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
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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. 

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.

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;/ or click the link below