Excerpted from ”Cruising via Rally”
By Joy Smith
Rallies can provide a good way for new cruisers to get their feet wet in offshore
A rally can provide education, hard information, and resources that would otherwise take weeks to assemble on one's own; and traveling with a knowledgeable group can be an on-the water safety
net for assistance with mechanical or medical
Blue Water Rallies Limited
This company, an offshoot of the Trade
Winds Round the World
Cruising Rally 1995 –97, was formed by its directors and participants. Contact Peter Seymour at www.yachtrallies.co.uk
~ Blue Water Round the World
Cruising Rally—leaves every two years from Gibraltar
along the trade
wind's equatorial route
~ Rally Antigua—leaves Gibraltar
via Tenerife en route
and the Caribbean
~ Oz Med Rally—departs from Darwin in Australia
each October and travels from the pacific and down under to the Mediterranean
~ Biscay Triangle—annual cruising rally in the Bay of Biscay.
Blue Water Sailing School
This Ft. Lauderdale, FL-based organization offers ASA
(American Sailing Association) offshore
and opportunities for on-the water experience. Contact Ted Wheeler at 954-763-8464.
~ Ft. Lauderdale to Bermuda—10 days, May 4 -13, 2002.
to Ft. Lauderdale—(Return trip) May 17 -26, 2002.
Small, but growing in popularity, this organization stresses a good weather
window and participant involvement and uses seminars, workshops, and cruising videos. Contact Jim and Marjie Favors at
~ The Round Delmarva (Delaware-Maryland-Virginia) 400 Cruising Rally—governed by the ORC (Ocean Racing
Council). Takes place each spring between end of May and beginning of June.
~ The New England
600 Rally—From Annapolis
, MD to Camden, ME with an intermediate stop in Newport
, RI. Takes place from mid-June to early July each year.
~ Snowbird Rally—from Block Island, RI to the Chesapeake Bay
, this event is run annually in late September. (Can connect from this to Caribbean
~ Nova Scotia
Adventure Cruising Rally—A new event from Camden, ME to Nova Scotia
500—Another new event that heads out from Beaufort
, NC to the Abacos;
Offshore Passage Opportunities
Hank Schmidt coordinates rallies and crews. Contact him at
West Marine Rallies
Two popular rallies organized by Steve Black and Hal Sufphen, which include passage
maker seminars and a large volunteer crew list and many amenities. Contact www.carib1500.com
~ Caribbean 1500—From Hampton, VA to Virgin Gorda, BVI; about 50 boats. Uses a gun start and cruisers have option to race
Cruising Rally—From Hampton, VA to St. George's, Bermuda and return. Combines ocean passage making with a week's relaxed cruising. June 16-July 1.
World Cruising Club
From the originators of the rally concept
, these events
are for yachts on a worldwide basis. Contact
~ Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)—follows trade wind
route from Canary Islands to St Lucia
every year. 150-plus boats is the usual turnout.
Europe—starts in St. Augustine, FL; also, from Antigua
in the West Indies.
~ BT Challenge—a 10-month race
around the world. US West Coast
Trade Winds Rallies
Royal Air Force Yacht Club holds rallies for cruising yachts. Amateur, non-commercial event sailed on a club-to-club basis. No racing
. Takes one to two years; seminars and rendezvous included. Contact
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”Cruising via Rally” By Joy Smith at: http://www.sailnet.com/collections/a...eid=smithj0011