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NARC Rally Overview

The NARC Rally started in 2000 when organizor Hank Schmitt was moving a fleet of Swans from Newport RI back to the French side of St. Maarten in the Caribbean. Since Hank was in charge of providing 10 skippers and crew to ove the fleet he decided to invite other boats to join in an organized rally departing from Newport in the Fall. We have made the annual passage ever since.

 

2017: 18th Annual NARC Rally!

This year Saturday October 28th is our closest Saturday to Nov 1st. So plan to be in Newport at the Newport Yachting Center no later than Thursday October 26th or the morning of the 17th. Boats can arrive as early as Oct 23rd to get the discounted dockage at the Newport Yachting Center. If you need to arrive before then you can call them at 401-846-1600 to make arrangements. The weather brieifng by WRI is Friday afternoon followed by dinner for all skippers and crew at Benjamin's across the street Friday Night October 27th.  We ask boats to be ready to depart by Saturday if the weather looks good.

The Rally is for experienced owners and pro skippers who make the annual passage south. If you have not made this passage before in the fall call our office at 631-423-4988 and we  will be happy to speak with you to see if we can help you join us or if you should head down the coast and depart with one of the other rallies leaving from the Chesapeake Bay. We can help find a qualified skipper or get expereinced crew for you through our Offshore Passage Opportunities crew network if you need help. Smaller boats and less experienced sailors should spend September and October heading down to the Chesapeake and check out their boat and systems while they are still close to land. The are two rallies that depart from Hampton Roads/Norfolk Virginia area.

Our Rally is free.  There is a $100 per person fee for crew and skippers to pay for the socials in Newport and Bermuda.   Each boat owner pays their own dockage in Newport and Bermuda.  

If you do not have a boat and would like to join us, you can join OPO and learn about crew passage opportunities. in our Offshore Program or join OPO and see about helping one of the boat owners who may be looking for crew. Call 631-423-4988 to inquire. 

Schedule

Rally participants should arrive in Newport at the Newport Yachting Center anytime the week before Oact 27th  and get the $1.50 per foot rate starting October 23rd.   There will be a skippers meeting Friday afternoon before dinner.

Weather Forecasts

Weather routing will be provided by David Cannon from Weather Routing Inc (WRI).  He will give us a pre-departue package including waypoints for the Gulf Steam. We will have a weather update every day while we are delayed. At sea we run a radio schedule with weather updates.  Printed copies will be given to all rally participants.

Our Host in Bermuda

In Bermuda we will be hosted by the St. Georges Dinghy and Sports Club. We receive discount dockage, the $35 per head fee is waived. We will have a fish fry when everyone has arrived at the club. 

After filling up on duty free fuel, most boats will head to the final Rally destination of St. Maarten in time for the final Rally party hosted by IGY Marina Group http://www.igymarinas.com/ with a special two days of free dockage upon arrival. There is an addiitonal 10% off for as long as you stay in the marina right up through an entire season. Even if you are planning to end your passage in the Virgin Islands or another island, we encourage everyone to come to St. Maarten first. It is the best place to provision in the Caribbean, has the best repair facilities for marine work in the area, and is the easiest and cheapest island for flights.

Signing Up

It is very simple to sign up for the rally. Simply fill out the short form and  e-mail it to me. If you need crew you can use the services of Offshore Passage Opportunities to get free crew that will pay their own way to and from the boat. If you have never made the passage before we would like you to have at least one crew who has made the journey. If you do not have a friend or family member that fits the bill we can help get you someone through Offshore Passage Opportunities.

Questions

If you have any questions please feel free to call or e-mail anytime.

Rally Benefits:

  • Discount dockage  
  • Weather routing
  • Radio Net
  • Fuel Discount
  • Optional Commnications Course
  • No Head Tax in Bermuda
  • Socials in Newport (Dinner)
    • Bermuda Fish Fry &  
    • IGY Marina “Start of the Caribbean Season Party”