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Worrell 1000: Lay day in Tybee Island, GA

Published on May 11th, 2019

The 2019 Worrell 1000 Reunion Race brings back the beach cat contest which held 20 editions from 1976 to 2002. Beginning May 6 from South Florida, three teams take on the 1000 mile offshore adventure to Virginia Beach, VA. Here is the latest update from Beverley Simmons:


May 11: Lay day in Tybee Island, GA
Teams are enjoying a well-earned day off from racing today. Needed maintenance and repairs are being completed in preparation for the second half of the race.

Many consider the first half to be merely a warm-up event for the more demanding conditions typical in the Carolinas. The Organizing Authority took advantage of the time to meet and discuss how things have gone so far, anticipated conditions, challenges ahead, and the future of the race.

The forecast for the coming week calls for some wet and windy weather. Logistical planning includes the ferry rides on the outer banks and photo boats to catch some of the on-the-water action. Everyone is advised to have their foulies on stand-by. The last of the legs include:

Tybee Island to Isle of Palms, SC – 85 mile leg
Isle of Palms to Surfside Beach SC – 75 mile leg
Surfside to Wrightsville Beach, NC – 90 mile leg
Wrightsville to Atlantic Beach NC – 67 mile leg
Atlantic Beach to Hatteras, NC – 80 mile leg
Hatteras to Kill Devil Hills, NC – 72 mile leg
and the final leg…
Kill Devil Hills to the finish at Virginia Beach, VA – 58 mile leg

Along the way, many Worrell Race fans have reached out wanting to be a part of the event. Media outlets in North & South Carolina plan to be at the start/finish beaches to cover the event for their local affiliates. Businesses at several checkpoints will be doing raffles, hosting parties and offering food & refreshments.

Oceanfront9 out of Tidewater, VA will have a welcome celebration at the finish line and one of the event sponsors, The Raven Restaurant in Virginia Beach, will play host to the Trophy Ceremony and final party.

The event will be streamed live via Facebook for the 1,000+ followers (and growing) to take virtual part in the festivities. There will also be an announcement regarding the one question people from around the world have been asking: Will there be another Worrell? Stay tuned to find out….

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