rally for 16 years, weve come to learn about what our participants want and have the experience to make the event challenging, worthwhile, and safe."