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ARC USA is a great way to end the Caribbean sailing season and make a real cruise of the passage back to the East Coast. Sail in company from Nanny Cay, Tortola BVI to St George’s Bermuda, then on to Portsmouth, Virginia or other East Coast ports, or from Nanny Cay to Fort Lauderdale via the Old Bahama Channel.

Most people join a World Cruising Club rally for the security and peace of mind of an organized event; for the camaraderie and friendship of a large group of like-minded people; and for the fun of sailing in a fleet of boats. Sailing ability isn’t the deciding factor for joining a rally; some of our crews join the rally every year and have sailed with us many times, over tens of thousands of ocean miles. It’s the peace of mind that comes from having the support of a professional team in port to help before departure and to meet you on arrival, plus daily weather information, radio contact and satellite tracking at sea.

What do the entry fees include?
Before you even get to the start, we help with your preparations by providing a digital Rally Handbook and rally newsletters, and we’re here to answer your questions by phone or email.

From Time of Registration:
• West Marine discounts at all stores nationwide
• Digital Rally Handbook
• 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

In Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola:
• ARC USA flag
• Safety equipment inspection
• 3 days complimentary docking before the start
• Full social program including welcome party and farewell dinner
• Customs and Immigration clearance in Nanny Cay
• Pre-departure captains’ briefing with weather information

On passage at sea:
• Float plan filed with USCG and Bermuda Radio
• Radio net
• Daily weather forecast sent by email
• Tracking of yachts, including loan of a satellite tracker
• Website for publishing boat positions, blogs and photos

In Bermuda:
• Liaison with Bermuda Radio for pre-arrival information
• Full social program, including prize giving dinner
• Application for Head Tax waiver
• Liaison with Customs and Immigration authorities
• Captains’ briefing including weather and Gulf Stream forecast

In Portsmouth, VA or Fort Lauderdale, FL:
• Welcome on arrival
• Social program
• Liaison with Customs and Immigration authorities
• Discounted marina docking


Countdown continues.

With little over a month now until the start of ARC Europe & ARC USA on May 9th yachts will be closing in on the two start ports of Nanny Cay in the BVI and Portsmouth, Virginia. Since January entries have continued to come in thick and fast, with a waitlist even having to be set up to control numbers.44 yachts are currently entered in ARC Europe and 21 in ARC USA!This is certainly the... Click here for more info..

ARC USA starts May 9th.

With 3 months to go until the start from Nanny Cay 19 confirmed entries is a great number and ARC USA is showing it’s a popular choice for those yachts wanting to make their way from the Caribbean to the East coast of the USA.Many like ‘Crazy Horse’ and ‘Karina’ are returning to their home ports after a season down the islands, whilst others like ‘Merlyn of Poole’ are heading that way to explore... Click here for more info..

Avanti & Corsair Take Top Honors at the 25th ARC Caribbean 1500 Prizegiving.

In the slowest year since 2011, with the last boat still at sea as we go to press – with nearly 100 miles yet to go – the ARC Caribbean 1500 prizegiving last night was more of a milestone than a final ceremony.“I usually end this evening thanking everyone and scurrying off to bed!” said event manager Andy Schell at the conclusion of the awards. “But we’ve got four boats coming in tonight, so... Click here for more info..
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Nirvana - Nirana: Day 5

We see Cuba!But first early this morning: the night watch was rough with rough see's and heavier wind...we asked for wind but geez.Rich hung tough through dawn outside of Great Inagua Island where the daylight revealed "confused seas".Eddie said it read more...


Free Spirit - Free Spirit 3- Please send wind

We're motoring along, off the coast of the Dominican Republic, making agonizingly slow progress while sucking diesel fumes. Hard to sail when there isn't any wind. Our big excitement was celebrating Brandon's birthday yesterday. We surprised him read more...


Nirvana - Nirvana: Day 4 Morning

Greetings from N20.12 and W71.26!We saw luminous green algae in our wake last night for miles.It was a welcomed and entertaining find.Still, no rain and we continue to be fortunate with weather excepted for favored winds. We motor sailed as long as read more...


Nirvana - Day 3 Evening

Had a lovely sail in the morning then the wind died.Went for swim.Now, motoring into the sunset. read more...

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Once again we would like to thank you for organizing a fantastic event. We are so glad to have taken part. Especially we would like to thank Lyall, Nick and Andy who did a superb job throughout. We really enjoyed the few days in Bermuda and have promised ourselves to return there before too long.
Chris & Nirit Slaney, sy Passepartout
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

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