Fall rallies recover from COVID slowdown

Fall rallies recover from COVID slowdown

Rallies are a popular way for voyagers to cross oceans in the company of other boats. The transatlantic rally known as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) (www.worldcruising.com) has been around for 35 years. In this year with the COVID pandemic still lingering, there seems to be pent-up demand and the ARC event has 150 entries and even spawned added interest in the ARC’s associated rally the ARC+.  The ARC starts from Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands and proceeds 2,700 miles through the northeast trades to finish at St. Lucia. The ARC+ also starts from the Canaries, goes to…
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Managing a power rally to Mexico

Managing a power rally to Mexico

Christy Steinman-Crawford Donnelly herded a fleet of 30 recreational powerboats on a 1,000-nautical-mile voyage down to Mexico, as communications director for the 2019 Cruise Underway to Baja Rally (CUBAR), a bi-annual cruise from San Diego to La Paz, Baja for 30 to 50 powerboats. It was an odyssey that included one medical evacuation at sea.   Of course, that was not her first rodeo. Donnelly has navigated and sailed with the “best of the best.” She navigated the race boat Kialoa in Britain’s famous 1979 Fastnet Race; she navigated for Tom Blackhaller to win the 1980 Bermuda Race, and she was…
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