2020 NARC Rally Dates Announced!

NARC Rally Overview

The NARC Rally started in 2000 when organizer Hank Schmitt was moving a fleet of Swans from Newport, RI to the French side of St. Maarten in the Caribbean. Since Hank was in charge of providing 10 skippers and crew to move 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.

2020 NARC Rally: What's Changed

While we are not organizing an official 21st NARC Rally this season, we will be running our Swan Program from Newport to St. Maarten with a planned stop in Bermuda. We will allow others boats to join us as long as they know we are not responsible if countries close up because of a second wave of infections in the United States. We can all hope a vaccine is available this winter to allow more freedom of access once we get to the Caribbean after the New Year. But expect to see restrictions to join as crew on any boat. It is the responsibility of the skipper to make sure crew comply with entry requirements that may be fluid this season as it was last spring.

If you think you may wish to invite people to sail with you as crew this season, please call or e-mail and we can talk about your options.

2020 NARC Rally Dates Announced

Each year the traditional end of the hurricane season is November 1st and Election Day is always the 1st Tuesday in November. And we have been offshore every election year since 2000. Sometimes on our way to Bermuda, sometimes right after we depart.

Looking Back to Past NARCs

For President Obama's 2008 election we arrived to celebrations in Bermuda that would have made you think Obama was the newly elected president of Bermuda. In both 2000 and 2016 we had just left Bermuda on Monday the day before the elections and missed the entire 2000 hanging chad fiasco since we did not make landfall in St. Maarten until the weekend after the elections.

For President Trump's 2016 election we were also offshore on the second leg and so our Breaking News cycle was a two-minute satellite phone called simply saying Trump won the next day and nothing more.

NARC 2020

This year we are leaving a little early so we can watch election results in Bermuda. So the dates this year are:

2020 NARC Schedule Summary

This year waiting until after Election Day would mean moving the departure date from Newport too late. So this year we will depart on Monday, October 26, 2020. This date still allows for a weather delay and time to reach Bermuda by Election Day results on Tuesday night, November 3. The fleet will depart Bermuda no earlier than Wednesday, November 4 and arrive in St. Maarten 5 or 6 days later. Now you have the dates for the start of the NARC Rally and everyone can schedule accordingly.