Worrell 1000: Back and better than ever
Published on February 23rd, 2020
They said it couldn’t happen. They said that the Worrell 1000 Race would never again be the revered event it once was. How could it be, after 20 editions from 1976 to 2002, reveling in the heydays of careless adventure?
But that sentiment didn’t sit with a stubborn group of former Worrell Competitors, Race Officials and a few “fans” who plotted a comeback for 2019, and even as the start date loomed and the naysayers speculated it wouldn’t be run with just three boats registered – it happened anyway, and what a hell of a time it was!
The Organizing Authority knew that if they could just make that first race a reality, the event would catch fire again. And at the awards ceremony after the final leg in Virginia Beach, the official announcement was made – The Worrell would return in two years.
Now, with a little over a year until the 2021 event, the registration list is approaching the entry cap of 15 teams with nations from around the globe represented:
USA – 4 Teams
Australia – 3 Teams
The Netherlands – 1 Team
South Africa – 1 Team
Germany – 1 Team
France – 1 Team
Once again, the event plan is for 1000 miles of offshore sailing for the most daring and capable sailors. Teams will compete in the Formula 18 class, launching from and finishing on select beaches from Hollywood, FL to Virginia Beach, VA with overnight stops at 13 different locations up the coast.
Scuttlebutt was pleased to support coverage of the 2019 event, helping to expand the worldwide reach for an event that began as a bar bet in the 70s and still retains the core elements that drove its notoriety. We can’t wait to witness the next edition on May 3-15, 2021.
UPDATE: Event dates are now May 10-22, 2021
For more information: https://worrell1000race.com