After the success of the inaugural Oyster World Rally in 2013-14, organised exclusively for the owners of Oyster yachts, Oyster owners wanted more, and we obliged! The 2017-19 Oyster World Rally was born and 31 yachts left Nelsons Dockyard, Antigua, on 15 January 2017, this time for a 27 month fully supported voyage around the globe. The route took the Oyster fleet to the world’s most beautiful sailing grounds, making the best of weather patterns and with plentiful time for breakaway cruising and inland exploration.
The Oyster Shore team were once again on hand at every destination, easing the way for everything from mooring and provisioning to clearing in and out of ports, while also on hand to help with maintenance advice, technical support, spares as well as providing local knowledge and contacts. A great sense of community was formed by sharing the adventure and exploits together, whether out at sea over SSB radio or once in harbour relaxing or making ready for the next passage. The parties were also legendary!
Once again the favourite locations that our Oyster owners loved were the unspoilt Galapagos Islands, Tuamotos Islands in French Polynesia, Komodo and Rinca in Indonesia and Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
Many of those that took part were attracted to the adventure of a circumnavigation knowing they would have safety in numbers while still maintaining their freedom to roam.
Oyster 575 Tianelle
"What would I say to someone who’s considering it? If you’re available to do it then don’t hesitate, there’s one life, live it!"
Oyster 56 Sea Flute
"When we were planning this rally, there were probably 100 reasons why the timing wasn’t perfect. But if you’ve got your health, and you can afford to do it then absolutely go for it, no question."
Oyster 575 Miss Tiggy
"A moment in time when it dawned on us that this could be the place that was incredibly rare in our world – an unintentional timeless and understated haven."
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