Go East Rally

Australia to New Caledonia

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 and benefits.

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Go West Rally

New Caledonia to Australia

The primary goal of the Down Under "Go West" Rally is to provide those who are heading Down Under with a professional and informative introduction to Australia.

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Meet the rally organisers & your Aussie Hosts
John & Leanne Hembrow 

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Aussies,  John & Leanne have been full time cruisers since 2009. They originally departed from Brisbane Australia and since then they have well over 25,000 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 . Songlines is now home to John & Leanne.

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Songlines sails east each year in May from the Gold Coast with the Down Under "Go East" Rally and returns in November with the Down Under "Go West" Rally to spend "Summer Down Under" .

As well as being involved in the organisation of the Down Under Rally Leanne is also a qualified Yoga Instructor and you will find her offering Yoga 4 Yachties in most every port along the way. Check out her website yoga4yachties.com.

In 2016 John & Leanne were nominated for the Cruising Helmsman Magazine / My Sailing  "Cruiser of the year award"and In 2017 The Down Under Rally was the recipient of the AIMEX innovation award. 

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. She also has extended sterns for increased buoyancy and better sailing performance.
She is easily managed by a shorthanded crew, with all halyards, sheets and reef lines return to the completely enclosable cockpit. So when you see "Songlines" drop by and say "gidday mate!"


Our Partners.

We are very grateful for the generous support of our many sponsors. If you would like to promote your business or services to rally participants, find out how you can get involved today.


Interested in partnering with the Down Under Rally? Please click PARTNER WITH US for more information.