Cruising group honors 10,000-mile veterans

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Twenty-four sailors who have completed more than 10,000 miles in Cruising Rally Association offshore rallies were recognized by the group as "Ocean Masters" in a recent ceremony in Hampton, Va.

The most senior of the honored veterans is St. Thomas, USVI, resident Davis Murray, the only person who has sailed in all 20 Caribbean 1500 rallies since its inception in 1990. Qualifiers come from all parts of the U.S. and Canada. They are male and female, young and old, boat owners, skippers, spouses, partners and volunteer crew.

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The Cruising Rally Association, best known for its Caribbean 1500 Rally, has organized sailing events to and from the United States, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Bermuda for more than 20 years. The Caribbean 1500 is the largest and longest running offshore cruising rally in North America.

"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 crewmembers to the joys of ocean travel. Our veteran crewmembers have helped many new skippers successfully complete their first bluewater passage."

This spring, the Atlantic Cup, is planned for May 2. The rally will leave from Nanny Cay Resort & Marina in Tortola and finish in Bermuda.

Ocean Sailing Seminars, presented by the staff of the Cruising Rally Association, are scheduled for March 13-14 in Newport, R.I. and March 20-21 in Annapolis, Md.

For information on future rallies and seminars, visit www.carib1500.com.