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Carib1500



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.

What’s included:

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

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30/10/2014

Aviva - Getting ready to rally!

We moved into the Ocean Marine Center marina yesterday -- what a festive pre-rally environment, with almost all of the boats nicely dressed in flags.  Our neighbor, Moonshadow, noticed right off that our jack lines did not run all the way read more...

27/10/2014

Lone Star - 27 October 2014 - Rally Preparation

Portsmouth -Rally Check-in, Boat Inspection, provisioning, working onboat repairs and adjustments, seeing old friends and meeting new, happy hours at the Bier Garden - and it's only Monday!This why we do the Rallies.The 1500 is a unique read more...

25/10/2014

La Madeline - Arrived at Portsmouth

Left Annapolis on Thursday and sailed straight through as a shakedown cruise.My first time night sailing so thanks Skipper Scott Tobin for arranging the 20knot gusting winds! Kept me awake for the night shift:).  read more...

23/10/2014

Alchemy - Half Way to the Caribbean

After some nine weeks of travels and trials, we have made it to what I consider is our halfway point to the Caribbean, Portsmouth VA. This is the staging and departure point of the Caribbean 1500, our rally to the BVI. It’s been pretty crazy. I had read more...

22/10/2014

Adagio - Counting down!

So many things to do. It's not even 'the last minute' but it feels like it.  Robin said to me 'It is no wonder so many people never leave the dock!" and boy is she right. If we stayed till everything was just right, it would never happen.So, read more...


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TESTIMONIALS

Guys it was a great event and I'm going to, with my big mouth, tell the World! Although I excel in sailing through no wind, to be able to motor thru the light parts sure keep the crews moral up. Loved it all and thanks.
Randy West, sy Fat Cat
We want to express our deepest appreciation for all the many efforts of the staff of the World Cruising Club, having just completed three amazing weeks of our first Caribbean 1500. The week of preparation was exactly what we needed to make our boat ready for the ocean passage that followed. Although the passage was exhilarating and challenging, with lightning storms and high seas, we felt prepared, and never unsafe. The memory of storms, rain, and exhaustion quickly faded, replaced by memories of the majesty of the ocean, wind, and starlit skies. The week of celebration in Nanny Cay was a perfect way to deepen the friendships made and to make improvements on the boat based on our experience of the ocean passage. Each of your staff was knowledgeable, engaging, and helpful, but special mention must be made of the team of Andy and Mia who cheerfully shared their passion for sailing, and who consistently went out of their way to ensure that all of us had a great experience.
Merrill Brown, sy Serenity


NEWS
World Cruising Club

Tick, tick tick…Clock is running on the countdown to the 25th Carib1500. 29/10/2014

The weather at Ocean Marine has been downright summery. Temperatures touched 80º both yesterday and today. Despite some mid-afternoon clouds and the... more info


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FEATURES
World Cruising Club

Former USCG Rescue Swimmer on Offshore Safety

“Every incident offshore could have been prevented before they ever left the dock. It’s all about preparation. Even in bad weather, it’s the preparation that will determine the outcome.”

-Mario Vittone, Former USCG Rescue Swimmer

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