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.

Why sail to New Caledonia with the down Under Rally?

The Down Under Go East rally is ideal for those who would like to make the voyage in to the pacific (perhaps for the first time) in the company of other vessels.

Sure you could probably sail to New Caledonia on your own, we did, and what a learning curve it was!

There was no rally from Australia to New Caledonia 10 years ago when we first made the voyage so we had to do all the research and make all the mistakes along the way. Many of them were costly mistakes and some of them could easily have lead to disaster. All of them were avoidable. Some would say that these type of thing are all part of the adventure and for some maybe they are.

Over the past few years The Down Under Rally has gained considerable experience and knowledge as a result of having made multiple voyages to and from New Caledonia and having cruised there extensively. This experience and knowledge is an invaluable resource which we share with our rally participants and can save you from making these same mistakes and many others.

Over the past few years the Down Under Rally also has created valuable relationships with businesses and government departments both in Australia and New Caledonia. Our rally participants also benefit greatly form these relationships.

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Why New Caledonia ?

Being the closest pacific island country to Australia New Caledonia has much to offer visiting yachts.

In fact the Down Under Rally believes New Caledonia is the best kept secret in the pacific.


Make Some Memories!

The Down Under Rally believes that we make the entire experience more enjoyable and more memorable but don`t take our word for it:

About the Go East Rally

The 2019 Down Under "Go East" Rally will depart The Gold Coast in Queensland in May 2019.

The Go East rally is a 'destination rally' meaning that once participants arrive in New Caledonia it is up to them to decide how long they stay, wether they would like to sail onwards to Vanuatu and when and from where they depart for the return voyage to Australia. In the past some participants have chosen to sail south to New Zealand or North to the Solomon Islands for cyclone season instead of returning to Australia. It is entirely up to you!

We will be instructing our meteorologist/ professional weather router to look for a suitable weather window for a departure for the 2019 Go East Rally fleet from the Gold Coast on the 6th of May 2019.

The actual rally 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 requested to be in the Gold Coast area by the 1st of May 2019 and must be READY TO DEPART from the Gold Coast for New Caledonia on May 6th 2019.

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VIP Inward Clearance

Many of those sailing to New Caledonia will be doing so for the first time an as such have not experienced the process of arriving and obtaining inward clearance. For many this can be a stressful process especially at the end of a 6 day ocean passage. Add to that the challenges the language barrier (for those of us who do not speak French) brings and you can probably image that this can be a stressful time.Those who choose to join the Go East Rally will have an entirely different experience !

Like to know more ?

Click the button below to register your interest in joining the Go East Rally and we will send you our rally intro email.

Ready to join us ?

For information about the rally entry fee & all the benefits participants receive click the button below

Want to see more ?

Check out the video footage below from past Go East Rallies.

"Down Under Rally delivers the WOW"

In this video we share some footage of the preparations for the voyage, the rally events, the voyage itself, the rally arriving in New Caledonia and some VERY SPECIAL and VERY MEMORABLE MOMENTS along the way.
Join the 2017 Go East rally participants as they prepare for the voyage, sail to, and arrive in New Caledonia. The Down Under Go East Rally which sails from the Gold Coast to New Caledonia each year. The primary goal of the Go East Rally is to provide those who join the rally from Australia to New Caledonia with information, support & benefits.

Special Announcement  - Cruising With a Cause

In 2019 $40.00 from each Go East rally registration fee we receive will be donated to our "Cruising with a Cause" beneficiary 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