Rallies

The Rallying Kind

by Charles J. Doane, Posted October 31, 2011
I’ve been on both sides of the fence when it comes to cruising rallies. My very first transatlantic experiences, way back in 1992, were in two cruising rallies organized by Jimmy Cornell, the man who can rightfully lay claim to having invented the concept when he launched the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), from the Canaries to the West Indies, in 1986.
Sign up for SAIL's 2014 Secrets of the ICW Seminar in Annapolis Maryland on October 12, the Sunday of the Annapolis Boat Show
AFTER TWO BOATS HAD BEEN ABANDONED, after people had been hospitalized, after we finally (and gratefully) reached the safety of Virgin Gorda, Steve Black, who had organized the rally, held a "debriefing" session."This is not something anyone would go through willingly," he explained to the crowd. "It's important that sailors have short memories."
SAIL's Snowbird Rally down the ICW announces a new stopover in Beaufort, South Carolina, complete with low-country dinner, music and free dockage
The ARC, which starts each November in the Canary Islands, is very much a European event and the Americans who run it are often a bit out of the ordinary. Without doubt, the least ordinary American boat in this last edition of the rally was the Gunboat 66 Phaedo.
The World ARC assists with material and logistical support and is a service that’s especially handy in places like Panama, a locale renowned for its paperwork, fees and Kafkaesque bureaucracy. It’s definitely nice to have somebody else take care of the hassles, and have the camaraderie that developes between sailors on a common journey.
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, which runs each November from the Canary Islands to the West Indies, is the most successful cruising rally in the world, with over 200 boats participating every year. It is also primarily a European event, with most boats hailing from Great Britain, Germany and Scandinavia. 
On board any cruising boat, charts and guides are pivotal for route-planning. But have you ever thought about how those guides are created? We checked in with the co-authors of an ICW cruising guide to get the skinny on guide-writing and ICW cruising.
While the Caribbean 1500 fleet was cooling its jets in Hampton waiting for Sean to expire, another seasonal bluewater cruising event, the North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC), was running into some serious trouble farther north.

The History of the ICW

by Wally Moran, Posted October 29, 2014
Those who transit the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) often talk about the strange sense of history they feel while plying its waters. At anchor, whether in St. Mary’s or St. Augustine, they say they can’t help but think of those who have come before them: the tugs and barges, the pirates and looters, the sailors, the soldiers.
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