Stress Free arrival in Paradise planned for 2019 Go East Rally

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The Down Under Rally has once again arranged for all vessels participating in the 2019 Go East Rally to arrive at Ilot Maitre, New Caledonia instead of Noumea.

With the assistance of Noumea Yacht Services & New Caledonia Tourism and the support of Escapade Ilot Maitre the Down Under Rally has made it possible for participants in the 2019 Down Under Rally to pick up a FREE MOORING (subject to availability) or anchor at Ilot Maitre when they arrive in New Caledonia without having to proceed directly to Noumea for clearance.

Clearance Information

  • The costs associated with obtaining clearances for each vessel and TWO crew members are included in the rally entry fee. *Extra crew members $75.00 pp

  • Full Inward clearance into New Caledonia including Customs, Biosecurity & Immigration clearances will be carried out at Ilot Maitre for all yachts who are registered participants in the 2019 Go East Rally.

  • Clearances of the participating yachts will begin on the day the first vessel of the rally fleet arrives in New Caledonia which is expected to be 5 days after the date the rally departs the Gold Coast Queensland Australia.

  • Clearances will continue to be conducted until the last of the fleet arrives which is expected to be within 7 days of the date the rally departs the Gold Coast.

  • Clearances take place Monday-Friday. Vessel who arrive on a weekend will be processed on the following Monday.

Rally Events and end of passage celebrations.

All events are free to attend for rally participants (2 persons per vessel. Extra Crew & or guests $150.00 pp) 

Event programme and inclusions.

Daytime events

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  • Welcome to New Caledonia presentation by New Caledonia Tourism

  • Cruising New Caledonia presentation

  • Cruising Vanuatu presentation

  • Cruisers Olympics- (fun for all ages- take part & win prizes)

Evening Events- End of passage celebrations !

Anything Nautical Theme !

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  • Welcome cocktail compliments of New Caledonia Tourism

  • Traditional welcome and dance display by local group WE CE CA

  • Buffet Feast then unwind & celebrate your arrival with live music and dancing till late.

  • Party theme Anything Nautical - Just for fun, come dressed as anything nautical! Pirates, wenches, captains, deckhands, mermaids, sea monsters, sailors, all welcome. Prizes for best dressed.

Rally participants also receive:

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  • Full access to and use of Ilot Maitre resort facilities for 1 week.

  • 20% Discount off buffet meals at the resort restaurant for 1 week.

  • Daily happy hour drink specials for 1 week

  • 40% Discount on transfers on the fast catamaran between Ilot Maitre and Noumea for 1 week. (This makes it really easy to re-provision and explore the city without having to worry about where to leave the boat in Noumea)

PLEASE NOTE: Events are scheduled to take place 7 days after the scheduled rally departure date of the 6th May 2019. Should the rally departure date be delayed the event date will also change accordingly.