Oyster World Rally – the journey of a lifetime

One of the many benefits of owning an Oyster Yacht is the opportunity to join the Oyster World Rally. With over 100 circumnavigations, the only way to experience a round-the-world voyage is on an Oyster. There are many variables, from the weather to equipment, food and sleep, all of which contribute to a successful voyage. But one thing that can make all the difference – an expert, happy and harmonious sailing crew. Do you have what it takes to be part of this life-changing adventure?

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Your Oyster World Rally crewing questions answered

When do owners start looking for crew?

Many people join the Oyster World Rally with the idea of taking a long term, professional crew with them for the whole incredible 27,000 nm trip. Their search for crew usually starts up to 18 months before they set sail. Finding the right crew takes time and experience – Charlie Durham at Oyster Crew has helped many skippers find the right match. If they already own an Oyster, they can try out a new crew through the season before the rally starts to make sure it is a good fit for all.

What are the main crew roles on the rally?
  • Captain/Engineer 
  • Couple team (usually Captain/Engineer and Mate/Cook)
  • Deckhand/Engineer with Yachtmaster qualification 
  • Deckhand/Cook/All-rounder
Who will be considered as potential crew?

You must have sailing experience even if you are applying as unpaid crew. A positive, easy-going nature, the ability to fit in and adapt to living and working in a small space with others for long periods is a must – there is no room for egos on board. All our yachts need fit and healthy crew who can stand a watch and have experience of longer, overnight sailing passages. You will need to be adaptable and happy to help wherever needed on board. Passionate, experienced sailors with good yacht engineering experience or who are natural mechanics get snapped up quickly by these owner/captained yachts. Sailors with good yachting experience and cooking skills are also much appreciated as part of any crew.

How do I apply to be rally crew?

If you want to join the rally in a professional capacity, you can visit the Oyster Crew Jobs board advertising the latest positions available on Oyster Yachts worldwide, including World Rally opportunities. While you are there, you can register with Oyster Crew (tick the ‘rally interest’ box) and you can also send your CV and introductory letters to Charlie – [email protected]

We receive a lot of CVs, so before you get in touch, think about how you present yourself. There are lots of free online yachting CV templates to strengthen your CV design and show yourself in the best light. Keep your CV to less than 2 pages and always send a short covering letter to personalise your applications.

What qualifications do professional Captains need for the Oyster World Rally?

You will need the following:

  • Ocean sailing experience
  • MCA/RYA YachtMaster Ocean certification
  • GMDSS Long Range Certificate (LRC)MCA
  • Medical First Aid at Sea (4 day course) or agreed equivalent
What is the Oyster World Rally CV Portal and how can I feature on it as available crew?

In August/September, as the start of the Oyster World Rally gets closer, we launch a Crew CV webpage with exclusive access for all the rally participants. Owners can see at a glance who is available (professional and voluntary) and can contact the crew directly.  This page is available to participants for the duration of the World Rally as there is often a need for extra crews or crew changes along the way. If you wish to feature on this CV rally page, please contact [email protected] for more information.