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200+ yachts to sail Around Australia Race and Rally in 2011

By Sue Richards last modified Nov 19, 2009 02:21 PM

Published: 2009-11-19 14:21:38
Topics: Rallies
Countries: Australia

The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is known to be the oldest and best attended ocean rally for cruisers, but it has been going for over 20 years. It typically accepts 225 boats. The inaugural Around Australia Race and Rally is promising to have an amazing first year, in that an astounding 203 boats have already reserved places for the 2011 event.

This news comes less than five months after slot reservations were permitted.

Over the years many Clubs considered running such an event but the logistical challenges required to assemble a fleet at a single common starting point anywhere on the 7,500 mile Australian coastline always defeated them, because that meant many of the fleet would be sailing two or three thousand miles to the start and then home again after the finish.

A beaming organiser, Bob Williams, explained today, "A key feature of both events is that participants can Start and Finish their participation in the event from a principle port of choice which may be their home port or a port nearby.

"Crew changes are permitted at stop-over ports. These features are responsible for the rapid take up of Race and Rally event Slot Reservations.

"The 2011 Around Australia Ocean Rally event spans over 12 months, with the first Rally yachts will start from Perth in late January 2011. Both the Race and Rally fleet will come together in October 2011 when the yachts arrive in Perth for a 10 day stop-over".

Williams continued, "The reservations have been coming in faster than expected. We now have the wonderful problem of managing a very major fleet race and rally around Australia. We intend it to be the best. Please keep the Slot Reservations coming."

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