2017 Cruising Rally Rundown

This week, several cruising rallies make their escape to points south. Here’s a rundown of who’s going where and how to follow the fleets.

This week, several cruising rallies make their escape to points south. Here’s a rundown of who’s going where and how to follow the fleets.

Salty Dawg Rally: This annual event, which sails from Hampton, Virginia, to Antigua, began on November 2nd. In previous years, the rally has used the Bitter End Yacht Club as its destination, but due to the devastation wrought by the hurricanes decided to change to Falmouth Harbor, Antigua. To assist the residents of the BVI, the Salty Dawg Association formed a relief fund and presented a $10,000 check to the Bitter End at the Annapolis boat show.

You can follow along with the rally here.

ARC Caribbean 1500:The World Cruising Club's ARC Caribbean 1500 rally departed from Portsmouth, Virginia, on November 5th (weather depending) and is sailing to its usual destination - Nanny Cay, Tortola, in the BVI. World Cruising Club's director Jeremy Wyatt commented:

"The best way as sailors that we can help the communities rebuild, is to visit and spend in the economy. The communities need and want visitors; World Cruising Club are encouraging participants to be sympathetic to the efforts of the communities in the BVI and give their support by sailing to the islands, this Fall. The islands may still bear the scars left by Irma, but the welcome will be as warm as always once crews step ashore."

Many of the rally boats are carrying supplies to the BVI including all the gear purchased through the Power Up BVI relief fund, organized by Cay Electronics, which purchased solar panels, solar lanterns and more.

Follow the fleet here.

North American Rally to the Caribbean: The 18th edition of the NARC, which is run by Offshore Passage Opportunities, is currently en route from Newport, Rhode Island, to Bermuda. From there, the small fleet will sail to the Caribbean (typically St. Maarten is the destination, but this year, some boats may elect to visit other islands). Rally organizer Hank Schmitt will be sailing aboard his Swan 48, Avocation, to St. Maarten and then on to Dominica to assist in rebuilding efforts. To date OPO has raised nearly $15,000 in Caribbean relief aid. For more information on OPO, the NARC and ways to get involved in helping out with rebuilding projects in St. Maarten and Dominica, visit sailopo.com.

Atlantic Rally to the Caribbean: Popular with Europeans heading to this side of the Pond, this annual transatlantic rally departs Gran Canaria on November 19th and arrives in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, around December 6-11.

You will be able to track the fleet here.

Baja Ha-Ha: Our own editor Mark Pillsbury is participating in this annual fun event sponsored by *Latitude 38 *magazine. The Ha-Ha departed San Diego, California, on October, 30th, and will head south to Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria before wrapping up in Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. Mark is posting regular updates to the Cruising World website — give them a read for a taste of what the Ha-Ha is all about! You can learn more about the rally at baja-haha.com.

Facility Updates:If you're heading to the Caribbean, take a look at www.caribbeanyachtingupdate2017.com for the latest info on all storm-affected islands. Another island update site that also can link sailors with specific rebuild projects is Sailors Helping [http://www.sailorshelping.org].

As Caribbean information crosses our desks here at Cruising World, we post it at our dedicated Facebook group – Cruising World Caribbean & Florida Cruisers.