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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


Meet the WCC Team at the Annapolis Boat Show, 2015.

The Annapolis Boat Show takes place as usual in October, from 8-12 October in the heart of the city. With lots of attractions at the show including new boat launches and equipment offers, we know many of you will be planning a visit, so here's a round up of World Cruising Club and our partners' activities at the show.World Cruising Club will have a booth in the show, come and say hi and talk... Click here for more info..

Tough leg to USA.

With most of the fleet now pleased to be ashore since starting from Bermuda last Monday we are starting to receive reports that it was a tough leg for everyone.  There wasn't much of the usual blogging from the boats at sea, giving updates along the way as crews were too busy & tired from the weather conditions at sea.  Vin, skipper of the Lagoon 450 'GEM', put it quite simply,... Click here for more info..

Weather Delay in Portsmouth, and Surprise Guest Mario Vittone!.

As the BVI Fleet heads to the starting line, the Portsmouth fleet continues to wait.“It’s disappointing,” said Ian Clarke, skipper of Zoom, “but then that’s ocean sailing. Sometimes it pays to be patient.”“There’s a named storm out there!” said one other crewmember. “I’m sure our insurance wouldn’t be too thrilled with us leaving either.”So now we wait. Unfortunately, we may be waiting a while.... Click here for more info..
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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
We have just had our safety equipment inspection and that alone has been worth the event entry fee!
Heidi Love, sy Centime

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