HAMPTON - Racers are hoping for smooth sailing when they leave Hampton this weekend for the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean 1500.

Most of the rally boats in Hampton were hunkered down and trying to stay dry during Hurricane Sandy, officials said.

With the storm past, they're preparing for the largest and longest-running sailboat cruising rally in North America.

Over 1200 boats have sailed about 1.5 million miles in total since the race started in 1990.

The race is set to leave Fort Monroe on Sunday, November 4 and boaters are expected to arrive in the British Virgin Islands 12 days later.

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