The longest-running ocean crossing rally in North America, the '1500' is a must-do for many cruisers.
The rally has two destinations: The Caribbean 1500 fleet sails from the Chesapeake to Nanny Cay on Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and the ARC Bahamas sails to Bluff House on Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos.
The start location 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.
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World Cruising Club USA Moves to Portsmouth, VA. 02/02/2013
World Cruising Club is proud to announce Portsmouth, Virginia as the new home port for its sailing rallies held on the east coast of the USA. The... more info
Caribbean 1500 2012 is a Wrap…Almost!. 19/11/2012
Caribbean 1500 2012 is a Wrap…Almost!19 November 2012The 2012 Caribbean 1500 - the 23rd edition of the annual event - is all but wrapped up in... more info
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The Decision to Depart Early
Steve Black, the Caribbean 1500 rally founder, confirmed that 2012 is the first time in the event's history that it actually left the Chesapeake early.
Fall on the US East Coast is always a difficult time for weather forecasting, and this year was perhaps the best (or worst, depending on your perspective) example of that. The challenge in planning an offshore voyage this time of year is the tight window between hurricane season and the winter weather pattern. Insurance companies won't let most yachts south of Cape Hatteras before November 1 (and they probably wouldn't want to be there anyway), but the longer you wait, the greater the chances of running into a big nor'easter offshore.... more info