ARC 2007 races ahead as World Cruising Club signs up the 200th entry


Since its inception in 1986 thousands of cruising enthusiasts have enjoyed crossing the Atlantic with the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). This year is no exception, with entries racing ahead and set to reach the upper limit of 225 yachts..

Commenting on the continuing popularity of the ARC, director of World Cruising Club, Andrew Bishop, said: “The ARC is special and for many cruising sailors it is the “must-do” event on their cruising calendar, whilst for others it provides the inspiration they need to help them achieve their ambitions to set off bluewater cruising .”

Fewer pirate attacks but “no room for complacency”


FORTY-one pirate attacks world-wide were reported to the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB).in the first three months of this year. This down dramatically from the 61 incidents reported in Q1 2006. But the IMB warns against complacency.
IMB director Pottengal Mukundan said: “We welcome the continued reduction in the number of reported attacks. There are however areas that continue to give cause for concern, notably Nigeria and Somalia. In addition, it is imperative that in those areas where the number of attacks has reduced that governments continue to devote sufficient resources to tackling the problem. Equally crucial is that all incidents are reported to the IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre, as it remains the only 24 hour point for reporting incidents worldwide. It is only when attacks are reported that it is possible to trigger effective law enforcement responses from the coastal states.”