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!

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ARC Europe Safety Day

Yesterday the World Cruising Club (WCC) team held a morning of safety demonstrations for the ARC Europe & Atlantic Cup fleet gathering at Nanny Cay. A safety flare demonstration was conducted on the breakwater to enable any crew that had not experienced the use of flares or seen them ignited before to get some hands on experience with these safety devices.

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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. 

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Atlantic Cup starts under blue skies

25 yachts sailing from the Caribbean to USA

The 2011 Atlantic Cup start off Nanny CayThe 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.

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Major cruising rally organisers to join forces

Caribbean 1500 participants ready for the off on Nanny Cay’s beach – click to enlargeThe 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.

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Ralliers readying for the off at Nanny Cay

Click to enlargeRalliers for the Atlantic Cup (return rally for the Caribbean 1500) and ARC Europe (return rally for the ARC) are converging on Nanny Cay and preparing for their trips home.  The Atlantic Cup will leave May 2nd while ARC Europe leaves May 6 with both fleets heading to Bermuda.  The Atlantic Cup has…

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