ARC Baltic Rally
5th July – 19th August 2021
Organised by World Cruising Club, this is a chance to explore the many different cultures of the Baltic with a group of around 20 yachts. Sailing legs are relatively short, not normally more than 1 or 2 days on a passage, giving plenty of time to explore all the history and culture that the Baltic offers, as well as opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Swedish and Finnish archipelagos. Book on for either Leg 1 from Germany to Russia, or Leg 2, Russia to Sweden, or join us for the whole 6 week adventure!
Leg 1: 5th – 24th July 2021 (900nm)
Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia & Russia
The rally begins in the Yachthafen in Rostock, Germany setting sail on the 6th July to Rønne in Denmark where we can explore the town and nearby fishing villages of Bornholm. From there it's 200 miles on to Visby in Gotland. Known as the city of roses and ruins, this is a world heritage site and arguably the best preserved medieval town in Scandanavia. Sailing onwards, there will be a stop at the Swedish island of Gotska Sandön, before heading to Tallinn, which is the capital of Estonia. This medieval walled town is also a world heritage site with an impressive cathedral, numerous churches and pretty back streets.
St Petersburg, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. Inspired by Paris there are many Palaces, art galleries, cathedrals, theatres and churches to explore. The boat will be moored in Kronstadt a little way out of the city, as we are vertically challenged. Clearances will be happening during the day on the 22nd July leaving the 23rd and 24th to explore. The charter will finish on the 24th but of course there will be the option of taking a hotel for a few days before heading home if you would like to explore further.
Leg 2: 26th July – 19th August 2021 (680nm)
Russia, Finland, Sweden & Denmark
Joining the boat on the 26th July in Kronstadt there are a couple of days to enjoy the delights of St Petersburg before setting sail on the 28th July. You may decide to fly out earlier to have more time to explore St Petersburg before joining the boat. Our first port of call will be Haapasaari Island before arriving into the oldest yacht club in Finland, in Helsinki. There are two days to explore here before making our way to Mariehamn, a small Swedish town. En route we will explore the Åland Islands which are part of Finland.
From Mariehamn it is a short hop to Stockholm, which is surrounded by beautiful islands. There will then be the chance to enjoy the lovely scenery of the Swedish archipelago, and maybe take a swim in the clear waters before finishing the rally in Kalmar. Here there will be an organised tour to the Renaissance castle and a final dinner. Although the rally finishes here we will finish our charter in Copenhagen, so you will have the chance to explore here before heading home.
World Cruising Club crew fees: £475 per person per leg. As part of the crew fee there are organised tours in Rønne, Visby, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm and Kalmar as well as many social events and dinners in 5 of the stopovers.
World Cruising Club will also organise vouchers for St Petersburg, allowing crews to freely explore the city (this is a big deal). Click here for more information on the route, timings, distances and stopovers.
Note: You will be provided with a letter of invitation, which is necessary for obtaining a Russian visa, however, you will need to apply for the visa. For UK nationals this means going in person to an embassy in either London, Manchester or Edinburgh.
- Qualified and experienced skipper and first mate.
- Fully coded yacht, licensed to charter anywhere in the world.
- Full Category A medical kit.
- All onboard expenses.
- Onboard food and drinks.
- Tuition and guidance from two Ocean Yachtmasters.
- All safety equipment.
What's not included:
- Flights and transfers.
- WCC crew fees.
- Russian visa.
- Meals ashore (except those included with the crew fee).
- Wet weather gear.
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