Brisbane to Noumea 2018
Take the hassle out of preparing and planning by joining a fleet of cruisers / racers in June 2018 to beautiful French New Caledonia, with options to cruise to the Loyalty Islands, Vanuatu, Chesterfield Reef, the Louis Cader Archipelago.
Conquer the 850nm to Noumea under the watchful eye of Club Race Control, after your safety systems have been reviewed to meet Cat 1, with Customs conveniently handled.
On arrival at Noumea, our participating Yacht Club Cercle Nautique Caledonien (CNC) will greet you with a very French hospitality pack of fromage and wines and a local “Godfather” who will support your shore based needs, including translation!
Parallel races are being run by CYCA from Sydney and RAYC from Auckland and the confluence in Noumea in early June promises a celebration of international proportions. Perhaps a local fun race in the idyllic lagoon off Noumea with tri-nations competing would be a fitting end to the longest offshore race in the southern hemisphere and a fitting start to extended cruising to some of the remotest and most beautiful anchorages in the world. (I’ll be corrected on the longest S.H. race, damn Google!).
The race/cruise was last run by RQYS in 2015 when over 15 boats participated, including Karl Kwok’s Beau Geste which completed the race in 2 days. Division 2 boats, which started the race a day earlier, arrived to finish with the Division 1 boats and enjoyed the ensuing hospitality. Starting the Division 2 boats a day earlier improves the opportunity for the smaller boats to participate, providing great support both through the race and on arrival. To arrive before the party starts, is the only way to start the finish!
This event also supports our vast cruising fraternity. Select your weather window in the week prior and enjoy the security of safety scrutiny and radio schedules during your passage in company.
Friday June 1st 2018 – Division 2
Saturday June 2nd 2018 – Division 1 & Multihulls
Owners and charterers of eligible monohull and multihull boats are invited to enter the Brisbane to Noumea Ocean Race.
This race is organised and conducted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron with the co-operation of Cercle Nautique Caledonien.
The race will start at 1200 to the east of Green Island on Brisbane’s beautiful Moreton Bay. After clearing Moreton Bay, yachts won’t sight land again until they see the Amadee Light south of the capital of New Caledonia, Noumea; and whilst the fringing reefs of New Caledonia can be tricky the crews will know that the reception they get at Cercle Nautique Caledonian will be warm and welcoming.
Groupama Race – Following the Brisbane to Noumea 2018 Race
12:00 am - 10:15 pm
01/06/2018 - 06/06/2018