Twenty-four sailors who have completed over 10,000 miles in Cruising Rally Association offshore rallies were recognized as "Ocean Masters" in a recent ceremony in Hampton VA. The most senior of the honored veterans was St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands resident Davis Murray, the only person who has sailed in all 20 Caribbean 1500 rallies since its inception in 1990.
"We value the support and dedication of our veterans." said Steve Black, Founder and President of the Cruising Rally Association. "They are truly 'Ocean Masters' and bring a wealth of experience to each of our events. Our veteran skippers have introduced hundreds of new crew members to the joys of ocean travel … and have helped many new skippers successfully complete their first bluewater passage."
During November's Caribbean 1500 Rally, nearly 30,000 visitors from over 50 countries watched the progress of the fleet on the web site.
The 2010 Caribbean 1500 Rally will be the 21st annual running of the event, making it the largest and longest-running offshore cruising event in the Americas. The rally is slated to start November 1, and at the same time, the Bahamas Cruising Rally will leave Hampton VA for an offshore passage to the Abacos. For more information: www.carib1500.com