After checking out with the rally office from 0800 yesterday, the Atlantic Cup participants made some last minute preparations before heading out to the start line just outside the Nanny Cay marina entrance. The Atlantic Cup, a sister event to ARC Europe, is for sailors returning to the East coast of the US via Bermuda.
25 yachts sailing from the Caribbean to USA
The popular Atlantic Cup cruising rally set off on Sunday May 01 from Nanny Cay in bright and breezy conditions. The 25 yachts are heading for St George's Bermuda before turning west to Hampton VA and other east coast ports.
This is the first year that the Atlantic Cup has been run under the umbrella of the World Cruising Club, organisers of the world's largest trans-ocean sailing event, the ARC which crosses the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia every fall. The Atlantic Cup was previously organised by Steve Black of the Cruising Rally Association. Steve is sailing this Atlantic Cup in his Pacer 42 Madrugada.
The Cruising Rally Association (CRA), best known as the organiser of the annual Caribbean 1500 Rally from Hampton VA to the British Virgin Islands, and World Cruising Club (WCC), organisers of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) to the Caribbean, are joining forces to become the largest global organisation dedicated to the sport of passage-making.
The CRA's Caribbean 1500 and Atlantic Cup arrive and depart from Nanny Cay, while the ARC's return event, ARC Europe, leaves from Nanny Cay.