When sailing offshore or in remote locations you can't call 000 and get an ambulance to come to your aid !
If the worst happens it maybe a LONG time before professional help is available so it could be up to you to save a life.
Margaret & Clayton are mates of the Down Under Rally. They are also yachties and they are replenishing the cruising kitty by offering their services as drivers. They are happy to pick you up from anywhere on the Gold Coast and take you to anywhere on the Gold Coast. They are also happy to do airport transfers to and from Brisbane and Gold Coast Airports. A "fair price with great service" is their motto.
If you are wanting to pick up other people along the way they are also happy to do this too which is perfect for getting to rally events at the Southport Yacht Club if your boat is at Coomera or one of the Hope Island Marinas.
Phone : Margaret Dillon 0412 766 388
Phone : Clayton Dillon 0422 174 232
"With over 40 partner businesses all offering "Rally Good Deals" to our Down Under Rally participants you are just about guaranteed to save more than the rally entry fee!"
In addition to all the "Rally Good Deals" already on offer to our rally participants the Down Under Rally is excited to make the following announcements:
Not only are the Boat Works partnering with us again and offering a 10% discount on your *Boat Works Bill (*conditions apply) so are 18 of the businesses who are located within the Boat Works marine precinct and they are all offering "Rally Good Deals" on products and services ranging from Antifouling to Zincs and everything in between! We would like to say "Welcome Aboard" to:
The Down Under Rally invites you to visit the website of each of these 18 businesses and see the huge range of products they sell and the services they provide. Just click on their business name above. Remember if you are a Down Under Rally participant let them know when you contact them and ask for the details of the Down Under Deal.
Please Note : To qualify for the discounts and Down Under Deals you will need to produce your Down Under Rally Certificate of Participation.
Full details of all the offers being made by our rally partners will be provided in our "Guide to Rally Benefits Go East 2018" when you register for the 2018 "Go East" & "Go West" Rallies.
Yesterday, 2018 Go East Rally participants Warren & Debbie of s.v Phase2 won 10 litres of Jotun Seavictor 40 Antifoul thanks to Marine Trade Supplies and Jotun Australia Marine
All you need to do to be in the prize draw is visit their showrooms at the Boat Works. See below for details:
Having returned from New Caledonia late last year I started asking a few people about their watermakers, what they had, what they thought of it etc.
Leanne & Steve of s.v "Easy Tiger" had this to say about their watermaker :
"We have a Rainman and know several people that do. We have the 140 litres an hour unit and have used it extensively. We love it. It's easy. It does exactly what it proclaims to do. We have built ours in now so we don't have to keep pulling it out and setting up. Even that is easy. We would give the unit a 10 out of 10. While we were in Vanuatu we even used it to make water for villagers in the Maskelyne islands. We along with other boats filled up a massive water storage until for for islanders"
Others I spoke to also had great things to say about their Rainman Watermaker so I decided to do some more research.
I discovered that Rainman Desalination was actually the brainchild of a cruising yachtie. This made me even more interested as I have a belief that those who have cruised make the best products for cruisers. The story of how the company began can be found on the Rainman Desalination website at www.rainmandesal.com or you can click this link: A Brief History Of Rainman Desalination
I also discovered that Rainman Desalination was the recipient of several industry awards and many positive reviews.
Gold Coast & Melbourne
Phone: +61 (1) 800 761 159
The Watermaker Man
Phone: +61 41 44 77 602
Back in 2017 Paul and Sue of the catamaran Supa Trooper had for some time been dreaming of "sailing off into the blue"in search of adventure and new experiences.
We met them in February 2017 when they attended the Down Under Rally Offshore Cruising Preparation Course to learn skills and gain confidence in preparation for their first offshore cruising adventure. They subsequently joined the Down Under "Go East" Rally and in May 2017 sailed with the rally from Australia to New Caledonia.
After a successful voyage Paul and Sue spent almost 3 months cruising and exploring the pristine anchorages and islands of the lagoons of New Caledonia often in company of other 2017 Go East Rally Participants.
They sailed onwards to Vanuatu and once again in the company of other rally participants spent just over 2 months visiting many of the islands and experiencing the culture of the local people in the Vanuatu group.
Five months later Paul, Sue & the good ship Super Trooper had achieved their goal having sailed around 4000 nm in just under 5 months. Yesterday (3rd January 2018) Paul & Sue emailed me with this to say:
Hi John & Leanne,
A big Happy New Year to you both!
The videos below were taken by our passage crew Paul & Leah Waterston.
You can tell we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves but most of all, learned an awful lot when you see the difference in confidence, knowledge and the state of the boat, between the outward bound and homeward bound trips!
A big thank you for organising the 2017 Down Under Rallies and we would recommend them both to anyone wishing to sail offshore for the first time.
Paul & Sue
Coincidently Paul Waterson, who made these videos & his wife Leah contacted the Down Under Rally in March 2017 asking if there were any rally participants looking for crew. They subsequently joined Paul & Sue aboard Supa Trooper for both the passage from Australia to New Caledonia and the return voyage from Vanuatu to Australia.
The Down Under "Go West" Rally is "turning the tide" on Australia's reputation within the international cruising community.
In recent times Australia has had a very poor reputation in the international cruising community for several reasons, and as a result, many international yachts have chosen not to include Australia as a destination.
Over the past 3 years the Down Under Rally has been working hard to encourage yachts to visit Australia, and it would seem we are having a positive impact, with over 100 yachts and their crews from countries all over the world including Denmark, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the USA, Canada and New Zealand having joined the "Go West" rally from New Caledonia and Vanuatu to Australia over the past 3 years.
The positive feedback we have received has been that the rally itself and the rally Welcome Week are amongst best run events they have ever attended.
Participants are also saying how pleasantly surprised they are by how professional and friendly the Australian Border Force and Department of Agriculture officials have been, and they have found the clearing in process to be straightforward and much less stressful than they have experienced in many other countries they have visited.
We have posted some of this feedback on the testimonials page of our website in the Go West menu for those who are interested.
Below is a video Leanne Hembrow has put together that explains what the Down Under Rally Welcome Week is all about and shares some of the highlights from what was truly a memorable 2017 Welcome Week.
The rally participants joined in for parties, seminars, mud crab races, hootenannies and more. Leanne has done a fantastic job putting this footage together. She has managed to capture some special moments and some pretty funny ones as well .
We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed being there!
The 2018 Down Under "Go West" Rally is now open for expressions of interest with many expressions of interest having already been received.
Opportunities to partner with the Down Under Rally are also available
In September the Down Under Rally made special arrangements with the New Caledonian Authorities allowing a limited number of yachts to obtain clearance into New Caledonia in the Loyalty Islands.
Normally you cannot stop anywhere in New Caledonia without first having cleared into the country and the only official clearance port is Noumea on the western side of the country.
This often means that many yachts do not get to visit one of the most pristine cruising destinations that the pacific has to offer, the Loyalty Islands which are on the eastern side of New Caledonia.
We have made this short video to share what we truly do believe to be some of the finest cruising on offer.
Well as they say time sure does fly and it is hard to believe we are back in New Caledonia having just returned from Fiji where we spent just over 3 months.
The passage from Fiji to New caledonia was very pleasant passage and we covered the 600nm in 3 days 12hrs.
Normally you cannot stop anywhere in New Caledonia without first having cleared into the country and the only official clearance port is Noumea on the western side of the country. This often means that many westbound yachts do not get to visit one of the most pristine cruising destinations that the pacific has to offer, the Loyalty Islands which are on the eastern side of New Caledonia.
This year the Down Under "Go West" Rally made arrangements for several yachts to permitted to clear into the country in the Loyalty Islands in Lifou.
This involved flying in the officials from the mainland so that they could carry out the biosecurity inspection of each yacht and carry out the necessary immigration and customs procedures.
The officers and our agent Herve of Noumea Yacht Services arrived as planned in the anchorage at 08:00 on Wednesday 27th and I went ashore in our tender to collect them take them to our catamaran Songlines which was to be their office. I then shuttled Herve and the Biosecurity officer to each boat, collected the passports for all crew and returned them to the immigration officers who remained aboard Songlines. Over the next few hours passports were stamped, boats were inspected and all were successfully cleared into the country and free to begin to explore.
Shuttle buses were arranged and everyone went ashore for the ride into town where they were able to visit the bank and get some local currency before hitting the supermarket and stocking up.
By 4.00pm everyone had returned to their boats and at 5.30 a few of the crew of the yachts came to Songlines to see a presentation about cruising New Caledonia we provided using the Cruising New Caledonia Rocket Guide.
Yesterday we departed Lifou and today my office aka Songlines is located in Ouvea in the Loyalty Islands about 40nm to the east of New Caledonia. With its white-sand beach that stretches over 25 klms, Ouvéa is without doubt one of the most beautiful atolls in the Pacific.
33 yachts from 11 countries have registered for the Go West Rally with another 32 expressions of interest having been received.
On the 21st October we are holding a "Go West" info day in Noumea and soon after most of the rally participants will depart for Bundaberg
The goal for most Go West Rally participants will be to arrive in Bundaberg in time for "Welcome Week" which kicks off in Bundaberg on the 6th November and runs through until the 12th November.
As at today we have received 61 expressions of interest in the 2018 Down Under "Go East" Rally from the Gold Coast to Noumea New Caledonia.
During November we expect to finalise all the arrangements with our Go East rally partners and then we will be in a position to determine the rally entry fee and the benifits participants will receive.
As soon as all the rally benifits have been finalised we will send out an email to all who have registered and expression of interest informing them that the rally is open for registration and what the rally fee and the benifits will be. At this stage I expect this will be around the last week in November.
We will also then begin to update the crew available page of our website with details of those who have contacted us looking for crew positions. The URL for that page is https://www.downunderrally.com/crew-available/
Did you know we are holding two info days? For more information about these info days and to reserve your seat please go to: www.downunderrally.com/goeastinfo/
We are also running our Offshore Cruising Preparation courses again. For more information about the course dates , locations and course content please go to www.downunderrally.com/offshore-cruising-prep-courses/
So thats it from us but before we go just a quick thanks to all of you who have like our Facebook page which has just reached 1500 likes !
May your the water stay on the outside of your boat.
May the winds be fair, the seas be slight and the sky be blue.
May your days be filled with new adventures, fabulous destinations and excellent friendships.
Join the 2017 Go East rally participants as they prepare for the voyage, sail to, and arrive in New Caledonia.