CARIB 1500

Carib 1500

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 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 the1500, 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.

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From Time of Registration

  • Rally Handbook, including local info and ocean sailing tips
  • Access to World Cruising Club’s extensive online resources for offshore sailing
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At the Start

  • 2 free nights dockage
  • Welcome Pack
  • ARC Caribbean 1500 boat flag
  • Safety equipment inspection
  • Lecture program (Gulf Stream crossing, rigging, weather, provisioning, first aid)
  • Safety demonstration (live flare and life raft demonstration)
  • Comprehensive social program nightly
  • Skippers’ Briefing
  • Welcome Party
  • Farewell Party
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Spring Cove Marina Offerings

  • 30 days or more boat dockage discount
  • 50% off on short haul for bottom cleaning
  • 10% off yard invoices
  • Partnership with chandlery for discounted products
  • Quantum Sails (5% discount through specific supplier)
  • Free pump out at the slip
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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
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In Nanny Cay

  • Welcome on arrival
  • Assistance with clearance
  • Local tourist information
  • Full social program nightly
  • ARC Caribbean 1500 awards ceremony
  • 2 days free docking at Nanny Cay on arrival