Go East Rally

Rally Great News - September 2019

Rally Great News - September 2019

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 !

More"Rally Good Deals" & More"Rally Great Prizes"

Rally Great Prizes

Australian Marine Wholesale Prize

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Ultra Marine Products Prize

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"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:

Rally Great Prizes

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.


  • Rainman Desalination have also come aboard as a Down Under Rally Partner and they are offering rally participants $400 off the price of any new Rainman Watermaker System!



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.


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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
 

 

Australian Marine Wholesale & Ultra Marine Products are offering rally participants the chance to WIN AGAIN

All you need to do to be in the prize draw is visit their showrooms at the Boat Works. See below for details:


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.