Please select your home edition
Noble Marine 2022 YY - LEADERBOARD
Product Feature
RYA Go Green!
RYA Go Green!

Worrell 1000 Race 2022 Leg 10 - Wrightsville Beach, NC to Atlantic Beach, NC

by Worrell 1000 20 May 2022 03:19 BST 9-22 May 2022
Worrell 1000 2022 © Robert L. Feldman

It was a gorgeous morning on the beach at Wrightsville, NC - behind the beautiful and amazingly appointed Blockade Runner Hotel. Some of the teams were red-eyed and tired: they hadn't arrived to the finish here until after 1am this morning - and at 10am now - were weary about the leg to come.

As luck would have it, the winds were a forgiving 5 knots (barely), and the 13 teams all made it through the surf and on their way to Atlantic Beach without any drama. The forecast called for winds to slowly build to 10-12 knots, continuing from the Northeast, and with this 93-mile leg - the Race Committee was earnestly hoping for all teams to finish before the sun went down. They got their wish.

The wind Gods were extraordinarily kind, and by early afternoon, the teams were enjoying steady 13-15 knot breezes and double-trap conditions on relatively flat water. Boats were finishing in "pods" of 3-4 boats finishing within minutes of each other, with additional "pods" coming on less then a half-an-hour between. The last two boats to finish: Way of Life and The Netherlands - arrived well before sunset - to the immense relief of all. There would be time for showers and civility before congregating at the Tackle Box Tavern for a planned Social Event at 7pm.

The Worrell 1000 is deeply grateful for each and every sponsor that partners with us. Here in Atlantic Beach, Rich Porter (owner of the Tackle Box Tavern and avid sailor) provided us with our own pavilion, private bar and food. The Mayor showed up (as he did in 2019) and again - gave the Worrell 1000 an official proclamation - fervently inviting us to return soon.

With all 13 teams fed, entertained and settled in for the evening - the realization hits us: And now... there were just three... three final legs to the finish at Virginia Beach and we STILL have all 13 teams in the mix. A truly amazing feat. It's extraordinarily rare that all teams that start a Worrell actually make it to the finish. Let's all raise a glass in hopes that this rarity becomes a reality...

Overall Results as well as elapsed times for individual legs can be found at

Related Articles

Worrell 1000 50th Anniversary Race: 30 days to go
2024 marks the 23rd running of the race The countdown timer on the official website for the Worrell 1000 is now down to just 30 days - Twelve teams representing five countries will descend upon the beach adjacent to the Hollywood Beach Marriott in Florida. Posted on 11 Apr
Just 100 days until the Worrell 1000 Race starts
14 teams representing 6 different countries are officially registered 14 teams representing 6 different countries are officially registered for the event beginning May 12th on the beach adjacent to the Hollywood Beach Marriott in Florida. Posted on 1 Feb
Worrell 1000 Race 2022 - Final leg
With almost no surf at all, the 13 teams were off the beach quickly The final leg from Kill Devil Hills to Virginia Beach is intentionally short to give the Race Committee the best opportunity to arrive first: to the traditional fanfare, pomp and TV Cameras that await the Worrell at the home of the event. Posted on 22 May 2022
Worrell 1000 Race Leg 12
Hatteras to Kill Devil Hills The expansive beach at ORV Ramp 49 in Frisco was filled with spectators; Most, here for the spectacle that is the Worrell 1000. Not because they're sailors or that they know anything about racing these F18 beasts... they just know that this is exciting. Posted on 20 May 2022
Worrell 1000 Race Leg 11
Atlantic Beach to Cape Hatteras With just three legs to go before the finish in VA Beach, all 13 boats that started in Hollywood were lined up now in Atlantic Beach, ready for a sleigh ride to Hatteras in breezes of 16-18 knots with gusts in the low 20's. Posted on 20 May 2022
Worrell 1000 Race Leg 9
Surfside Beach SC to Wrightsville Beach NC The start of leg 9 of this 2022 Worrell 1000 saw very light, Northerly winds - 5 knots and a little less - which meant that the fleet was looking forward to a drama-free launch at 10am. Posted on 18 May 2022
Worrell 1000 Race leg 7
Another reason to be thankful for GPS trackers A new checkpoint to the event, and although the racers were not pleased to be so close to a pier that was under construction, the Race Committee moved the start Line well South to take it out of play. Posted on 17 May 2022
Worrell 1000 Race 2022 Day 5
At the start line, 11 of the 13 boats pushed off through the surf It was 8am, and the PRO (Principal Race Officer) John Williams was starting the daily Skipper's meeting. The general feeling in the air was one of mild "dis-jointedness"... just a little "off". Posted on 14 May 2022
Worrell 1000 Race 2022 Day 4
All were feeling the positive affects of having the last leg cancelled The Worrell Teams scattered the beach at Daytona, with sailors and ground crew busy prepping their boats with a noticeably, more energetic cadence. Posted on 13 May 2022
Worrell 1000 Race 2022 Day 3
No sailing from Cocoa to Daytona this year Shortly after Team Australia sailed to the finish as just 1 of 4 boats to conquer the Jensen to Cocoa Beach Leg, John Williams, the event PRO said the following day's leg has been called and the fleet would trailer to Daytona. Posted on 12 May 2022