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Rainman Watermakers partners with the Down Under Rally

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 :

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"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.


At the end of my research I decided I liked what I had learned and heard, and it was time to see if Rainman Desalination would like to partner with the Down Under Rally". 

The outcome is that we are excited to announce that not only have Rainman Desalination "come aboard" as a rally partner they are also offering a:

"Rally Good Deal" 

$400 off the retail price of any NEW Rainman Watermaker system.

Here is how to get the deal:

  • Join the either the Down Under "Go West"  or "Go East" Rally
  • Contact either of the Rainman Watermaker dealers listed below.
  • Provide them with your Down Under Rally or certificate of participation.
  • Get $400 off the retail price of any NEW Rainman Watermaker system.

Gold Coast & Melbourne

Glen Seccombe
Phone: +61 (1) 800 761 159
Email: sales@gorvmarine.com.au
Website: www.gorvmarine.com.au

Brisbane

The Watermaker Man
Brett Swann
Phone: +61 41 44 77 602
Email: banddswann@thewatermakerman.com
Website: www.thewatermakerman.com.au

Making Memories with a little help from the Down Under Rally

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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.

 

 

Paul and Sue also attended our First Aid for Cruisers Course at the Boat Works Gold Coast and brushed up on their skills - just in case. 

Paul and Sue also attended our First Aid for Cruisers Course at the Boat Works Gold Coast and brushed up on their skills - just in case. 

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.

2017 Go East Rally participants sharing stories and enjoying each others company aboard Supa Trooper

2017 Go East Rally participants sharing stories and enjoying each others company aboard Supa Trooper

 

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.

 

Provisioning in Vanuatu in preparation for the voyage to Australia

Provisioning in Vanuatu in preparation for the voyage to Australia

 

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. 

 

 

Paul choosing his runner to enter into the Mudcrab Races in Byndaberg during the welcome week

Paul choosing his runner to enter into the Mudcrab Races in Byndaberg during the welcome week

Before leaving Vanuatu to return home to Australia "Super Trooper" decided to join the Down Under "Go West" Rally and sail into the port of Bundaberg to join in all the fun of the "Go West Rally Welcome Week (for Paul and Sue it was "Welcome Home Week")

 

 


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.
Cheers
Paul & Sue

"OUTWARD BOUND" aboard s.v Super Trooper

SAILING FROM AUSTRALIA TO VANUATU 2017

"HOMEWARD BOUND"aboard s.v Super Trooper

SAILING FROM VANUATU TO AUSTRALIA

Video by Paul Waterson

 

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 Rally says:"Well done team Supa Trooper" and thanks for sharing your experiance with us.

Win 10 litres of Jotun Seavictor 40 Antifoul

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How to enter and win

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  1. Join the 2018 Down Under "Go East" Rally from the Gold Coast to New Caledonia before January 22nd 2018
  2. Make a booking with the Boat Works Gold Coast before the 22th January 2018 to haul out your vessel anytime between January 22nd - April 30th 2018
  3. Haul out your vessel at the Boat Works Gold Coast anytime between January 22nd and April 30th 2018.
  4. Email confirmation of your booking to the Down Under Rally to enter the draw: downunderrally@gmail.com
  5. When your vessel is hauled out at the Boat Works visit Marine Trade Supplies located on site at the Boat Works, present your 2018 Go East Rally certificate of participation. Marine Trade Supplies will then confirm your vessel has been hauled out and you can collect the prize.

The Down Under "Go East" Rally departs the Southport Yacht Club on or soon after May 14th 2018.

To join the rally or learn more about the rally itself go to: www.downunderrally.com

You gotta be in it to win it !

  • The winner will be notified by email on January 22nd.
  • The winner will need to collect the prize from Marine Trade Supplies superstore at the Boatworks no later than April 30th 2018.


International Yachties give Australia the thumbs up !

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.

Paolo - s.v Sanganeb II of Italy

Paolo - s.v Sanganeb II of Italy

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

Best Kept Secret in the Pacific ?

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.
 

We hope you enjoy watching it because we loved doing it !

One of the most beautiful atolls in the Pacific.

Hi everyone,

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.

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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.

Herve and the officials aboard Songlines which is anchored in Lifou.

Herve and the officials aboard Songlines which is anchored in Lifou.

Taking the Biosecurity officer in our dinghy to do a quarantine inspection of each of the yachts in the anchorage at Lifou.

Taking the Biosecurity officer in our dinghy to do a quarantine inspection of each of the yachts in the anchorage at Lifou.

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.

The Supermarket in Lifou

The Supermarket in Lifou

Yacht crews returning to the dingy dock with their provisions 

Yacht crews returning to the dingy dock with their provisions 

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.

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Our focus at the moment is on the "Go West Rally" which sails from New Caledonia to Bundaberg.

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

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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.

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Once the Go West rally is over our focus will shift back to the Go East rally

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/

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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/ 

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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.

 

2018 Offshore Cruising Preparation Courses

Learn skills, gain confidence !

Along with rewards, adventures and discoveries that come with offshore cruising there are also some unique challenges. By gaining some insight into these challenges we believe that you will be better prepared to manage them when they arise.

This course is an investment in both your cruising safety and enjoyment

2 day course for 2 people $550.00.
Course locations : 
Southport Yacht Club - Main Beach, Hollywell & Dux Gold Coast Queensland
Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay Newport NSW
For more info go to:
https://www.downunderrally.com/offshore-cruising-prep-cour…/

Down Under Rally wins Australian Marine Industry Award

The Australian Marine Industry Awards are presented annually to reward the outstanding achievements of Australian businesses in the marine export, superyacht and commercial sectors. The Awards are organised by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX), Superyacht Australia and the Australian Commercial Marine Group (ACMG).

And the winner for the most innovative marine industry product or service is…. Down Under Rally

We were disappointed not to be able to attend the awards ceremony as we were on passage with the Go East Rally on the night however we would like to thank AIMEX and the panel of judges for choosing The Down Under Rally us as the award recipient. We are humbled and very grateful to receive this recognition of our efforts to date .  

For those who are interested below is what was read out on the night the award was announced.

"The Down Under Rally is a service provider within the Nautical Tourism sector holding two yacht rallies on an annual basis for cruising yachts. The rallies are the Down Under “Go West” Rally & The Down Under “Go East” Rally assisting cruising yachts make their way to Australian waters. The rally provides participants with incentives and benefit’s and is a great way for visiting yachts to meet other cruising yachtsmen & women with whom they can share the experience and the journey. The activities of the Down Under Rally are focused on increasing the number of yachts that visit Australia and in turn assist in securing more revenue for the Australian tourism and marine sector. Down Under Rally director, John Hembrow and his wife Leanne have been Nautical Tourists for the past 8 years. Their approach to attracting more vessels to Australia has certainly seen an increase in yacht visitation. Congratulations Down Under Rally!"  

 

Rally News & Upcoming Events

Go East & Go West Rally News
& Event Invitations


The countdown begins! 

With just over 5 weeks to go before participants in the  2017 Down Under Go East Rally set sail out of the Gold Coast seaway for New Caledonia, the excitement is really starting to build!

Many of the participants vessels are currently at the Boatworks "Boat Spa" and being spoiled with everything from new rigging to new antifoul being applied and installed.

It seems there is alot of interest about the types of vessels that have entered with the most asked question to date being; "How many catamarans and how may monohulls have registered?"

Of the 25 vessels that are currently registered we have: 12 Catamarans, 12 Mono Hulls and 1 Trimaran. 


Event
Everyone Welcome!
East Meets West.

Join us for an informal get together, share some food and a couple of drinks, catch up with a few mates and make a few new ones and just enjoy the company of like minded people. If you can play an instrument then bring it along and maybe join your fellow cruisers for a bit of a jam session.


Event
Free Info Session
Yacht Systems
Repairs & Maintenance

 27th April 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Australian Marine Wholesale
The Boatworks
Unit 2, Building L, 1 Boatworks Drive, Coomera, QLD 


2017 Go West Rally - Registrations Open

The Down Under Rally will pay the fees associated with the initial biosecurity pratique & timber inspection of all vessels that are registered participants of the 2017 Down "Go West" Rally. To find out about all the rally benefits, date and events go to;/www.downunderrally.com/about-go-west/ or click the link below