ARC - Over de Atlantische Oceaan
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ARC – Across the Atlantic

The ARC is an opportunity for participants to cross the Atlantic safely as part of a group. Nearly 300 boats from over 35 nations set off every year in November from Gran Canaria to sail to the Caribbean.

SVB is an official partner of the ARC. In addition to the most important information about the rally, we also provide all the necessary equipment for you to take part.

Find out more about the ARC » Visit the official ARC website here »

The following equipment must be with you on board and should be inspected fully in your pre-departure safety check

To participate in the ARC rally, the official rally handbook provides information about equipment that must be carried and recommends additional equipment that is essential on board. For your reference, the following is an overview of all products available from us that meet ARC regulations.

1. Life rafts

You must carry a self-inflating life raft suitable for this purpose with sufficient capacity for all crew members. When selecting a suitable life raft, remember to choose one that is ideally large enough to accommodate the exact number of crew members, as this will have the best performance features. As a general rule, the life raft should comply with ISO 9650-1 (Class A) and include an emergency pack 2, which is designed to keep occupants safe for more than 24 hours. Please note that SEAGO, SEA MASTER and PLASTIMO TRANSOCEAN life rafts require an optionally available grab bag to comply with the ARC safety regulations for a >24h emergency pack.

Choose a place to store your life raft on board so that it can be launched within 15 seconds. The release line must always be fixed to a suitable attachment point on deck. If the life raft isn't firmly attached to the ship, it won't trigger when thrown into the water and can drift away.

2. EPIRBs

Any EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) carried on board must be floatable and activate automatically on contact with water or have manual activation. It transmits distress signals with a GPS position on the frequency 406 MHz (satellite frequency) and a search signal on 121.5 MHz (bearing frequency). Using the two frequencies in parallel speeds up the recovery process, as both surrounding ships and rescue helicopters can pick up the distress signal.

Communication equipment:

Communication equipment

3. SSB - Short wave marine radio

A short-wave marine radio system (SSB - Single Side Band) can be used to transmit over very long distances. In addition to maritime radio, shortwave is also used by aircraft and the military and is therefore crisis-proof. A shortwave radio system is required for participation in the World ARC in order to be able to communicate with other sailors on challenging sections. For the ARC it is not mandatory but recommended. All the information you need on the subject of SSB on board, with helpful hints and tips for installation and advice on choosing the right components, can be found in our SSB guide.

Learn more about SSB »

4. VHF - Very High Frequency marine radio

In addition to an SSB marine radio system, a VHF radio system must also be carried on board. The difference between the two types of radio equipment is that they use different frequency ranges. In order to comply with ARC regulations, VHF radio equipment must have an integrated DSC controller and an output power of at least 25 watts. The DSC controller can be used to send a distress call to all ships in the vicinity. In addition, a DSC controller enables direct calls from other vessels via the respective MMSI number. As well as an antenna in the mast, there must also be an emergency antenna for the VHF radio on board.

The following is a selection of all VHF marine radios that meet ARC safety regulations:

Productafbeelding van  GX2200E VHF marifoon
GX2200E VHF marifoon
Productafbeelding van ICOM IC-M605EURO VHF marifoon zendontvanger / met AIS en GNSS ontvanger
ICOM IC-M605EURO VHF marifoon zendontvanger / met AIS en GNSS ontvanger
€ 1.292,07
enkel
1.118 44 €
2
Productafbeelding van ICOM IC-M330GE VHF DSC marifoon
ICOM IC-M330GE VHF DSC marifoon
€ 312,92
enkel
284 66 €
> 66
Productafbeelding van  DSC VHF-radio GM600 Klasse A
DSC VHF-radio GM600 Klasse A
Productafbeelding van RAYMARINE RAY90 Black Box VHF-radio
RAYMARINE RAY90 Black Box VHF-radio
€ 1.082,95
enkel
965 92 €
4
Productafbeelding van RAYMARINE RAY91 Black Box VHF Radio / met AIS ontvanger
RAYMARINE RAY91 Black Box VHF Radio / met AIS ontvanger
€ 1.324,95
enkel
1.179 44 €
1
Productafbeelding van GARMIN VHF-radio 215i / met AIS ontvanger
GARMIN VHF-radio 215i / met AIS ontvanger
€ 853,10
enkel
752 39 €
2
Productafbeelding van B&G V60 VHF Radio / met Integr. AIS ontvanger
B&G V60 VHF Radio / met Integr. AIS ontvanger
€ 652,19
enkel
569 36 €
9
Productafbeelding van  V90S Black Box VHF Radio / met integr. AIS ontvanger
V90S Black Box VHF Radio / met integr. AIS ontvanger
Productafbeelding van SIMRAD RS40 VHF Radio / met Integr. AIS ontvanger
SIMRAD RS40 VHF Radio / met Integr. AIS ontvanger
€ 652,19
enkel
569 36 €
3
Productafbeelding van LOWRANCE LINK-6S VHF-radio
LOWRANCE LINK-6S VHF-radio
€ 289,19
enkel
260 25 €
9
Productafbeelding van LOWRANCE LINK-9 VHF Radio/ met Integr. AIS ontvanger
LOWRANCE LINK-9 VHF Radio/ met Integr. AIS ontvanger
€ 567,49
enkel
508 35 €
6
Productafbeelding van SIMRAD VHF-radio RS20S / met geïntegreerde GPS-antenne
SIMRAD VHF-radio RS20S / met geïntegreerde GPS-antenne
€ 404,14
enkel
355 83 €
3
Productafbeelding van B&G V20 VHF-radio / met geïntegreerde GPS-antenne
B&G V20 VHF-radio / met geïntegreerde GPS-antenne
€ 404,14
enkel
355 83 €
4
Productafbeelding van  VHF marifoon IC-M506GE / integr. AIS en GPS
VHF marifoon IC-M506GE / integr. AIS en GPS
Productafbeelding van RAYMARINE Ray53 VHF marifoon / integr. GPS ontvanger
RAYMARINE Ray53 VHF marifoon / integr. GPS ontvanger
€ 502,15
enkel
406 67 €
30
Productafbeelding van RAYMARINE Ray63 VHF maritieme radio / integr. GPS ontvanger
RAYMARINE Ray63 VHF maritieme radio / integr. GPS ontvanger
€ 635,25
enkel
538 86 €
11
Productafbeelding van RAYMARINE Ray73 VHF marifoon / integr. AIS en GPS ontvanger
RAYMARINE Ray73 VHF marifoon / integr. AIS en GPS ontvanger
€ 901,45
enkel
772 72 €
2
Productafbeelding van STANDARD HORIZON VHF marifoon GX1850GPS
STANDARD HORIZON VHF marifoon GX1850GPS
enkel
421 92 €
3
Productafbeelding van GARMIN VHF marifoon 115i
GARMIN VHF marifoon 115i
€ 487,05
enkel
437 18 €
2
Productafbeelding van B&G V60-B VHF-radio / met geïntegreerde AIS-transponder
B&G V60-B VHF-radio / met geïntegreerde AIS-transponder
€ 1.390,29
enkel
1.169 28 €
5
Productafbeelding van SIMRAD RS40-B VHF Radio / met geïntegreerde AIS Transponder
SIMRAD RS40-B VHF Radio / met geïntegreerde AIS Transponder
€ 1.390,29
enkel
1.169 28 €
3
Productafbeelding van ICOM DSC- en ATIS-radiosysteem IC-M423GE / geïntegreerd. GPS
ICOM DSC- en ATIS-radiosysteem IC-M423GE / geïntegreerd. GPS
€ 434,26
enkel
376 17 €
25
Productafbeelding van ICOM IC-M400BBE Black Box marifoon / integr. GPS
ICOM IC-M400BBE Black Box marifoon / integr. GPS
€ 542,81
enkel
477 85 €
5
Productafbeelding van STANDARD HORIZON GX1400G VHF marifoon
STANDARD HORIZON GX1400G VHF marifoon
€ 233,84
enkel
203 31 €
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5. VHF handheld radio

In addition to a permanently installed SSB and VHF marine radio system, a VHF handheld radio must also be carried on board. This must have a transmission power of at least 5 watts and be completely waterproof. As the handheld radio should be taken into the liferaft in an emergency situation, it is recommended to use a handheld radio which also has an integrated DSC controller and GPS function. This allows to make distress calls from the liferaft and rescue can be initiated as quickly as possible.

6. Passive radar reflector

The required deck equipment also includes a passive radar reflector. In an emergency, it must be mounted at a height of at least 5 m above deck (e.g. hoisted up on the flag line). A round radar reflector should have a diameter of 300 mm, a rectangular octahedron a diagonal of 405 mm. Having a radar amplifier does not mean that you are exempt from this requirement. This is because no signals would be transmitted by an electronic radar reflector in the event of a power failure on board.

The following passive radar reflectors in our product range meet ARC safety regulations:

AIS

7. AIS devices (Automatic Identification System)

Using AIS equipment on board is equally essential. AIS devices can be divided into pure AIS receivers and AIS transponders, which not only receive AIS signals from other ships, but also transmit the ship's own AIS data. With these devices it is possible to dynamically monitor the traffic situation on the water. Course and speed data of surrounding ships are automatically displayed, allowing early decisions to be made on collision avoidance, for example. Due to the heavy demands on equipment when crossing the Atlantic Ocean, it is worth considering purchasing an AIS SOTDMA (Self Organizing TDMA) transponder. Compared to conventional AIS transponders, SOTDMA devices transmit AIS data at a higher frequency. Furthermore, transmitted SOTDMA Class B (recreational shipping) signals are no longer blocked by Class A equipment used in commercial shipping.

An AIS transponder is mandatory for the World ARC, ARC/ARC+, ARC Caribbean 1500, ARC Europe and ARC USA. This must be connected via a low-loss antenna splitter to the VHF antenna in the mast head. Alternatively, a separate AIS antenna is permitted, which is at least 381 mm long and whose base is mounted at least 3 m above water.

To keep installation work to a minimum, it is recommended to use an AIS transponder with integrated splitter. This can be connected directly to the radio's existing VHF marine radio antenna.

Find out more about AIS »

Man-Over-Board

Man-Over-Board

In addition to the AIS systems that are permanently installed on board, each crew member is required to carry an AIS man-overboard transmitter. This must be correctly attached to the life jacket as per its activation mode.

The easyONE DSC CL is one of the AIS MOB maritime emergency transmitters which is especially recommended. To increase the chances of quick rescue, the easyONE DSC CL transmits a DSC emergency call to up to eight programmed MMSI numbers in addition to the AIS emergency signal.

8. Flares

Flares are an indispensable visual signal for emergencies at sea. These must comply with SOLAS standards and may not exceed the expiry date printed on them or be more than four years old from the date of manufacture. It is also important that they do not expire before the end of the rally. Pyrotechnic signalling devices must be stored in a watertight container together with protective gloves and goggles. The minimum equipment required is four red hand flares (two of which may be electronic) and two floating orange smoke flares.

Flares
Bilge pumps

9. Bilge pumps

A manually operated bilge pump must be installed on deck, which can be operated from there even when companionways and hatches are closed. It is also recommended to have a hand pump installed below deck. All removable pump handles must be attached to the deck with a rope so that they don't get swept away by waves or lost when heeling.

10. Navigation lights

Lights on the yacht must comply with international maritime traffic regulations at all times. The ARC therefore requires that two independently switchable navigation light circuits are available. In order to minimise installation work, we recommend installing the following three-colour light in addition to the existing navigation lights in place of the anchor light in the mast head.

Life jackets
Life jackets

11. Life jackets

A self-inflating life jacket with integrated harness must be carried on board for each crew member. A floatable life jacket must be carried for children under 40 kg.

The following standard equipment must be included with the life jackets: whistle, light, reflective stripes, crotch strap, spray cap, integrated AIS emergency transmitter (see next item AIS-MOB) and lifeline with a length of 2 m and three carabiners.

A life jacket can accidentally be lost overboard by itself and not necessarily in an emergency situation. In such a case it is very important to have the name of the ship and ideally the name of the owner written on the jacket with a waterproof pen. This allows quick contact with its owner to determine whether there has been an emergency or not.

12. Jackstays and hook-in points

On both starboard and port side and wherever necessary, jackstays must be positioned in such a way that crew members can move around the deck and cockpit with as few clipping in and out manoeuvres as possible. It's important to be able to clip in before stepping onto the deck to prevent possible going overboard.

The following jackstays from our product range meet ARC safety regulations:

13. Other mandatory equipment