On Saturday 6 May, crews of two World Cruising Club rallies waved goodbye to the shores of Tortola as they set off for their offshore adventures as part of the 2017 editions of ARC Europe and ARC USA. Run concurrently, these rallies are taking some crews homewards and others to new cruising grounds. Venturing west to east across the Atlantic, twenty-six boats will sail with ARC Europe this year; twenty-three departed from Nanny Cay on Saturday morning, and they will be joined in Bermuda by Viva sailing from Portsmouth, Virginia, USA and three other boats who will join the rally from there.
The year ended on a high note, as we opened the new outer marina after 17 months of construction. At a ceremony held at the entrance to the new outer marina on December 12, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, declared the marina officially open.
For the third time in six years, the ARC Caribbean 1500 got off a day ahead of schedule (November 5) to take advantage of a promising weather window to get the fleet south. Once offshore, it was a fast, downwind passage for the majority of the fleet, with a classic late-fall weather pattern in place, and no activity in the tropics. Yachts began arriving into Nanny Cay just over 7 days later, on Saturday November 12, with the Amel 54 Phantom first to finish. They were closely followed by the Dufour 56 Pure Elegance, and the Nordhavn 57 motor yacht Jura. Each night as yachts continued to arrive events were held on the beach at Nanny Cay, including several cocktail hours, a pizza party and a couple beach barbecues hosted by Peg Legs. Horizon Yacht Charters held a popular and informative seminar on cruising the BVI.
On Saturday, May 7, yachts sailing under the flags of sixteen different nations set sail for their offshore adventures as part of two World Cruising Club (WCC) Spring rallies - ARC Europe and ARC USA. Sunny skies and a strong south easterly breeze of 15-16 knots set the stage for an exciting start for the twenty-six starters in the BVI.
Yachts sailing under the flags of 20 different nations and crews from many more, set sail from Nanny Cay on Saturday 9 May for their offshore adventures as part of two World Cruising Club Spring rallies; ARC Europe and ARC USA. Venturing west to east across the Atlantic, over forty boats will sail with ARC Europe this year; 29 leaving from the British Virgin Islands, and 6 in the delayed start from Portsmouth, Virginia, USA. Both groups will converge in Bermuda and be joined by a further 6 boats to continue their ocean adventure to Europe and enjoy a cruise through the mid-Atlantic Azores archipelago en route.
Venturing west to east across the Atlantic, more than forty boats will sail with ARC Europe this year; thirty leaving from Nanny Cay, and six from Portsmouth, Virginia, USA for the first stage of the rally, a passage to Bermuda where a further seven yachts will join. ARC USA sailors starting from Tortola include seven yachts headed for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, whilst sixteen boats sail alongside the ARC Europe fleet to Bermuda then onwards to ports along the US Eastern seaboard.
2014 - another busy year at Nanny Cay. It started with one of those “ahhh” moments when we rescued a baby turtle from the marina and was then followed by reality shows, regattas, cruising rallies, boat shows, Atlantic rowers, round Tortola records, awards, and a lot of hauling boats!
Yachts sailing under the flags of 13 different nations set sail on Saturday May 3rd for their offshore adventures as part of two World Cruising Club Spring rallies; ARC Europe and ARC USA. Venturing west to east across the Atlantic, 34 boats will sail with ARC Europe this year.
Sailing aboard the yacht, NYCTEA, Oscar seems to be asking “Are we there yet?”Leg 2 of ARC Europe sets sail from Bermuda today, with Portugal as their final destination. The yachts left the BVI on May 4 after a week of preparation at Nanny Cay, in a joint start with the Atlantic Cup.