January 18, 2018


The race/cruise rally to Noumea, spanning the start dates from 23rd May through to 2nd June, is getting closer.  We were fortunate in January to have Laurence and Philippe from CNC participate in the sailing regattas, Philippe as International Judge in the Protest Committee and Laurence as the mother of a talented young sailor.  They were able to share CNCs plans and details for the reception they have awaiting for us in June.

With up to 60 boats contemplated from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, all converging on Noumea in the first week of June, CNCs own marina does not have capacity and Port Moselle nearby has allocated 60 berths.  This will enable all participating yachts to moor together and enjoy hospitality and camaraderie.  Port Moselle has deep water berths (6-7 meters) and has a bar, showers, toilets, shore power and adjoins the local fresh food markets.  Customs clearance will be organised by Port Moselle marina.  The marina has allowed for a stay of up to one month provisionally.  Should any visiting boats participate in the Groupama race, further discounts will apply whilst staying in the marina.  A detailed information pack is assessible through the following link: Sail to Discover Noumea.pdf

With the racing fleet arriving the first week of June, the prize giving has been scheduled for Saturday 9 June and this will be held at Chateau Royale.  Chateau Royale is offering preferred rates for accommodation and is a beachfront resort approx.. 20 minutes’ walk from the marina.  A fun race on 9th June may also be organised with crew being supplemented with local sailors where race crews have already departed.

Hear more details at our next information evening, Wednesday 14 February, 18:30 at RQ’s auditorium …  the most believable excuse on Valentine’s day!



The shortest 4 months has just commenced …

If you are planning to join the race or cruise rally to Noumea, the shortest 4 months has just began.  The countdown to the cruise rally is on, with the earliest start date of 23 May.

Whilst there is a lot of planning and preparation now to undertake this exciting international adventure, the Club and those that have done it before are here to assist.  Over the next 4 months we will be holding Sail Noumea information evenings with specialist topics relevant to planning, preparing and performing all activities needed for a successful international voyage.  Come and hear the special arrangements that are being made in Noumea for our arrival.  Fortunately Philippe Mazard, Commodore of CNC, has been in Brisbane as the international adjudicator for the recent sailing regattas and we met with him and Laurence who outlined exciting marina berth arrangements, accommodation opportunities and the scheduled program for our arrival.  With over 15 entries from Qld, over 20 from Sydney, 10 from Melbourne and 10 from Auckland, the camaraderie where all boats will be berthed together will be legendary.  Further updates will be provided, both via In the Wind and at our information evenings.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next evening session on Wednesday 14th February at 6.30 p.m. in the auditorium.  There will be a further 3 information sessions on the 2nd Wednesday of each month leading up to the race.


P.S. There are 5 confirmed entries on the website. Please start by confirming your entry there https://www.rqys.com.au/events/brisbane-to-noumea-2018/

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