to sail to Bermuda? Want to sail in company for fun, camaraderie, added safety, and all the other benefits you get from
a cruising rally? At present we are the only summer rally or flotilla leaving from the U.S. east coast to
Bermuda. Tania Aebi will lead a team that will conduct inspections, provide all the services that you could want, and
make all the necessary arrangements for a fun and exciting trip. Ours will be a friendly sail in company to historic
and picturesque St. George's Harbour.
On Friday night, there will
be a welcome gathering at our departure point, Mitchell Park Marina in Greenport New York (http://www.greenportvillage.com/mitchellpark.html). Mitchell Park is a new marina with floating docks, large slips, water and electricity, all located right smack in
the middle of town, so it's walking distance to groceries, marine supplies, restaurants, and anything else you need.
Greenport itself is a wonderful town with much to see and do, from restaurants, shopping, and the famous carousel right on
the marina grounds. We ask participants to arrive at Mitchell Park, fully outfitted and ready to sail, on
Friday, or as early as possible on Saturday, so as to allow for timely inspections and briefings before our Sunday departure.
Of course, the exact time of our start is subject to a favorable weather forecast.
the trip, keep in touch with satellite phones, and participate in daily conference calls to receive weather and
routing updates from the renowned oceanography and meteorology team of Jenifer & Dane Clark (www.erols.com/gulfstrm). We'll also use these calls to exchange and monitor positions, ask for guidance, and simply to share experiences.
For your friends and family back home, they can track your progress on the Internet with satellite tracking devices, provided
by the event.
Upon arrival in Bermuda, celebrate the successful passage
with yet another event-sponsored party. Our host in Bermuda will be Bermuda Yacht Services, a new full-service yard
and marina located right in the heart of St. George's historic Town Square. Bermuda Yacht Services caters to oceangoing
sailors, has dockside water, electricity, repair facilities, and other services. Likewise, St. George's Harbour
is a stunning and well-protected anchorage, and if you so choose you can anchor in crystal clear water swimming distance from
the dock! Mark Soares, the owner of Bermuda Yacht Services, will be invaluable in helping us navigate
customs (both clearing in and out), crew exchange procedures, and provisioning. Be sure to check out this most welcome
addition to St. George's Harbour at www.bermudayachtservices.com. Once you get settled, spend some time exploring Bermuda's impeccably maintained interior, or cruise its
luscious harbors. It's up to you. After several days in this wonderland of the Atlantic, sail back
to the east coast in company, or continue on to your destination of choice.
if you think you can't do this rally because you lack crew, think again! We're incredibly fortunate to have Hank Schmitt
and his team at Offshore Passage Opportunities on our side. OPO is the number 1 crew networking organization in existence
today, with over 600 experienced bluewater sailors looking to crew on ocean passages. Best of all, OPO's
services and crew are free to participants in our rally! You pay for boat expenses and food onboard, but crew from
OPO will sail with you for free, and pay their own way to and from the boat. Check out OPO's website at www.sailopo.com.
Benefits of the event, all of which are included
in your participation fee, include:
1. Tania will send you a personalized checklist of things
to do for you and your boat before your arrival in New York
2. Required equipment
and gear list
3. Access to experts for advice and guidance on outfitting and logistics
4. Access to Bermuda Yacht Services' concierge services (provisioning, crew exchange, hotel
5. Assistance with finding qualified crew through Offshore Passage
6. Confirmed dock/mooring reservations in Greenport and Bermuda
Upon Arrival in Greenport:
7. Reservations for dockage at
Mitchell Park Marina at discounted rates
8. Inspections by Tania Aebi and our team
to ensure that all required gear is aboard
9. Briefings for weather & gulfstream routing by
Jenifer & Dane Clark
10. Tania will conduct in-person skipper and crew briefings on all practical
aspects of the trip and what to expect
11. Assistence with any arrangements you may need (reservations
in Bermuda, crew exchange, etc.)
12. Instructions on satellite phones, Internet tracking, and
en route procedures
13. Social gatherings
En Route to Bermuda:
14. Daily satphone conference calls for position monitoring, camaraderie and guidance
15. Daily weather and gulfstream routing updates by the Clarks during conference calls
and Internet tracking of your position by iBoattrack (www.iboattrack.com)
Upon Arrival in Bermuda:
17. Reservations at Bermuda Yacht
Services at discounted rates
18. Assistence with clearing in/out
on weather & gulfstream routing for return trip
20. Social gatherings
Back to U.S.:
21. Similar, though less formal, as en route to Bermuda
The cost for this year's event is $995, plus $25 per person aboard. The fee includes
entry into the event, Internet tracking devices, weather and Gulf Stream routing, inspections, parties, reservations, and
an all around good time.
If you want to read about past events, click the applicable link on the left hand side of the site.
Be sure to check back soon and often, as we update this website regularly
to reflect new developments and the addition of new strategic partners. If you would like more information, have questions,
or would like to sign up, please contact us by phone, fax, email or submit an inquiry using our "Contact Us" link
above. Till then, wishing you fair winds and a following sea ...