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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:
● Discount at Fawcett Boat Supply in Annapolis, from the day you register until the start of the rally
● 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


The 27th Caribbean 1500 Wraps Up in Tortola.

For the third time in six years, the Caribbean 1500 got off a day ahead of schedule to take advantage of a promising weather window to get the fleet south. “Never waste a fair wind,” said Event Manager Andy Schell at the rally Skipper’s Briefing in Portsmouth, echoing a tradition sailors have adhered to for millennia. “We’ve got a good window - let’s go sailing!”Once offshore, it was a fast,... Click here for more info..

All Boats Have Completed Caribbean 1500 / ARC Bahamas 2016!.

Passion Place pulled into Nanny Cay Marina last night to raucous applause, loud toots from the airhorn and a rowdy crowd lined up on the dock. All this, despite their 2am arrival time…But with their successful completion of the rally, all boats have now arrived into Nanny Cay safe and sound and the yellowshirts can breathe a sigh of relief.“I think this might be the first time in my tenure as... Click here for more info..

All aboard the fun bus!.

The island tour has just left the marina with 50 of the crews in 2 buses set to see some of the delights of Tortola, the main island of the BVI group.One of the dangers of sailing to new places is that you get 'stuck' in the marina tinkering with things onboard and forget to see what is out there beyond the marina!The island tour will take around 4 hours and head to the top of the island and... Click here for more info..
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Starblazer - 27/11/2016 - Promises, promises!

No, I didn't write this just before leaving Tortola so no surprise there then, I hear you mutter!The afternoon tour around the west end of Tortola was interesting with stops at Soper's Hole (good ice cream), Bomba's Shack (scene of the reputedly read more...


Peacekeeper - End of Passage Report

The journey to BVI was completed at 0439 on 16 November as we crossed the finish line at Scrub Island.Three days have elapsed since our arrival and with an internet connection now it's time to reflect on the 11 day passage. Peacekeeper and it's read more...


Peacekeeper - End of Trip - Part 2

The enthusiasm and positive attitude got us to the finish intact. Captain and crew were still speaking even though we were anxious to have some space after 11 days at sea in close confines.Our combined efforts and skill resulted in a second place read more...


Remedy - Midnight 40 to go

We are on our final approach now, just east of Tortola and company to our east pushing for the same goal. Janette and I have taken every midnight to 8 am watch and tonight is no different. The sailing vessel to our port is the first since leaving read more...


Starblazer - 15/11/2016 - The end of this part of our journey

Sorry this is a bit later than intended but I wasn't on watch between 0500 and 0800 when I normally write my blog!As expected we reached Tortola mid afternoon on Monday and were safely tied up in the marina by about 1700.The day's run to noon was read more...

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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

World Cruising Club

ARC DelMarVa, Caribbean 1500 & Round the World

For 26 years, the Caribbean 1500 has been the way to get south to the islands. Now, as World Cruising Club USA continues to develop other events closer to home and farther afield, its rallies are truly the way to fulfill your ocean sailing dreams.

There are several yachts who’ve used ARC DelMarVa as both an inspirational stepping stone and a practical test in getting their boats and themselves ready for bigger and longer passages. The 1500 is often that next step.

Photo shows Joe Reed & the Altair crew after another successful Caribbean 1500 passage. Joe is bound for St. Lucia and the start of World ARC in January 2017!

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