When it's time to head north, wrap up your Caribbean winter with a bang! Join the West Marine Atlantic Cup fleet for the fun race from Tortola, BVI to the Chesapeake.
The event is scheduled to start May 12 from hospitable Village Cay Marina in Road Town, Tortola, BVI. The event takes place a week after the conclusion of Antigua Sailing Week, allowing crews to join in the race north. A volunteer crew list will be available to skippers, to help round out crews.
The fleet will gather at Village Cay on May 10 for registration and briefings. En route, professional weather forecasting will be shared daily by the fleet. Twice daily radio chats will include position reporting and keep the fleet in touch. Finishes will be taken at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
Send-off parties are planned for Village Cay and the Royal BVI Yacht Club, with an awards dinner at Hampton (VA) Yacht Club.
The West Marine Atlantic Cup is open to seaworthy yachts of any type or nationality. The lower size limit shall be 34 feet LOA. All boats must pass inspection and must be sailed by two or moresailors, with final determinations made by the Event Committee. There must be at least one experienced offshore sailor on board.
Responsibility for self-sufficiency, safety, handling emergencies and for any accident or mishap will rest with the skipper, owner and crew as specified in the Rules and Conditions for this event. No liability or other responsibility is accepted by the organizers or sponsors toward the entrants, nor toward third parties with whom the entrants may become involved.
Volunteer Crew Registry
Skippers seeking crews should contact us for a list of volunteers. Normally, it is the responsibility of the crew member to provide transportation to and from the event, and the skipper's responsibility to furnish provisions for the time underway. Sailors wishing to volunteer as crew should simply complete and send to us a crew registration form.
Village Cay Marina and Hotel
Tel: 284 494-2771
Mailing address: PO Box 145, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Downtown Hampton Public Piers
Tel: 757 727-1271
756 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669
Thanks to West Marine for continuing its important sponsorship of these fun races and seminars. Our friends at West Marine help our participants in many ways.
The entry fee is $700 per boat plus $45 for each person participating in the event.
Veteran Caribbean 1500 skippers will receive a $100 discount.
Crewmembers under age 17 are 2/3 price;
Crewmembers under age 10 are 1/2 price.
A $100 nonrefundable deposit is required for all boats to secure a position.
Balances are due 30 days prior to the start.
Applications are available at www.carib1500.com