Down Under Rally Schedule


*Departs May .

Australia to New Caledonia & Vanuatu


*Departs October/November

New Caledonia & Vanuatu to Australia


*Departs July

Australia to Indonesia


*Departs August

New Caledonia to Vanuatu


*Departs Fiji or Vanuatu September

Special Clearance Eastern New Caledonia.


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FREE Guide to Sailing to & Cruising in Australia, featuring Fiji, New Caledonia & Vanuatu stopover info

Meet the rally organisers - John & Leanne Hembrow and their vessel - Songlines

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About John & Leanne

Aussies, John & Leanne have been full time cruisers since 2009. They originally departed from Brisbane, Australia and since then they have well over 30,000 ocean miles under their keels.

In 2010 they cruised the west coast of Central America and then in 2012 crossed the pacific on their 54 Moody "Red Sky" before selling her early in 2014. In November 2014 they purchased Songlines a 48.8 Ocean Catamaran.

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About Songlines

Songlines is an Ocean 48.8 performance sailing catamaran launched December 2005 in South Carolina USA.

An owners version, three cabin, two bathroom version, she has the Larouge signature moulded curved fore-beam.

When you see Songlines drop by and say "g'day mate!"



In 2016 John and Leanne were nominated for the Cruising Helmsman Magazine / My Sailing  "Cruiser of the year award".

In 2017 The Down Under Rally was the recipient of the AIMEX innovation award. 

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