Down Under Rally Newsletter - September 2019
Having spent almost 3 months Sailing & Cruising in New Caledonia our 2019 Go East Rally participants have departed New Caledonia.
For some it was time to return to Australia but for the majority it was onwards to Vanuatu and what an adventure they are having !
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
"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
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.