Mackay Marina has again shown that it is the preferred port for international yachting rallies with the Island Cruising Association (ICA), confirming Mackay as the official Port of Entry for the Australian leg of their 2012/13 Western Pacific Rally.
'Mackay Marina has all the facilities to support a fleet entry of this size and the local Marina and the Mackay Tourism have been very supportive in the planning for this event' said ICA director John Martin.
Arrival at Mackay is scheduled for 11th October this year. Using Mackay as a base the fleet will cruise the surrounding area, including the Whitsundays before heading south as far as Hobart.
The Western Pacific rally departs from Opua in New Zealand on the fifth of May 2012 on what will be the Island Cruising Associations biggest adventure yet. This 10 month odyssey takes in Vanuatu, The Solomon’s, Louisiade’s, Australia’s east coast from Mackay to Hobart before heading back to New Zealand at Nelson and finishing back in Opua late March2013. Participants can join or leave the rally at various points along the way.
For full details or to register visit www.islandcruising.co.nz