I am here (in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands) and I have supported numerous ARC crews over last 3 years.
Try to arrive into Puerto Deportivo (Marina Las Palmas) so that you can catch up with all the seminars and social life. Otherwise, Las Palmas does not offer all that much and perhaps you would rather take your time and check whatever the other islands have to offer - there are outstanding things on Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Gomera, el Hierro and La Palma too! If you have never been here before and have any problem choosing the must sees I can give you some tips.
Remember the ARC starts late so do NOT delay your departure from the peninsula (Spain/Portugal). It is much less of an issue if you are going to visit Marocco on your way down.
For now the local boatyard IS NOT functional and it is hard to say when it will be up and running again. It may be still down when you arrive so plan your haul out
accordingly. There is wifi
in the marina now.
There is a more strict attitude with the infamous lighthouse tax now so keep your receipt when you pay the first share. If you do not have the receipt, you can get charged twice. It is a bit of money
- so get the receipt and keep it.
You will get a full package info from ARC.
Should you need any local knowledge I am always willing to share.