Rally Great Deals from over 60 Rally Partner Businesses

One of the benefits of joining a Down Under Rally is that you will receive Rally Great Deals from our rally partner businesses.

Featured below are the latest versions of 2019 Rally Great Deals Directories. These directories are emailed to all Down Under Rally participants when they join any Down Under Rally.

The Rally Great Deals provided vary from business to business and from product to product . We encourage our rally participants to contact the businesses that feature in the directory before making any purchases of related products and services and ask for the ‘Rally Great Deal’ .

This year there are two Rally Great Deals directories. One is for the participants in the Go East & Go West Rallies and the other for participants in the Go North Rally. The reason for this is that some of the offers in Go East & Go West directory are specific to destinations in the SW Pacific and as will not be relevant to those sailing to Indonesia and visa versa.

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Rally Great Deals Directory - 2019 Go East & Go West Rally participants - Click image above to view

Rally Great Deals Directory -  2019 Go North Rally participants only -  Click image above to view

Rally Great Deals Directory - 2019 Go North Rally participants only - Click image above to view

If you are not a current or past Down Under Rally participant you will still find the Rally Great Deals Directory a useful and convenient way to source many of the products and services that are commonly used by vessels of all shapes and sizes. 

Record Number Of Yachts Join The Down Under 'Go West' Rally

Record Number Of Yachts Join The Down Under 'Go West' Rally

72 YACHTS from 14 COUNTRIES have joined the 2018 Go West Rally.
Having set sail from New Caledonia & Vanuatu at various times over the past couple of weeks 43 of the participating yachts have already arrived in Australia and the remaining 29 are expected to depart and arrive in the next 10 days. The majority have chosen Bundaberg and the as their port of Entry. 

Down Under Rally adds ‘Go North Rally’ to SE Asia.

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The ‘Go North Rally’ is a joint venture with The Multihull Solutions Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia Yacht Rally

The Down Under Rally is excited to announce that we are partnering with The Multihull Solutions Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia Yacht Rally

The ‘Go North Rally’ Team Will Be Responsible For The Following Aspects Of The 2019 Sail 2 indonesia Rally:

  • Distribution of rally info packs

  • Rally registrations.

  • Providing rally participants with all the necessary documentation that will be required to be completed prior to arrival in Indonesia.

  • Providing participants with instructions and assistance in respect to completing the required documentation.

  • Lodgement for processing of participants completed documentation (including visa applications) with the Indonesian government for processing.

At this point the Go North Rally team hands over to our Indonesian partners for the remainder of The Multihull Solutions Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia Yacht Rally including a comprehensive technical briefing at the Indonesian entry point.

Find Out More About The ‘Go North’ Multihull Solutions Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia Yacht Rally

2018 'Go East' Rally participants celebrate arrival in New Caledonia

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32 of the 34 yachts that departed from Southport on the Gold Coast, Australia with the Down Under ‘Go East’ Rally on May 15th 2018 have arrived in New Caledonia. Two vessels returned to Southport soon after departing with autopilot failure.

Overall the passage was a good one however some participants found the first 36 hours challenging thanks to a period of 3-4 metre swells and the occasional squall delivering short bursts of 30 -35 kts winds.

Seasickness was the major issue with the crew of most vessels crews succumbing at some stage, however, as expected the swell reduced and conditions improved on day 3.

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Participants were required to send to Northland Radio position reports along with vessel and crew status updates every 24 hours. This was done by either SSB radio or via email using an Iridium Go.

Northland Radio then monitored progress of the fleet with daily updates being provided to the rally organisers via email.

Positions of vessels that were fitted with an Iridium Go and also had a PredictWind subscription were automatically plotted on the PredictWind Go East Rally tracking page which allowed Northland Radio as well as family and friends of the participants to follow the progress of the fleet in real time. 

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The first two vessels arrived in New Caledonia on May 20th having made the voyage of around 800nm in just over 4 ½ days. The remaining 30 vessels arrived between the 21st and 23rd May.

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With the assistance of Noumea Yacht Services, the Down Under Rally arranged for permission from the New Caledonia authorities for the fleet to arrive and clear in to the country at Ilot Maître instead of Noumea. This allowed the participants to experience a hassle free, relaxed and convenient arrival in New Caledonia.

Officers from New Caledonia biosecurity came to Ilot Maître and were taken to each vessel by the rally organisers to carry out the vessel inspections.

After all the biosecurity inspections had been completed the masters of each vessel were then responsible for gathering the passports of all persons aboard their vessel. The masters then boarded a free ferry at Ilot Maître and were escorted by rally agents Noumea Yacht services to the mainland for customs and immigration clearances. The whole process was well organised and went very smoothly.

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Once all formalities were complete, thanks to the co-operation and support of Ilot Maître resort, rally participants and their crew were able to go ashore at Ilot Maître and take advantage of the opportunity to rest and relax while enjoying full use of the resort facilities and enjoy the luxurious resort grounds.

On May 23rd the Bonjour les Marins (Hello Sailor) events thanks to the support provided by New Caledonia Tourism (NCTPS).

These events took place at the Ilot Maître Escapade Resort and included a morning  session with Yoga4Yachties, Beach Olympics, Welcome to New Caledonia travel and cruising presentation and information session, Traditional dance performance by local group WE-CH-CA, Welcome cocktails, BBQ dinner, Awards ceremony and the final event of the rally, the End of Passage Party.

Greg, Jennie, Jason & Brooke of s.v Leilani B - at the Gilligan`s Island themed end of passage party 

Greg, Jennie, Jason & Brooke of s.v Leilani B - at the Gilligan`s Island themed end of passage party 

2018 Go East Rally - Ilot Maître Highlights video

The majority of the rally participants will now spend the next 10 weeks cruising and exploring New Caledonia and then sail onwards to Vanuatu with the Down Under NC2V Rally (New Caledonia to Vanuatu Rally). A further 6-8 weeks will be spent cruising the waters of Vanuatu before returning to Australia in late October / Early November.

Down Under Rally organisers John and Leanne have been praised by participants for the professional and personal manner in which they have run the 'Go East' Rally with many saying they would not have made the voyage and had such a wonderful experience if it were not for the rally.

Down Under Rally director John Hembrow stated that the rally had exceeded all expectations and added that it would not have been possible with out the support of their many rally partners in particular their premium partners, Bundaberg Port Marina, The Boat Works, DBY Boat Sales, Grotty Yachty Clothing, Multihull Solutions, New Caledonia Tourism & PredictWind.

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If the worst happens while you are "out there" could you save a life ? 

When sailing offshore or in remote locations you can't call 000 and get an ambulance to come to your aid !

Paul & Sue - 2017 Go East Rally Participants

 

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.

 

 

 

 

The Down Under Rally is making it possible for all who are venturing out into the blue to attend a First Aid Course that is being taught by Tony Little who is an accredited first aid trainer and a cruising yachtie.

Tony understands the unique challenges you may be faced with when providing first aid at sea or in remote locations.

For more information about course locations, date and times as well as the course content go to: www.downunderrally.com/first-aid-for-cruisers

Down Under Rally - 2018 Go East Rally Events - MAY 2018

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Event 1 - May 7th

Get your Grotty On ! 

2018 Go East Rally participants only

No RSVP required

Please click the image or link below for more details

www.downunderrally.com/get-your-grotty-on

Join us at the Southport Yacht Club on May 7th to collect your:  GROTTY YACHTY 2018 GO EAST RALLY T-SHIRTS GROTTY YACHTY GOODIES BAG DOWN UNDER RALLY DOCUMENT SATCHEL  

Join us at the Southport Yacht Club on May 7th to collect your: 
GROTTY YACHTY 2018 GO EAST RALLY T-SHIRTS
GROTTY YACHTY GOODIES BAG
DOWN UNDER RALLY DOCUMENT SATCHEL  


Event 2 - May 7th

Get Know your Iridium Go & Predictwind Offshore App

Rally Participants & Rally Partners welcome

RSVP Required.

Please click the image or link below for more details and to RSVP 

www.downunderrally.com/get-to-know-your-go

Nick Olsen from PredictWind is flying in from New Zealand to make this presentation.  DURING THIS PRESENTATION NICK WILL DEMONSTRATE:   HOW TO OPERATE YOUR IRIDIUM GO HOW TO USE THE IRIDIUM GO VOICE / MESSAGING & MAIL APPLICATIONS HOW TO OBTAIN AND UNDERSTAND PREDICTWIND WEATHER FORECASTS AND WEATHER ROUTING USE THE PREDICTWIND OFFSHORE APPLICATION. 

Nick Olsen from PredictWind is flying in from New Zealand to make this presentation. 
DURING THIS PRESENTATION NICK WILL DEMONSTRATE:  
HOW TO OPERATE YOUR IRIDIUM GO
HOW TO USE THE IRIDIUM GO VOICE / MESSAGING & MAIL APPLICATIONS
HOW TO OBTAIN AND UNDERSTAND PREDICTWIND WEATHER FORECASTS AND WEATHER ROUTING USE THE PREDICTWIND OFFSHORE APPLICATION. 


Event 3 - May 10th

Go East Rally Bon Voyage - Masquerade Party

2018 Go East Rally participants, crew members & Down Under Rally partners all welcome ! 

RSVP Required

Please click the image or link below for more details and to RSVP

www.downunderrally.com/bon-voyage-party

The word "masquerade" has its roots in the French word,"mascarade" and given that we are off to the french colony of New Caledonia we decided to theme the party!  You can make , hire or buy a mask. It can be a traditional masquerade mask or any mask that you want to wear the only theme is that of having a bit of fun!   There will be a prize for the couple chosen as best masked couple! 

The word "masquerade" has its roots in the French word,"mascarade" and given that we are off to the french colony of New Caledonia we decided to theme the party!

You can make , hire or buy a mask. It can be a traditional masquerade mask or any mask that you want to wear the only theme is that of having a bit of fun! 

There will be a prize for the couple chosen as best masked couple! 


On the Gold Coast and Need a Lift ?

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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

Email: shininglightcrew@gmail.com

  

Mention the Down Under Rally when you call !