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2016: A Look Back

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.

The 27th ARC Caribbean 1500 Wraps Up in Nanny Cay

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.

ARC Ralliers Depart Nanny Cay

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.

ARC Europe and ARC USA Set Sail from Nanny Cay

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.

Record fleet in Nanny Cay for World Cruising Club’s ARC Europe & ARC USA; depart Saturday

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 – A Look Back

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!

ARC Europe heads off

Light winds dominated the start for ARC Europe here early Saturday afternoon.  However, it still made for an impressive sight as 24 ARC Europe boats sailed passed the committee vessel, heading West down the Sir Francis Drake Channel before heading North for the 850NM passage to Bermuda.

The fleet really got into the spirit of the rally as they all sailed across the line, with many attempting to fill their cruising chutes whilst not being deterred by the prevailing light winds. Chiscos was the first to hoist their pink parasailor. M.R Stefanik, Purrr-fect and Pinta also followed up from behind, flying their colourful chutes.

Farewells and Atlantic Cup departure

The Atlantic Cup start off Nanny Cay - click to enlargeAfter 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.