Set sail around the world

Most sailors dream of sailing around the world. For many it remains just that – a dream. But for more than 90 Oyster owners, it has already become a reality that has changed their lives. Thanks to the Oyster World Rally, Oyster owners have an exclusive opportunity to sail around the world on a non-competitive rally, with the added assistance of a professional support team and the camaraderie of fellow yachtsmen and women.

After the success of the 2013-14 and 2017-19 events, our next rallies are set to deliver yet more breath-taking experiences for our Oyster owners. The Oyster World Rally route covers 27,000 nautical miles, crossing three oceans over 16 months and explores the world's most breath-taking cruising destinations. The route is designed around global weather patterns to ensure participants have plenty of time to experience each location at its very best.

Participants receive support from the Oyster team from the moment they sign up to the Rally. This includes help and advice on choosing the perfect Oyster yacht, to making sure participants and crews are fully trained and prepared before setting sail on the voyage of a lifetime. Once the rally has started, our experienced Oyster technical and logistics teams will be on hand to support the participants every step of the way.

 

Oyster World Rally 2022-23

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Ready for adventure

There are limited places on this unique, fully supported circumnavigation of the world and as always, they are in great demand. If you're thinking of becoming a circumnavigator, contact our team as soon as possible to make sure you do not miss out on the chance to realise your dream.

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Entry Requirements

The Oyster World Rally is an event organised exclusively for Oyster Owners. If you do not already own an Oyster yacht, our team will be delighted to help you choose the perfect model for your needs, be it a new luxury sailing yacht or a wonderful pre-owned Oyster.

At least one member of each crew that is completing the full circumnavigation must have also completed the courses below:

  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (YM theory minimum)
  • MCA Medical First Aid at Sea (MFA) (4-day course)
  • SSB/Long Range Radio suitable operator’s course/licence

In addition, all crew must take a one-day Sea Survival Course with life raft drill within 12 months from the start of the Oyster World Rally.

We encourage all participants to join us for our pre-rally seminars and courses, so we can make sure each yacht is fully prepared for the circumnavigation.

Available Rally places are limited, so if you're interested in circumnavigating the world talk to our team now to avoid disappointment. Register now for your voyage of a lifetime!

To request further details and an Information Pack, please contact us here or talk to our Rally team on: +44-023-8083-1000 

 

 

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World Class Support

The Oyster World Rally is a fully supported circumnavigation of the world. Our dedicated team make sure you will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From pre-event training and rally logistics through to technical and after sales support, we will be with you every step of the way so you enjoy a safe and memorable adventure.

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The Logistics Team

From the moment owners sign up for the rally, our highly experienced Logistics Team are there for them every step of the way. This support begins as soon as an entry is accepted, and the team are available to answer any questions, offer advice and help skippers and crews get any training they may need. Once the rally fleet departs Antigua, the team fly ahead to each major destination along the rally route to make sure everything runs smoothly, from liaising with local agents, finding berthing in marinas, organising canal transits in Panama and managing clearance and immigration documentation. They will also organise some fantastic parties in stunning locations, where the fleet can catch up and share their wonderful stories.

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The Technical Team

Our Technical Team know our yachts inside out and bring unrivalled expertise in their knowledge of engineering, electrical and mechanical systems. Having all skippered and sailed Oysters for many years, the team hold invaluable professional experience that they can share if required. The Technical Team will greet the fleet at all major destinations to help owners make sure everything is shipshape for the next leg.

Oyster World Rally After Sales Team

The After Sales Team

Our world famous After Sales Team back at base in the UK supply all the spares, tools, charts, nautical publications and general goods needed for the circumnavigation. They will also make sure the parts you require are waiting for you on arrival at the next destination. No other yacht builder offers such complete peace of mind, whether your yacht is three months old or has been on the water for over forty years.

 

 

Why join us?

The Oyster World Rally is a unique adventure open only to Oyster Owners. One consistent piece of feedback from our last two rallies is the experiences owners enjoy en route. A common theme is that this really is a life changing experience, taking you to remote parts of the planet that few will ever experience. But don’t take our word for it, see what past Oyster circumnavigators have to say about the Rally and why you should sign up now.

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"There's only one life, live it!"

“What would I say to someone who’s considering the Oyster World Rally? If you’re available to do it then don’t hesitate, there’s only one life, live it!”

Rob and Jeannette Parkinson – Oyster 575 Tianelle
Oyster World Rally 2017-19

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"Go for it!"

“When we were planning this rally, there were probably 100 reasons why the timing wasn’t perfect. But if you’ve got the time, you’ve got the health and can afford to do it then absolutely, go for it, no question.”

David and Sue Pedley – Oyster 56 Sea Flute
Oyster World Rally 2017-19

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"A life changing experience"

“There are so many special moments on the world rally, you had to pinch yourself sometimes to know it was real. It’s a life changing experience – the people you meet, the remote places you visit. You will never get there as a tourist.”

Harvey and Sue Death – Oyster 575 Safiya
Oyster World Rally 2017-19

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Rally Route

Rally Webinar Series

As part of the preparation for each Oyster World Rally we run regular webinars to share experiences, educate you about essential topics and highlight the amazing experiences and destinations you will visit. Sign-up for the next rally webinar and meet our Rally team and previous participants. You can also watch our previous webinars on transiting the Panama Canal, visit the remarkable Galápagos Islands and beyond, and learn about weather cycles on the route.

Join us Thursday 07 October at 19:00 BST for our next webinar that will focus on the idyllic islands of the Indian Ocean.

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Prepare for adventure

The extensive Oyster World Rally training programme helps prepare you and your yacht for this exciting adventure. Our long-standing relationships with the industry’s leading suppliers and organisations mean you will have access to the best equipment and training available. Our team and partners will always go that extra mile to make sure you are ready for anything.

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Training Programme

The Oyster World Rallies extensive owner training programme helps prepare each yacht for the adventure of a lifetime. Our longstanding relationships with the industry’s leading suppliers and organisations mean our yachts have access to the best equipment and training available, and our partners always go that extra mile to ensure participants are ready for anything.

Some of the training subjects we will cover:

  • Yacht Preparation
  • Ocean Navigation & Weather
  • Onboard Systems
  • Downwind Sailing techniques
  • Safety Training
  • Sea Survival
  • Medical Training
  • SSB/Long Range Radio Operators Course
  • Yacht Provisioning

Stunning destinations

The Oyster World Rally travels across three oceans, taking in some of the world’s most spectacular cruising grounds. The route is timed precisely to make the most of global weather patterns so participants can experience the best of each location, with plenty of cruising time built at the end of each passage for you to do as much or as little as you like. Take a closer look at the destinations by clicking the plus icon below.

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Antigua and the Panama Canal

Starting in Antigua in January, the circumnavigation begins by heading west, transiting the Panama Canal around mid-February. There is ample time to perhaps visit Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, (the ABCs), and Cartagena along the way and spend some time with the Kuna Indian tribe in the beautiful San Blas Islands.

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Galápagos Islands

Once through the Panama Canal, the fleet will head into the vast Pacific Ocean to the Galápagos Islands, crossing the Equator on the way. Once in the Galápagos, it’s time to spend some quality time with the locals, such as Sea Lions, Hammerhead Sharks and Galápagos Penguins! The wildlife in the Galápagos is so well protected that they don’t see humans as a threat and come right up and play!

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French Polynesia

The circumnavigation continues west from the Galápagos Islands to French Polynesia, which is the longest ocean passage of the rally at just over 3000 nautical miles. The first set of islands to encounter are the Marquesas, which have a rich history and lush vegetation. Sailing onward through the breath-taking atolls of the Tuamotus Islands, and then onto Tahiti with its amazing sea life.

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Tonga

After visiting the idyllic island of Bora Bora, its onto the incredible Vava’u Islands in Tonga with 14-miles of coastline to enjoy and more than 60 different anchorages. The fleet will be welcomed with a traditional Tongan Feast, whilst listening to the unique sound of four generations of the same family singing together in church.

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Fiji, Vanuatu and Mackay

The next stop is Fiji, where there are countless stunning islands to explore, and wonderfully kind people who welcome the Oyster fleet into their villages. Vanuatu follows, before sailing north of New Caledonia to transit the Great Barrier Reef into Mackay, Australia.

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Whitsunday Islands, Cairns and Darwin

Once in Australia, the rally route heads north to the stunning Whitsunday Islands where the pristine white beaches and beautiful teal waters will leave you wanting to stay forever! Sailing north past Cairns, the fleet will sail around the top of Australia to Darwin, the northernmost city in Australia and then onto eclectic Indonesia.

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Indonesia

Komodo Dragons and stunning Asian food await as the fleet passes Kupang along the coast of Flores, and to the Komodo National Park. From here the route continues west to Lombok and the Gili Islands that host the most magnificent anchorages. After a quick pitstop in Bali to visit the sacred temples, it’s time for the second major ocean passage of the voyage, crossing the Indian Ocean to Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and then onto the amazing volcanic islands of Mauritius and Reunion.

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South Africa

Next the yachts will cross the Agulhas current towards South Africa and Durban, sailing around the Cape of Good Hope and into the stunning mother city of Cape Town, for an unforgettable Christmas and New Year celebration.

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St Helena and Salvador

Whilst heading up the South Atlantic Ocean, yachts can stop and admire the wonderful and remote islands of St Helena, Ascension, and Fernando de Noronha or sail further west to the bustling city of Salvador, Brazil.

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Caribbean and Grenada

Finally, sailing north following the curve of the South American coast, the fleet arrive back in the Caribbean and to the spice island of Grenada before completing the circumnavigation in Antigua. A 27,000 mile, voyage of a lifetime.

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Sailing with purpose

We are committed to driving positive change to protect our precious oceans, those that live around them and rely on them. The Oyster World Rally provides a unique opportunity to make a positive impact, which is why we’ve partnered with Sea Mercy and Sailors for the Sea to do what we can to preserve the rally route and experiences along it for future generations. We give everyone who enters the opportunity to take part in one of the many programmes to restore and protect our oceans. If you decide to commit to one of these programmes, you can make a real difference, no matter how small or large.

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A collaboration for change

Now more than ever, it is imperative we respect and protect this fundamental part of our world and drive change. The Oyster World Rally has teamed up with several organisations that are passionate about saving our seas and the marine environment and we are determined to do what we can to help restore and protect our oceans for future generations. Find out more about our partners, their projects and the positive impact they are having on our oceans.

Sea Mercy

Sea Mercy is a charity based in the South Pacific making a difference to the people living on remote islands. We partnered with Sea Mercy for the Oyster World Rally 2017-19 to support local communities with Sea Mercy’s Eye Care and Giving Light programmes. We are once again thrilled to be supporting this wonderful charity for the Oyster World Rally 2022-23. Find out more >

Sailors for the Sea

Sailors for the Sea is the world’s only ocean conservation organisation that engages, educates and activates the sailing and boating community towards restoring ocean health. Through three solution-oriented programmes – Green Boating, Clean Regattas and KELP – Sailors for the Sea gives the sailors the tools and knowledge to take action. Find out more >

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