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 eighteen entries and ARC Europe, twenty-five.

As the skippers contemplate the inventory of repairs, replacements and restocks in preparation for the start of their respective rallies, the crew will no doubt be thinking of another set of three R’s – rest, recuperation, and relaxation!  Fortunately Nanny Cay is set up to keep everyone happy and with a full programme of events planned prior to the start.

The Atlantic Cup finishes in Bermuda with an optional onward journey to the US or Europe with the ARC Europe contingent – both events are finishing at the St George’s Dinghy and Sports Club in Bermuda.  ARC Europe route takes the fleet first to Bermuda, where those having started in Florida will join the rally, and then to the islands of the Azores before finishing in Lagos, Portugal.

Here are some the benefits of crossing in a rally rather than independently according to the ARC Europe organizers: camaraderie of crossing an ocean as part of a rally; World Cruising Club staff on hand at each port to assist with preparations; welcome arrival at each port with detailed local information pack; complimentary berthing; comprehensive social and entertainment program; daily weather forecast sent to fleet; event website with news and position reports, allowing friends & families to follow; discounts on charts and equipment.