August 3rd, 2019

2020 Pacific Circuit Rally

The 2020 Pacific Circuit Rally:

Covid-19 update – After much thought and discussion Island Cruising NZ is very sad to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Pacific Circuit Rally. With New Zealand now in lockdown and all borders closed to visiting yachts, the recovery time will be insufficient for rally participants to properly finish preparations for the 5 month adventure through the islands. There are also many items for the organisation of this rally that we would need to commit to financially in the coming weeks. With such uncertainty around how long Covid-19 is likely to persist, Island Cruising NZ is unable to make further progress. We also strongly feel that to proceed with the 2020 rally may put the Pacific communities that we are set to visit at unnecessary risk. So many unknowns make the planning of such an event impossible for us at present. Stay well.

This is not just a destination rally. This is support from start to finish with everything you need to visit and enjoy these beautiful countries.

Let us help you explore new places, make new friends and assist you with everything you need to know to make your journey the best you can.

What is included in your Rally fees:

Pre-departure week activities in Opua, Bay of Islands
Rally Information Packs and Briefing papers during lead up
Large Rally Flag & ICNZ Burgee, to be flown below the country courtesy flag at all times throughout the rally.
2 x Rally Tee shirts.
2 x Island Cruising Caps
1 x Rally bag
Folder for all your paperwork and briefing papers. Clearance Form pack and assistance with form filling for the departure from New Zealand Clearance Form pack and assistance with form filling for the arrivals and departure in Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu & New Caledonia.
Advanced Notice of departure from New Zealand Organised New Zealand Customs Clearance
Organisation of alcohol discount and GST free export quality meat. Collation of vessel information & communications for RCC, Wellington Passage Guardian Service offshore with Northland Maritime Radio
Transport of Officials: Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia
Organised Customs, Immigration & Biosecurity Clearances
Assistance with one way travel into New Caledonia
Rally tracker in association with PredictWind

Passage Planning/ Weather Briefings in association with PredictWind & meteorologist.                                                                                                   Skippers meetings & chart marking sessions
In -country information sheets
Daily Radio Skeds when fleet together
Extra Discount on Vanuatu & New Caledonia Rocket Guides (direct download only)
Beach party with Rum & Fruit punch in Tonga and New Caledonia
Beach games afternoon Musket Cove, Fiji
Organisation of Welcome & Farewell events in each country (Meals extra) Provision of in-Rally co-ordinator
Availability of the Island Cruising NZ Directors assistance
Meet other cruisers and make lifelong friendships
Be part of a support network to help deal with any challenges along the way Build your confidence at sea & learn new skills
Connect with other families with children.
Access to sailors who have done it before.
Anything else we can think of to make your Rally experience enjoyable!

Where will the Rally go?:

The Pacific Circuit Rally departs in Mid May (weather permitting) and visits:

  • Tonga
  • Fiji (via Lau group)
  • Vanuatu (via Anatom)
  • Loyalty Islands(via Lifou)
  • New Caledonia
  • Returning to New Zealand in mid October.

Please note that a requirement of the Pacific Circuit Rally is that each boat MUST have a working AIS transponder onboard AND an offshore send & receive email capability ie Iridium Go.