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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
• 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


RALLY NEWS

Oh boy we are in Bermuda.
13/05/2017

Bermuda Bermuda, she always has a curve ball to throw at the yachts that are visiting here.  This morning was a completely different place to the sunny Bermuda that we are used to.  There were a lot of arrivals early this morning and by the time Customs was due to open at 0800 we had 12 ARC rally boats on anchor.  This was the best place to keep them though as the winds in the... Click here for more info..

Halfway to Bermuda.
09/05/2017

The fleet is around the halfway mark to Bermuda and has been having some great sailing conditions in the SE trade winds for the first couple of days since leaving the BVI.  After a cracking start in the Drake Channel boats navigated their way through the islands and into clear water heading due north 845NM to Bermuda.  Some of the boats have been blogging about the night sailing, which... Click here for more info..

ARC Europe and ARC USA get under way .
07/05/2017

After a busy programme during the week in Nanny Cay Marina the 37 boats on ARC Europe and USA were ready to take the start on a windy Saturday morning. After checking out with Customs and Immigration the day before, receiving all the information for the next leg at the skipper’s briefing, having their last breakfast ashore, calling friends and family the boats left under the steel pan music to... Click here for more info..
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14/05/2017

Nordik Light - Near Key West, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Near Key West, Thursday, May 11, 2017So here we are, motor sailing along at 9 knots on a course of 350M, recently emerged from the Old Bahama Channel.  The current ran a knot or more against us all night and is against us now, as we run up the read more...

04/05/2017

Nordik Light - Thursday, May 4, 2017 Log

The last several days have involved attending ARC’s briefings on provisioning, flares, liferafts and the inspection of Nordik Light for preparedness for offshore passage making.  The hole in the foredeck has been sealed up in a very neat read more...

02/05/2017

Nordik Light - Crew Gathering for Nordik Light

Sunday, April 30, 2017Supposed to get up at 5am, but didn’t sleep well and was awake at 4:14.Got up 4:40;Sally was awake too.I trimmed my beard, shaved with Sally’s leg razor, mine being packed away, and showered.Had sea bag already closed up and read more...

07/06/2016

Exody - June 4th - Portsmouth, Annapolis, New York, Bristol, Newport

Exody completed ARC USA arriving in a grey and damp Portsmouth, Virginia two weeks ago today on Saturday May 21st.Motored most of the last 24 hours to beat the forecast deeper low.Portsmouth is well up the Elizabeth River, home to Uncle Sam's read more...

31/05/2016

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...


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TESTIMONIALS
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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