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Carib1500



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)
● Rig inspections by Southbound Yacht Rigging
● Discounted fuel polishing at Ocean Marine Yacht Center
● 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

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..

Go time for ARC Caribbean 1500 & ARC Bahamas crews!.
05/11/2017

It was an early start to the day but crews have been preparing a long time to get ready for the off and were all eager to slip lines and head south.  By around 0815 only two of the rally boats were still on the docks and they were busy getting lines ready.  Even with the start set for 1000  it's about an hour and a half to get out the Elizabeth River and into the... Click here for more info..

Rallies are open in Portsmouth, VA.
31/10/2017

It’s been a busy first half of the rally week, majority of the boats have arrived and safety inspections have begun.Those boats that did not complete the inspection continue to work on projects, even with plenty of preparation the list goes on and on.The Hampton Yacht Club was generous to offer frozen homemade meals such as Chicken Pot Pie, Lasagne and other options for our participants to... Click here for more info..
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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...

13/11/2017

Pytheas - Whale sighting

Whale sighting!!! We saw a small group 3-4 times about 50 yds off ourstern quarter over about a 10 min period. Unfortunately, none of us gotit on camera, so you'll just have to take our word for it.See you all in the BVI soon if we can keep read more...


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TESTIMONIALS
The Bahamas division of the Caribbean 1500 fit our plans perfectly. An easy 3 or 4 day sail with the absolute beauty of Green Turtle Cay waiting on the other end. The rally organization was fantastic. I highly recommend this route.
Bob Norton, sy Amour V
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






FEATURES
World Cruising Club

ARC DelMarVa, Caribbean 1500 & Round the World

For 26 years, the Caribbean 1500 has been the way to get south to the islands. Now, as World Cruising Club USA continues to develop other events closer to home and farther afield, its rallies are truly the way to fulfill your ocean sailing dreams.

There are several yachts who’ve used ARC DelMarVa as both an inspirational stepping stone and a practical test in getting their boats and themselves ready for bigger and longer passages. The 1500 is often that next step.

Photo shows Joe Reed & the Altair crew after another successful Caribbean 1500 passage. Joe is bound for St. Lucia and the start of World ARC in January 2017!

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