The longest-running ocean crossing rally in North America, the '1500' is a must-do for many cruisers. The ARC Caribbean 1500 fleet sails from Portsmouth, VA at the mouth the Chesapeake Bay to Nanny Cay on Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The start port and dates make the most of the available weather to maximize your Caribbean sailing, and our week-long pre-departure program will get you relaxed and ready for cruising.
Without a doubt the most difficult part of getting to the Caribbean is timing the weather window before departure. Fall on the East Coast is squeezed between late summer hurricane season and early winter gale season. By joining the 1500, you can rest assured that the ‘experts’ are there to take the pressure off of that decision. Our support team consists of professional ocean sailors working closely with our weather forecasters at WRI to ensure the fleet makes it across the Gulf Stream and into warmer waters in the best possible conditions.
Before you even get to the start, we help with your preparations by providing a comprehensive Rally Handbook and regular newsletters, and we’re here to help you find crew and answer your questions by phone or email.
From Time of Registration:
● West Marine discounts via the Annapolis store
● Bound Rally Handbook, including local info and ocean sailing tips
● Free rig inspections anytime at Port Annapolis Marina
● Access to World Cruising Club’s extensive online resources for offshore sailing
● Discounted chart and pilot book ordering through website
In Portsmouth VA:
● 2 free nights dockage at Ocean Marine Yacht Center
● Welcome Pack
● ARC Caribbean 1500 boat flag
● One issue of SAIL Magazine and an annual subscription for each skipper and crew member
● Safety equipment inspection
● Lecture program (Gulf Stream crossing, rigging, weather, provisioning, first aid)
● Rig inspections by Southbound Yacht Rigging
● Discounted fuel polishing at Ocean Marine Yacht Center
● Safety demonstration (live flare and liferaft demonstration)
● Comprehensive social program nightly
● Skippers’ Briefing
● Welcome Party
● Farewell Party
On passage at sea:
● Float plan filed with USCG and Virgin Islands Search & Rescue (VISAR)
● Position reporting
● Radio net
● Daily weather forecast sent by email
● Tracking of yachts, including loan of a satellite tracker
● Display of positions on ARC Caribbean 1500 event website
In Nanny Cay:
● Welcome on arrival
● Customs clearance at Nanny Cay – avoid stopping at Soper’s Hole
● Local tourist information
● Full social program nightly
● ARC Caribbean 1500 awards ceremony
● 2 days free docking at Nanny Cay on arrival
● Lectures on topics relating to cruising the Caribbean
Search Boat Logs..
Lone Star - Fwd: Nanny Cay
The crew of Lone Star completed the transit from Portsmouth, Virginia to Nanny Cay, Tortola at 1512 hours on the 12th of November. We were first across the finish line for the racing division boats. Do not know how we will fare after we read more...
Aviva - Land Ho!!
After 48 hours of motoring through calm waters, it was with great pleasure that we turn off the engine last night with 8-10 knots of east wind, able to sail our final night and day.After dark, off the transom in the water churned up by the prop, we read more...
Lone Star - arrival at Nanny Cay
The crew of Lone Star completed the transit from Portsmouth, Virginia to Nanny Cay, Tortola at 1512 hours on the 12th of November. We were first across the finish line for the racing division boats. Do not know how we will fare after we turn in our read more...
Aviva - Fish story
As you might infer from our earlier blog post containing haiku, we caught a mahi on Nov 12.What a beautiful fish!It measured 27 inches.It was hard to do it, but we are fish-eaters, so we processed and had a fish dinner, with two more dinners in the read more...
Opportunity - Almost there!
Hi Everybody,It's Friday morning, the 12 day out, and we are within 60 miles of Tortola! It is promising to be another warm sunny day, our 12th in a row. The moon is now on the wane, but has also been a faithful presence each night, as have many read more...
The Bahamas division of the Caribbean 1500 fit our plans perfectly. An easy 3 or 4 day sail with the absolute beauty of Green Turtle Cay waiting on the other end. The rally organization was fantastic. I highly recommend this route.
Bob Norton, sy Amour V
We sold our house, bought a boat and entered the ARC Bahamas as a way to get us started on our cruising dream. We are a family of three, traveling with our 12 year old son. The WCC seminars in Annapolis and Portsmouth really helped to prepare us and our boat for that first big step into cruising. The checklists and safety inspections gave us the confidence we needed for an offshore trip. Thanks to the WCC we have a whole network of cruising friends to help us keep cruising in safety and style.
Matt Gillman, sy Troubadour
Experts share their cruising knowledge. 07/01/2015
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