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ARC Bahamas



Cruise with friends and experience true offshore sailing to the Bahamas. The ARC Bahamas fleet sails from Portsmouth, VA at the mouth the Chesapeake Bay to Harborview Marina, in Marsh Harbor in the Abacos. The start port and dates make the most of the available weather to maximize your Bahamian cruising, and our week-long pre-departure program will get you relaxed and ready for cruising.

The low-lying and reef strewn Bahama Islands offer a remarkably beautiful cruising ground, but the islands also offer arguably more challenging sailing than the high and steep Eastern Caribbean. By joining ARC Bahamas, you’ll get expert advice on making landfall in the Abacos from professional sailors who’ve been in and out of the reef breaks on many occasions and in all kinds of weather.

Note that the best of the Abacos – and the rest of the Bahamas – are best experienced in a shallow-draft boat (5’ ideally). While yachts with six-feet of draft can enter Marshharbor and Harborview Marina, those with greater than six-feet of draft should consider ARC Caribbean 1500 and the deeper waters of the BVI.

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
● Bound Rally Handbook
● Access to World Cruising Club’s extensive online resources for offshore sailing
● Discounted chart and pilot book ordering

In Portsmouth VA:
● 2 free nights dockage at Ocean Marine Yacht Center
● Welcome Pack
● ARC Bahamas 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, 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 Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA)
● Position reporting Radio net
● Daily weather forecast sent by email
● Tracking of yachts, including loan of a satellite tracker
● Display of positions on rally website

In Marsh Harbor
● 2 days free docking at Harbor View Marina on arrival
● Customs and Immigration fees ($300 per yacht over 30ft and up to three crew).
● Welcome on arrival
● Local tourist information
● Full social program nightly
● ARC Bahamas awards ceremony
● Lectures on topics relating to cruising the Bahamas


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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09/11/2017

Enjoy - Engine problems still not resolved

Good thing we have two engines.With no wind, we've been motoring for days.Two days ago, the port engine just died on us.Don and Ken have been collaborating non stop to troubleshoot the issue(s).The theory is there could be both electrical and fuel read more...

06/11/2017

Enjoy - We have our very own yellow brick and it's got feathers!

First of all, we're alive and well and well fed.The crew loved Tali's coconut lime rice recipe, but hated the brussel sprouts smell.We made it through the gulf stream, and are catching an eddy now that give us current that helps us go South.We had read more...

05/11/2017

Enjoy - We're off to the Bahamas finally!

We've crossed the ARC starting line and are off to the Bahamas. To track s/v enjoy specifically load the ybtracker app. If you use the ybtracker app, you'll want to go to the fleet tracker and select a Rally or Race. Choose ARC Bahamas. That read more...

09/11/2016

Exit Strategy - November 07

AT 7:53 AST, 6:53 EST Exit Strategy is at 32-12.05 N/ 074-46.85 W on course for the Bahamasmaking about 6.5 knots.  All is well. read more...

09/11/2016

Breeze On - We are getting there

We are 143 miles from the Bahamas. It is a beautiful, warm day with a clear sky. The water around us is that gorgeous shade of deep blue. During my evening watch the wind dropped and the sails flogged. We decided to motor sail as long as the winds 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
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






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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