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ARC DelMarVa

Cruise with friends and experience offshore sailing in the Atlantic. ARC DelMarVa is the perfect opportunity to expand your horizons and gain experience sailing overnight and in the ocean, in the company of friends and with an experienced support staff not far away. The event is unique in the WCC portfolio, as it’s locally focused and organized from WCC USA’s home base in Annapolis by experienced Chesapeake Bay sailors, with the support of the local marine industry.

Sail 450 nautical miles under the full moon from Annapolis to Annapolis, counter-clockwise around the DelMarVa Peninsula over the course of a week. The rally is divided into three legs, each with their own distinct pleasures and challenges, and with stopovers en route to explore the area, meet friends and unwind with a party or two.

After the start off Annapolis, Leg 1 has yachts sailing the 130 miles overnight down the Bay to Portsmouth, VA, following the same route as the annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. The start is timed so that most yachts will arrive in daylight to navigate the busy channels of Hampton Roads. Leg 2 heads offshore, for the 150-mile jaunt into the Atlantic. After another stop along the Delaware Bay, Leg 3 sees yachts home again via the C&D Canal to Annapolis to complete the circle.

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.

ARC DelMarVa Rally Handbook and confirmation pack (including special offers)
ARC DelMarVa flag
ARC DelMarVa t-shirts for all crew
ARC DelMarVa Newsletter (3 during build up to event) – advice about participation/equipment
Discounted chart and pilot book order service
Access to WCC website participant forums
Attendance to a seminar on April 22 on offshore sailing and DelMarVa route planning and navigation. *This seminar is mandatory for at least 2 crewmembers

Annapolis, MD – Start
Welcome Pack
One issue of Sail Magazine
Skippers’ Briefing (including weather information)
Farewell party

At Sea
Position reporting radio net (run by participating yachts)
Twice-daily weather forecast
24/7 contact with Rally Control by phone or email
Tracking of yacht positions, including loan of a satellite tracker
Display of positions on ARC DelMarVa event website

Portsmouth, VA – Stopover 1
Happy hour in historic downtown Portsmouth
Special pricing on dockage and services
Skipper’s Briefing before Leg 2 start

Cape May, NJ – Stopover 2
Welcome on arrival
Special pricing on dockage and services
Ocean Passage party in Cape May
Skipper’s Briefing before Leg 3 start

Annapolis, MD - Finish
Welcome on arrival
ARC DelMarVa awards dinner


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Social Security Statement - Cape May to Home Port - Log 3

Social Security Statement left Cape May early Wednesday morning to get a head start!  We found a strong current exiting the marina and grounded.  After using our trusty bow thrusters and raising the mainsail, we’re able to break free and read more...


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Social Security Statement made it to Cape May safely.  We had a great sail coming out of Norfolk while narrowly missing a nuclear submarine!  We took a heading to about 20 miles offshore hoping for wind and found the doldrums.  The read more...


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Meritage - Log entry 3: Meritage

We completed leg 1! 150 nautical miles feom Annapolis MD to Portsmouth VA in exactly 24 hours. Lots of exciting firsts for me and the crew!At the end of the last blog, I was going to get some rest before my first nightwatch...I knew that falling read more...

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I wanted to say thanks for such a great trip. I am slowly getting back to "life" here in DC but am already missing that great experience.
Tim Foster, sy Molly Kate - 2014 ARC DelMarVa

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