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 at all stores nationwide
● 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
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Tara - Land Ho! Fish On!
Mon 11-11-2013. 0524 hrAll hands on deck! We've left the lights of Anegada to port and the Caribbean 1500 finish line astern! Captain Mark pops the cork! Glasses are raised, toasts are made. Cheers to an amazing passage with read more...
Free Spirit - Life at sea has never been better
We treated ourselves to fresh water showers, since after all Saturday night is bath night, thanks to prudent water management resulting in an ample supply.We finally had some wind and were able to take advantage of the main with only the first reef read more...
Wings & Moonshadow Take Top Honors at the ARC Caribbean 1500 Prizegiving. 15/11/2013
Thanks to the early departure from Portsmouth and a particularly fast passage this year, the ARC Caribbean 1500 prizegiving celebration happened a... more info
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Caribbean 1500: Lessons Learned from a Challenging Passage
Five more yachts arrived into Nanny Cay overnight last night, leaving only seven more at sea. Slow Dancing, the Island Packet who re-started last week after disembarking a sick crewmember, is the only yacht not to have left the Chesapeake. They were forced to return a second time when an errant wave fried their SSB radio.... more info