2017-19 Oyster World Rally

On 15th  January 2017, 31 yachts left Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua, on the 2017-2019 Oyster World Rally, this time for a 27 month fully-supported voyage around the globe.

The route took the Oyster fleet across three oceans to the world’s most beautiful sailing grounds, making the most of favourable weather patterns and with almost limitless time for breakaway cruising and inland exploration.

The Oyster support team met the fleet at every destination, easing the way for everything from mooring and provisioning to clearing in and out of ports. They were also there to help with maintenance advice, technical support, spares, as well as sharing their local knowledge and introducing well-connected local people. All the shared adventures the fleet enjoyed created a great sense of community – built over SSB radio at sea and cemented over sundowners in harbour, while relaxing or making ready for the next passage. There were some legendary parties too…

As well as the opportunity to experience this adventure of a lifetime, the people who took part had the reassurance of safety in numbers whilst still maintaining their freedom to roam.


  • Transiting the iconic Panama canal
  • Experiencing the unique creatures in the Galapagos Islands
  • The incredible welcome from the Marquesan’s in Nuku Hiva
  • Drift snorkelling in the pass of a coral atoll in the Tuamotus
  • Swimming with Humpback whales in Tonga
  • Dinghy safari in the Lau group in Fiji
  • Sailing along the reef at Musket Cove
  • Relaxing in the idyllic Whitsunday Islands
  • Climbing Lion’s Head Mountain in Cape Town
  • Arriving back in Antigua as a circumnavigator with memories and friendships for life


Rally life

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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