Please select your home edition
Edition
Protector 728x90

'Port2Port' Rally arrives Australia from Vanuatu

by Des Ryan on 15 Nov 2011
On land at last - Cruising kids play in the marina after arriving from Vanuatu .. .
More than eighty yachts taking part in the Annual 'Port2Port' Rally - Port Vila in Vanuatu to the Port of Bundaberg in Queensland, have arrived in Australia, with the last stragglers soon to arrive.

THE last few yachts in the Port2Port rally are expected to arrive at the Bundaberg Port Marina this week.

The annual event, which starts in Vanuatu and other destinations in the Pacific islands, this year underwent some major changes, including allowing two months for arrival rather than 10 days.

Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club president Lesley Grimminck said about 75 of the 85 boats had already arrived, with some staying at Burnett Heads for the entire spread of festivities and others moving on.

'We have about tripled (the number of boats) compared to last year and double the number from previous years,' she said.

Ms Grimminck said throughout festivities after the rally regular events were held, such as a weekly bus tour to different spots in Bundaberg, a Sunday night barbecue and happy hour on Friday afternoon.

This year the club also released the magazine, Gateway Port Bundaberg, across the Pacific to promote the event.

The rally is always, in true cruising tradition, strictly not competitive. However, prizes are given for the yacht that most accurately forecasts its arrival time. The Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club, a band of dedicated volunteers who formed the club just to run the rally, traditionally turn on an exhausting welcome for the newly arrived sailors.

The rally consists of cruisers from many nations, many of them circumnavigators who use the rally as a fun way to finish their Pacific crossing, with many children taking part as part of a family adventure.

Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club president Lesley Grimmick said yachts from many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, the USA and Great Britain, took part in the rally.

Many of the North American and European yachts will continue on to Darwin and South East Asia, while many of the Australian boats have completed their circumnavigations or finished their cruising in the Pacific, and all of the boats will have reached Bundaberg before the cyclone season begins!

Naiad/Oracle SupplierProtector - 660 x 82PredictWind.com 2014

Related Articles

America's Cup - Video from the Great Sound - May 23
Latest video coverage Bermuda's Great Sound as the teams in fresher breezes. Latest video coverage Bermuda's Great Sound as the teams sail in fresh breezes with two days to go to the start of racing. However according to Predictwind.com the breeze will be gusting to over 30kts at race time (5.00pm local time) on Friday May 26, and unless the forecast changes, racing is unlikely to take place with a 24kt wind limit in place,
Posted today at 3:45 am
America's Cup - Russell Coutts - 'Never give up'
Sir Russell Coutts, the current CEO of Oracle Team USA, has won the America’s Cup five times and is now CEO of ACEA It wasn’t a given that sailing would be my life. I was studying structural engineering when I entered the Olympics in 1984. It was a good interruption to win a medal [a gold in the Finn class sailing] but it was an interruption all the same, so by the time I graduated the 1987 crash had happened and there wasn’t a lot of work.
Posted today at 3:16 am
America's Cup - Video from the Great Sound - May 22
Latest video coverage Bermuda's Great Sound as the teams in fresher breezes. Latest video coverage Bermuda's Great Sound as the teams sail in fresher breezes. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell arrived in Bermuda on the night of May 23. Tomorrow May 24, is a national holiday - Bermuda Day - oddly enough, we hope to start coverage of the 35th America's Cup tomorrow, with there being 1 day and 19 hours left until the first race - according to Cup Countdown at Immigration
Posted today at 2:13 am
Volvo Ocean Race unveils ultimate leadership programme
Launching in the edition after 2017-18, the Global Team Challenge will form the centerpiece of the on-water part This race will provide the ultimate challenge for amateur sailors, including those with no prior experience, giving employees a unique experience of offshore and ocean racing, under the highest standards of training and management, but nonetheless in conditions close to those faced by the professionals.
Posted on 23 May
NBC Sports Group to present more than 40hrs of coverage of 2017 AC
NBC Sports Group will present more than 40 hours of coverage of the 2017 America’s Cup from Bermuda across NBC NBC Sports Group will present more than 40 hours of coverage of the 2017 America’s Cup from Bermuda across NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports app, beginning this Friday, May 26, with coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on NBCSN.
Posted on 23 May
Volvo Ocean Race to strengthen historic connection with Southern Ocean
The changes include a commitment to race activity in every calendar year and a proposed non-stop lap around Antarctica The race has launched a Host City tender process for three editions after the upcoming 2017-18 race – with a commitment to there being race activity of some kind in each and every calendar year. That marks a clear evolution from the current situation, which features a gap of over two years between races.
Posted on 22 May
America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand back on the Great Sound
After being forced off the water for several days, Emirates Team New Zealand's AC50 returned to the Great Sound After being forced off the water for several days, Emirates Team New Zealand's AC50 returned to the Great Sound, today. As well as having her damage from the second day of Practice Session 5 repaired, several new features have been added. Certainly she looked impressive in the lighter winds that prevailed today.
Posted on 22 May
America's Cup - Video from the Great Sound - May 21
Video coverage from Bermuda's Great Sound Video coverage from Day 2 of Practice Session 5 in Bermuda. The racing was marred by a serious collision involving Land Rover BAR and Emirates Team New Zealand - with the Kiwis getting a hole punched in the topside of their boat close to the water line, after they were rammed by the British Challenger.
Posted on 22 May
America's Cup - Final major Practice Session ends in a wimper
Final practice racing period has concluded ahead of the 35th America's Cup - with full practice on only two days Ahead of the start of the 35th America’s Cup, just a week away, (Friday May 26th), the final week of practice racing on the Great Sound had everything. In the final analysis, the six teams only had two full race days out of the five, with light winds restricting sailing. On a third day two teams sailed one race only.
Posted on 20 May
America's Cup - Grant Dalton and Chris Dickson on the story so far
Chris Dickson and Grant Dalton give their assessments of how the teams are shaping ahead of the Qualifiers Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton talks with Radio NZ's John Champbell on being rammed by Land Rover BAR, and how he feels the team is positioned a week out from the start of the 35th America's Cup. Four times America's Cup skipper Chris Dickson, also on Radio New Zealand with John Campbell give his view of that incident and his assessment of where the teams are sitting
Posted on 19 May