Oyster Yachts has announced the dates of its fourth Oyster World Rally, allowing a limited number of sailors to reserve their places for “the voyage of a lifetime”.
The forthcoming Oyster World Rally 2022-23 is fully subscribed, and high demand from Oyster yacht owners wishing to take part in a world circumnavigation has resulted in Oyster Yachts announcing its fourth event, starting in Antigua on 14 January 2024.
With “strictly limited” spaces, the announcement of the 16-month, 27,000 nautical mile circumnavigation of the world, opens up the Oyster World Rally 2024-25 event booking process, and a number of Oyster owners have already committed to take part.
The rally departs Antigua on 14 January 2024, and heads south through the Panama Canal, to the Galapagos Islands, and on to French Polynesia, Tonga, and Fiji before arriving in Australia at the end of July 2024.
Sailing north up the east Australian coast, stopping off at the Whitsundays, Cairns and Darwin, the fleet then sails to Southern Indonesia and across the Indian Ocean to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Mauritius and Reunion before arriving in Durban, South Africa.
A short hop to Cape Town for Christmas precedes the journey to St Helena, before heading back across the Atlantic to South America and northwards, returning to Antigua in April 2025.
The Oyster World Rally team provides world class technical and logistics support from sign-up to attending each major destination along the rally route.
As well as pre-rally technical training, this includes boat preparation and service, boat health checks, liaising with local agents, assistance with Panama Canal transit, managing clearance and immigration procedures, finding berthing in marinas, offering tips on provisioning and even providing professional crew through Oyster Yachts Crew Finder service.
Oyster says: “The route travels across three oceans, covering 27,000 nautical miles over 16 months, and visits some of the world’s most spectacular cruising grounds.
“The route is timed precisely to make the most of global weather patterns so participants can experience the best of each location, with plenty of cruising time at the end of each passage.
“The Oyster team are on hand from the very start, from helping choose the perfect yacht, to making sure crews are fully trained and prepared before leaving.
“Once underway the yachts will be supported by expert Oyster technical and logistics teams on the ground, allowing participants to make the best use of their time in each destination.”
For details visit the Oyster page here