Ocracoke Island added as newest stop in Worrell 1000 race route

Published 2:26 pm Saturday, January 6, 2024

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Ocracoke Island is set to become a pivotal stop on the renowned Worrell 1000 race in May of 2024. Ocracoke will serve as a stopover on the route, which begins in Florida and spans 1000 miles, ending in Virginia Beach. Ocracoke will host the race participants on May 22, 2024.

The Worrell 1000, known for its challenging course and demanding conditions, selected Ocracoke Island as a layover for its 50th-anniversary route. “The island’s inclusion in this prestigious race reaffirms its stature as a prime destination for aquatic adventures and competitive sailing,” noted the announcement of the stopover.

“We are thrilled to be selected to host the Worrell 1000 race. Ocracoke Island’s inclusion in this esteemed event not only showcases our island’s breathtaking coastal charm but also highlights our commitment to fostering the spirit of competitive sailing,” said Kenny Ballance, chair of the Ocracoke Island Tourism Development Authority. “We eagerly anticipate welcoming participants, spectators, and enthusiasts to experience the thrills of the Worrell 1000 against the stunning backdrop of our island.”

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The Worrell 1000 race, known for its challenging multi-stage format spanning several days, will now offer competitors and spectators an unforgettable experience against the backdrop of Ocracoke Island’s unparalleled natural beauty and rich maritime heritage.