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DelMarVa Rally 2014

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egistration is now open for the first annual World Cruising Club (WCC) ARC DelMarVa Rally 2014. Rally participants will cast off their lines June 8 in Annapolis and circumnavigate the DelMarVa Peninsula returning June 14, with appropriate party stops and safety support along the way. This isn’t a new rally, but it’s the first year for the WCC to organize it. Things get underway May 18 with a mandatory seminar in Annapolis that will cover offshore sailing, route planning, and navigation. Richard Shoenfeld who skippered his a 39-foot Beneteau 393 Zephyr in the 2013 DelMarVa Rally recalls, “It was a good opportunity to meet new

people and develop some new friendships. It was also a great experience for me to spend time with my adult son and appreciate how he has become a competent navigator and helmsman and has matured over the years to make good decisions while running the boat. My other son looks forward to the rally this year.” In terms of preparation, Shoenfeld says, “Preparing the crew gives the skipper a good opportunity to be a teacher, for both the inexperienced sailors and also for everyone learning to work as a team. It’s important to have trust in your crew so the skipper can sleep soundly, and this comes from sailing together. The Safety At Sea course is highly recommended, particu-

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