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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:
• Discount at Fawcett Boat Supply in Annapolis, from the day you register until the start of the rally
• Digital Rally Handbook
• 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
• 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


RALLY NEWS

Bye Bye Bermuda!.
15/05/2019

Start Day dawned with clear blue skies and a light breeze.Perfect weather!It is always sad to be leaving the charming and stunningly beautiful island of Bermuda and especially St. George’s Town, but even more so when the sun is shining as it was for today's start of ARC Europe! Boats made their final preparations around 1000 ready for the start at 1100 local time. Due to the inclement weather... Click here for more info..

Prizegiving Leg 1 Nanny Cay to Bermuda.
13/05/2019

On Sunday evening, 125 crew members from the 32 ARC Europe/USA boats in St. Georges assembled at the Dinghy Club to enjoy an evening of celebrations marking the end of the first stage of their Atlantic crossing. The evening began with Gosling’s Rum Brand Director Andrew Holmes welcoming participants and guiding them through tasting samples of rum and sharing the story of their brand’s historical... Click here for more info..

ARC Europe & ARC USA arrivals in Bermuda.
11/05/2019

After 5 days at sea, the first boats of ARC Europe 2019 slipped quietly onto anchorage during the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning, 9th May.Just shy of 0500 local time, Oceanis, a Beneteau Oceanis 58, led the way through the clear crystal waters into St. George’s Town followed rapidly by Phantom and Sea Flute.A little too early for clearance, the boats waited patiently until the Customs Office... Click here for more info..
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16/01/2019

Blue Pearl - South Atlantic Ocean

We are about 700nm southeast from the island of St. Helena, the one of Napoleon fame, and 1050 nm northwest from Cape Town where we left a week ago for the South Atlantic Ocean passage. We expect to arrive in St. Helena on Monday (1/21) , stay read more...

14/05/2017

Nordik Light - Near Key West, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Near Key West, Thursday, May 11, 2017So here we are, motor sailing along at 9 knots on a course of 350M, recently emerged from the Old Bahama Channel.  The current ran a knot or more against us all night and is against us now, as we run up the read more...

04/05/2017

Nordik Light - Thursday, May 4, 2017 Log

The last several days have involved attending ARC’s briefings on provisioning, flares, liferafts and the inspection of Nordik Light for preparedness for offshore passage making.  The hole in the foredeck has been sealed up in a very neat read more...

02/05/2017

Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light

Sunday, April 30, 2017Supposed to get up at 5am, but didn’t sleep well and was awake at 4:14.Got up 4:40;Sally was awake too.I trimmed my beard, shaved with Sally’s leg razor, mine being packed away, and showered.Had sea bag already closed up and read more...

07/06/2016

Exody - June 4th - Portsmouth, Annapolis, New York, Bristol, Newport

Exody completed ARC USA arriving in a grey and damp Portsmouth, Virginia two weeks ago today on Saturday May 21st.Motored most of the last 24 hours to beat the forecast deeper low.Portsmouth is well up the Elizabeth River, home to Uncle Sam's read more...


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TESTIMONIALS
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
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






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