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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
● Rally Handbook, including local info and ocean sailing tips
● 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)
● 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


RALLY NEWS

Caribbean 1500 and ARC Bahamas - now open for 2018.
12/06/2018

Thinking of sailing south this autumn? Come and join the fleet as we head off towards the warmer climates of the Caribbean and South Atlantic Seas!We are delighted to announce that the Caribbean 1500 will once again be hosted by Nanny Cay Marina in Tortola. After the extensive storm damage last year, staff and salvage teams worked extremely hard to restore facilities in time for the arrival of... Click here for more info..

A Job Well Done! - Caribbean 1500 2017.
29/11/2017

Another Caribbean 1500 has come and gone! Last week concluded the 28th Caribbean 1500 with Zenlatitude arriving to the docks around 8:00AM. The crew of Zenlatitude was greeted with loud toots from the airhorn and a rowdy crowd lined up on the dock. All this, despite having headwinds and sporadic squalls for the last several days of their journey…But with their successful completion of the rally,... Click here for more info..

Day 5 at sea.
10/11/2017

It's a new dawn, it's a new day and the crews are feeling good!Day 5 at sea and by now those on the leg to the BVIs have shaken off their 'landlegs', are well into their watch rotations and have settled into life at sea.For those headed to the Bahamas landfall is in sight and the trappings of land will be soon upon them - wifi, hot showers and cold beverages.         ... Click here for more info..
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18/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 14

Day 14-Nov 18th.Last night, fuel got critical enough for two of the boats, they had to be assisted by a passing cargo ship. Rumor had it, the same ship helped both of them out. The U.S. Coast Guard had to get involved in both of these instances. At read more...

17/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 12

Day 12-Nov 16th.Not all days transmitting HF signals through the ionosphere are created equal. This morning we connected with the station in Virginia Beach immediately. Unfortunately, I made contact about 5 minutes before the morning position read more...

15/11/2017

Numada - log day 11 dolphin day

Our day started with a beautiful sunrise and a pod of about 10 dolphins who came to play under our bow: of course by the time we woke the children up and brought them outside, they were all gone.Dolphins showed up again at lunch time and it was read more...

15/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 11

Day 11-Nov 15th.It's quite clear to us, we are not going to make the medal ceremonies, let alone, get a spot on the podium. We'll be glad if the tents are still up, and there is still a slice of pizza left, when we arrive. Even some discarded crust read more...

14/11/2017

Air Power - Log day102

Day 10-Nov 14th.A couple of weeks before we departed the Washington, DC area to meet up with the World Cruising Club in Portsmouth, Va, we received a handbook in the mail. With all that we had to take care off, our main focus was on purchasing read more...


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TESTIMONIALS
We sold our house, bought a boat and entered the ARC Bahamas as a way to get us started on our cruising dream. We are a family of three, traveling with our 12 year old son. The WCC seminars in Annapolis and Portsmouth really helped to prepare us and our boat for that first big step into cruising. The checklists and safety inspections gave us the confidence we needed for an offshore trip. Thanks to the WCC we have a whole network of cruising friends to help us keep cruising in safety and style.
Matt Gillman, sy Troubadour
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






FEATURES
World Cruising Club

Back to business in the BVIs

In September last year, Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction across the northern Leeward Islands, including the British Virgin Islands – home to the arrival of the annual ARC Caribbean 1500 each November, and departure of ARC Europe each May. The storm was one of the strongest to hit the region since records began causing the tragic loss of many lives, and devastating damage to homes and infrastructure throughout the region. Hurricane Irma, closely followed by Hurricane Maria struck the islands shortly before the start of their busy tourism season, but the message following was clear: the community wanted visitors to return, and everyone was pulling together to be able to give a warm welcome, especially to returning boaters.... more info


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