New Caledonia Yacht Rallies and Races


Groupama Around New Caledonia Yacht Race.

The Groupama Yacht Race around New Caledonia is open to local and international yachts. The yachts race southeast to round the southern end of Grande Terre then downwind up the east coast of Grande Terre, around the northern barrier reef and then hard into the wind down the west coast.

The race begins and ends in Noumea. The race happens every two years.


Yacht Rallies and Yacht Races to New Caledonia

Travelling with other yachts is a great way to make a blue water crossing. Not only do you have the advantage of ready assistance should your yacht have a problem at sea but you also benefit from facilitated entry formalities and often the ability to clear into or out of ports that are not normal ports of entry.

2020 Yacht rallies to Noumea New Caledonia

Since 2015 The Down Under Rally has offered yacht rallies for cruisers to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Australia.
These rallies are very popular and receive exceptional reviews from participants, many of whom have never before even considered joining a rally.
The Go East Rally sails from Australia to New Caledonia in May each year and is ideal for those heading offshore for the first time.
The follow on NC2V Rally than sails from New Caledonia to Vanuatu in August.
The Go West Rally sails from Fiji & Vanuatu to Australia and offers those heading to Australia considerable benefits including the cost of Australian inward clearance fees as part of the rally entry fee.
Down Under Rally participants also have the option of joining the Loyalty Islands Rally offering the opportunity to obtain full inward clearance into New Caledonia in the Loyalty Islands instead of having to right sail past these magnificent islands to clear in at Noumea.

Visit, like and or join the Down Under Rally Facebook pages and groups to keep informed about the rallies and find interesting and relevant destination information:

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The Island Cruising NZ Rally 2020

Island Cruising Rallies are extremely popular and successful rallies. The yachts make the passages together and are cleared in and out of each country as a group (thus enabling the yachts to enter in ports not available to single yachts). Once in a country, the yachts can go their own way or stay in small groups, meeting up again for the next passage.

Island Cruising NZ PLANS two yacht rallies to New Caledonia in 2020.

The Pacific Circuit Rally departs mid to late May 2020 to visit Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Loyalty Islands and New Caledonia before returning to New Zealand in October.

The Vanuatu New Caledonia rally will spend June and July in Vanuatu then depart mid August to clear into the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. Yachts can then explore the Loyalty Islands before heading on to the New Caledonia mainland for the rest of the cruising season. The fleet will return to New Zealand, along with the Pacific Circuit Rally fleet, in mid to late October.

Find out all the details of the latest cruises at

Keep up to date with Island Cruising NZ on the Island Cruising NZ Facebook Page

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Ponant Sydney Noumea Yacht Race 2020

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has announced the Ponant Sydney Noumea Yacht Race for 2020 - and the Notice of Race is now available to download from the Club's website. To be organised and conducted by the CYCA, with the co-operation of the Cercle Nautique Caledonien (CNC), the 1064 nautical mile race will start on Sydney Harbour on Saturday, 6 June, 2020. It is open to monohull yachts measuring between 9 and 30.48 metres and incorporates a rally for cruising boats.