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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.

From Time of Registration:
● Discount at Fawcett Boat Supply in Annapolis, from the day you register until the start of the rally
● ARC DelMarVa Rally Handbook and confirmation pack (including special offers)
● ARC DelMarVa flag
● ARC DelMarVa Newsletter (4 during build up to event) – advice about participation/equipment
● Discounted chart and pilot book order service
● Attendance to a full-day seminar on April 29, 2017, on offshore sailing and DelMarVa route planning and navigation. *This seminar is mandatory for at least 2 crew members

In Annapolis, pre-start:
● Welcome Pack
● ARC DelMarVa number banner (if required by organizers)
● Captains’ Briefing (including weather information)
● Farewell party

During the Rally:
● Float plan filed with USCG
● Radio net (run between the boats)
● Daily weather forecast
● Tracking of yacht positions, including loan of a satellite tracker
● Display of positions on ARC DelMarVa event website

In Portsmouth at completion of Leg 1
● Dinner in historic downtown Portsmouth
● Special pricing on dockage and services
● Captain's Briefing before Leg 2 start

On Delware Bay at completion of Leg 2:
● Welcome party
● Captain’s Briefing for C&D Canal and Leg 3

In Annapolis, after Leg 3
● Welcome on arrival
● ARC DelMarVa awards ceremony


RALLY NEWS

Sailing the loop with ARC DelMarVa 2017 .
14/07/2017

On June 23rd, 12 boats in this year’s ARC DelMarVa fleet assembled in Annapolis for the Rally Skipper’s Briefing and social Happy Hour held at the Chesapeake Sailmakers loft. Participants from eight states were amongst the crews, many familiar with sailing the protective waters of the Chesapeake Bay, but excited at the prospect of an offshore leg sailing outside the peninsular from Portsmouth,... Click here for more info..

Meet the WCC Team at the Annapolis Boat Show, 2016.
23/09/2016

The Annapolis Boat Show takes place as usual in October, from 6-10 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..

ARC DelMarVa 2016 is in the books!.
26/06/2016

Officially, 23 boats completed the 450-mile loop around the DelMarVa peninsula, wrapping up the festivities last night at the prize giving dinner at the Eastport Democratic Club in Annapolis. While ARC DelMarVa is a non-competitive event, lots of fun, made-up prizes were given out to raucous applause from the crews. The crew of Dawn took home top honors with the Weems & Plath Navigators... Click here for more info..
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29/06/2017

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...

28/06/2017

Meritage - Log entry 3: Cape May!

We survived our Ocean journey! The day started in Virginia and ended in New Jersey! Thats pretty cool for a bay sailor like me. Highlights include:1. Motoring out of Portsmouth with a surface submarine (and his armed patrol boat escort) beside read more...

28/06/2017

Social Security Statement - Log 2 Norfolk to Cape May

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...

28/06/2017

Social Security Statement - Norfolk to Cape May Video on YouTube

I will be posting a video of Social Security Statement’s Delmarva Rally episode on my YouTube Channel:Sailing Epoch.I captured some of you other Ralliers along the way.Stop by the Channel and Subscribe to watch! Regards,Craig SavageauSST Crew read more...

26/06/2017

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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TESTIMONIALS
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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