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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
• 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


ARC USA draws to a close in Portsmouth, VA.

ARC USA came to a close last night with a farewell supper in Olde Town Portsmouth at the Bier Garden, a popular German restaurant that also hosts events for the start of the ARC Caribbean 1500 in the fall - it must be the 200+ beers and great Bavarian food!Dinner was fun and there were crews from the recent World ARC Ayama, Exody, Hugur & Starblazer, Pure Elegance who sailed on the recent... Click here for more info..

Bye Bye Bermuda:(.

It is always sad to be leaving Bermuda, this place has a great charm and stunning beauty to it - especially when the sun is shining as it was for today's start of ARC Europe. Boats made their final preparations and started to slip lines from the Dinghy Club dock around 10am ready for the start at 1100 local time. The ARC USA leg back to the US is a non competitive leg and some of the boats... Click here for more info..

Busy Bermuda.

It has been a busy couple of days with duty free refuelling on Saturday followed by the Prizegiving for Leg 1 on Sunday.  With a heavy squall line coming across the island it made for a very wet and windy day but cleared up nicely going into the evening and crews descended on the Dinghy Club balcony which has the best views of the harbour.  The evening kicked off with a rum tasting... Click here for more info..
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Altair - Altair's lesson learned from the ARC USA

The 2016 ACR USA provided some insight into being prepared and having spares. In past I have operated that the Tri-Color Light was my primary navigation light system and my Navigation light were my backup. We left Tortola, BVI with all lights read more...


Starblazer - 25/05/2016 - Bermuda to the USA

We didn't make it 'up at first light' because I failed to start the kitchen timer!I woke up at 0630, early for me, woke John and we started pulling up the anchor at 0700.I don't think that missed hour proved too important.We motor-sailedall day read more...


Exody - May 19th - Weather !

Gale force gusts and sustained winds in the upper 20's befell our small ARC USA fleet last night as a low passed through, preceded yesterday with torrential rain and heavy cloud virtually all day.Exody was careering along under double reefed main read more...


Exody - May 15th: Blowy in Bermuda

It's Sunday lunchtime - the torrential rain and blustery westerly winds are abating and we may get out to be tourists.We are one of a dozen boats rafted up choc-a-bloc in the St George's Town Dock. It is a picture postcard little town with quaint read more...


Exody - May 17th: Bound for the Chesapeake

It is midnight and the three quarter moon is filtering through the cloud cover - it's pattern just like an inverted rippled sand beach.The canopy masks the stars but an aircraft trail, straight as an arrow crosses, the sky and the moonlight read more...

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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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Hiking the 'Gut' in Tortola

Last year the fleet had slow-going, making for a lazy few days in Tortola for the Yellowshirt team. Read their account of hiking the 'gut' behind Nanny Cay and up onto the mountains, a fantastic way to kill some time and a grand adventure!

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