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.
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