Remember I told you we finally joined the OCC - Ocean Cruising Club? Well, the OCC does some pretty kewl rallies around the world. A sailing rally is like a driving rally, except there is no official racing. So really, just a group of boats traveling loosely together. The benefits include safety in numbers, special discounts, special events with locals (government officials, yachting clubs, tour operators, etc..) marina bookings, ease of checking in with C and I (in theory), and more. The only other rally we have done is the Salty Dawg Rally in fall 2013 that brought us to the Caribbean.
|This summer I made all the flags we would need for the rally|
A couple of years ago was the first ever OCC Western Caribbean Rally dubbed the Susie Too Rally, named after the hosting couple on sy Susie Too. We knew four different boats that went on that rally and LOVED IT! They encouraged us to go. We were interested but unsure we could because of a family wedding. Turns out others were interested as well. Soon the rally was full. However, long story short, it all worked out and we are going on the rally.
|Susie Too Rally meet up in Bonaire|
We will be in group two heading out of Curacao approximately December 7 2018 with 34 other boats. Our route is Aruba, Santa Marta Colombia, Cartagena Colombia, San Blas Islands, Panama proper, San Andres Island, Providencia Island, Bay Islands of Honduras and finally ending in the southern part of Belize at the end of April, beginning of May 2019.
We are super excited about season six and our exploration of the Western Caribbean. We've already met some wonderful rally peeps.