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Oyster World Rally - off and away today

'Oyster World Rally is off and away today'    .

It's amazing it took them so long. Oyster wanted to celebrate their 40th Anniversary, and their idea of the 2013 Oyster World Rally proved a winner. It promised a grand adventure, a 16-month odyssey of endless adventure, providing Oyster owners and their guests with a truly unforgettable experience, and it starts today!

A fleet of 27 magnificent examples of the Oyster range are taking part in the first ever Oyster World Rally.

With the fleet hailing from Canada, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States, the rally is a truly international event.

Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour, Antigua in the Caribbean has become the ‘Oyster village’ as the participants, backed by the Oyster Support Team, help each other to make ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Alan du Toit’s brand new Oyster 575, Legend IV will be taking part, this is not the first time Jean and Alan du Toit have sailed around the world but the Oyster World Rally will be a totally different experience for the South African couple.
'25 years ago, my wife and I set off from Cape Town in a small 34 foot yacht, we had little sailing experience and preparation was limited to say the least; we had virtually no means of contacting shore and navigation was by sextant alone. Since then the kids have come along and we have been hankering to get out there again. The timing of the rally has really suited us, as our daughter is enjoying a year away from school and our son is well established, so everything has fallen into place and we are really looking forward to it.'

The Oyster World Rally will visit 31 magical destinations during the circumnavigation, spending most of the time in the Southern Hemisphere. After passing through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific the first ports of call are the Galapagos Islands, Marquesas, Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea.

From the Pacific the fleet will head to the Great Barrier Reef, round the top of Australia, partying in Bali and heading west for Cape Town for Christmas and on to Brazil for the carnival, before joining up for a final grand party with the Oyster Caribbean Regatta in April 2014.

Oyster World Rally provisional route -  .. .  

The rally has been a hands-on affair for Oyster. The Oyster Customer Service Team has been based in English Harbour for three weeks, and the planning and preparation for the rally has been a two-year project led by Debbie Johnson and Eddie Scougall. Both have completed circumnavigations on board Oyster yachts and their wealth of experience makes them the ideal team to support owners on this journey of a lifetime.

Eddie describes the huge amount of preparation that has gone on behind the scenes: 'The planning for the Oyster World Rally has been ongoing for two years and each owner has received an Oyster Rally World guide.

'This document is a digest of all that we have learnt over the past two years. The guide is close to a thousand pages of well-researched and up to date information. A comprehensive study of all of the destinations and practical advice designed precisely for the rally.

Oysters sailing - they’ll spend 16 months mostly in the southern hemisphere -  .. .  

'The personal safety of everybody taking part is our primary concern but the guide also covers issues such as customs and immigration. The Oyster World Rally will visit 15 different countries and regulations vary so much from country to country. Especially at some of the more remote locations, where there are few procedures in place for visiting yachts.

However, by organizing the rally, we have been able to plan a route that would be virtually impossible for any yacht to undergo independently. All of the yachts will be receiving support from Oyster throughout the rally but as many ports of call have few facilities, we have been concentrating on getting the yachts in as best condition as possible before the start.'

Oyster World Rally Event Manager, Debbie Johnson, sums up the atmosphere in English Harbour before the start: 'It is very exciting to finally be in Antigua getting ready for the start. So many sailors dream of sailing around the world and the camaraderie throughout the fleet is just fantastic. The Oyster Support Team is well prepared for the event and we will do everything possible to assist the yachts.

Like all rallies, however, once out at sea however, the nearest help will be the Oyster fleet themselves and that is sure to prove the real spirit of the Oyster World Rally.

The Oyster World Rally starts in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua, today, Sunday 6 January 2013. We're very sure at Sail-World that this won't be the last World Rally that is run by Oyster.

To find more information on the Rally, go to the Oyster Marine website.


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