The primary goal of the Down Under 'Go East' Rally is to provide those who join the rally from Australia to New Caledonia with information, support & benefits.

Watch the video below to see some highlights from the 2017 Go East Rally

About the rally

The 2018 Down Under "Go East" rally will depart from The Gold Coast in Queensland on May 14th 2018 (subject to weather conditions).

We will be instructing our meteorologist/ professional weather router to look for a suitable weather window for a departure from the Gold Coast on the 14th of May 2018.

The actual departure date may be on this date or on a day as soon after this date as dictated by the weather conditions.

Vessels participating in the rally are encouraged to be in the Gold Coast area by May 1st 2018 and must be READY TO DEPART for New Caledonia on May 14 th 2018.

The rally entry fee of just $880.00 (inc gst)

is better value than ever !

The discounts our rally partners offer our rally participants can easily save you more than the fee for joining the rally !

Rally Participants will receive:

  • The opportunity to voyage to New Caledonia and cruise in New Caledonia & Vanuatu in company with other rally participants.
  • Advice, individual & group support before, during and after the rally by Down Under Rally organisers.
  • Participants email pack including the following guides :
  • Preparing to depart Australia by yacht
  • Preparing to visit New Caledonia 
  • Arriving and cruising in New Caledonia
  • Lodgment of documentation required to obtain outward clearance from the Australian Border Force
  • Full Service inward clearance on arrival in New Caledonia (quarantine, customs & immigration) at a rally specific location.
  • Passage planning advise
  • Professional Weather routing for the voyage from the Gold Coast to New Caledonia
  • On Passage SSB / HF Daily Radio Position and Weather routing updates.
  • Customised YIT web page with voyage tracking.  
  • An invite to our "Get to know your Iridium GO" & PredictWind Offshore App seminar.
  • Informative departure briefing by the Down Under Rally
  • Invitation to the Down Under Go East Rally  "Bon Voyage Party"
  • Invitation to the Down Under “Go East” Rally "Bonjour les Marins" events in Noumea.
  • 2 x "Grotty Yachty" Down Under "Go East" Rally T-shirts (extras for crew available by order)
  • 1 x Down Under "Go East" Rally Flag (extras for souvenirs available by order)

Discounts and special offers from our rally partners include:

  • Discounts on marina berthing on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and in New Caledonia
  • Discounts of up to 35% from marine chandlery supplies .
  • Discounts on watermakers, electronics , charts flags and more
  • 20% Discount on Iridium Go marine package when purchased via PredictWind
  • 20% rebate on Standard or Professional PredictWind 1 year Subscription
  • 20% Discount on cruising guides for New Caledonia & Vanuatu. 
  • Discounts on Liferafts and safety equipment.
  • Competitive pricing on Blue water vessel Insurance
  • Competitive pricing on travel insurance tailored specifically for owners and crews of cruising yachts. 

 And much more ........

Special Announcement  - Cruising With a Cause

In 2018 $40.00 from each Go East rally registration fee we receive will be donated to Operation Dog !


The goal of "Operation Dog" is to prevent the suffering of these animals, reduce the stress on the inhabitants of the island who suffer as a result of seeing their animals suffer.

In short "Operation Dog" is a program to control the dog population on the island in a humane manner.

To read more about the Down Under Rally Cruising with a Cause initiative please click here