Besides forcing an exit date where you stop talking about going cruising and actually do it, the benefits of joining a rally were a negative experience and I am glad I am not longer rallying. I am cruising now and enjoying it. Some one said to me that I did not spend enough time with the rally to get the true benefits of if but after four and a half months of disappointments most of them created by the rally organizers, it was time for a rethink.
I met some good people within the rally and perhaps that was the only thing I took away with me. A rally is a time driven voyage where most of the time is spent moving in the water by sail, motor or both. More motor than anything else because of the chosen route does not have wind, and when it came was from the wrong direction. I do not blame the rally organizers for that. Part of the time is spent at port either doing maintenance or repairs that force you to complete before it’s time to move again leaving in many cases little or no time to enjoy what travel is all about, to enrich yourself with other cultures and having the time it requires to absorb it.