If you are planning to take part in the ARC rally, you would benefit from the experiences of those who have already made a transatlantic journey. The 2017 rally alone saw about 254 skippers and they all had their share of repairs and spares or had to make up for their absence in other ways. There are lessons to learn from their experiences.
The skippers of 2017 and 2016 ARC rallies were quizzed and 60 percent stated that they faced breakage of some kind. As per feedback gained from the skippers, most stated that the guidelines, as well as requirements of minimum gear that is listed out, are quite helpful in ensuring most of the vital gear that is required. One of the common problems during trade wind crossing is that of chafe damages and ripped sails. Another point that emerges is the importance of having helmsman electronic equipment on board. It is necessary to have a backup of a single autopilot. Some yachts also have two systems of autopilots as well as two systems of steering. Others equip themselves with a wind vane as well a computer with their autopilot drive. The wind vane is carried when autopilots fail or when batteries do not have enough charge for running the autopilot.