Requirements

Rally requirements

Oyster has been building the finest bluewater sailing yachts for 50 years. With more than 100 circumnavigations completed on Oysters, what better choice of yacht to take on the ultimate sailing experience. The Oyster World Rally is exclusively for Oyster owners. They set sail on this adventure of a lifetime safe in the knowledge that their yacht is more than capable of taking on the challenge. But it is more than that – Oysters are proven to be a real home-from-home on a circumnavigation, offering a unique combination of luxury, comfort and reassuring safety.
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Oyster yachts

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Oyster 745 Kalia Sailing Mallorca
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OYSTER 565 SARDINIA SAILING OWNERS

RALLY PREPARATION

Preparing for the Rally

Many Oyster owners have commissioned their new Oyster yacht for the Oyster World Rally. Over half of the Oysters on the current Rally are new boats, specified and built specifically for this incredible voyage of discovery.

If you are considering building a new Oyster yacht for the Rally, allowing sufficient preparation time ahead of the start is an important factor and should take into account a build period of between 12 and 24 months dependant on model size, and a potential waiting list for new build slots.

There are lots of benefits to buying new for a Rally adventure, from defining your own individual tastes and requirements in the specification – this will be your home for a minimum of 20 months, through to the latest equipment, technology, performance, storage and warranty support.

We recommend a three-to-four-year preparation period if you are planning to build a new Oyster yacht for the Rally. Typically, this period breaks down into two years for the purchase, specification and build process. Once she is in the water, we recommend a shake down and familiarisation period, ideally 12 months. You then need to factor in time to position her for a January Rally start in Antigua, which for many begins late September, dependant on your home port.

Buying an Oyster Brokerage yacht for the Rally is a solution many circumnavigators have opted for.

Oyster Brokerage provides the complete package for prospective Oyster World Rally entrants. This end-to-end service extends from brokerage to refit, servicing, finding crew and more. A turnkey package like this can take up to three years to fulfil, dependant on what Oyster yachts are on the market. The ideal starting point is a post-Rally boat; one that has been Rally specified and has already completed a circumnavigation.

If you are considering a Brokerage boat for the Rally, we recommend allowing between two to three years preparation prior to the Rally start. You would need to allow a minimum of 12 months to find and purchase your ideal Oyster yacht, however it can take much longer if there is a certain specification and size you require. It’s then highly likely you will want to personalise and refit the yacht to meet your requirements. To inform specification we strongly recommend a familiarisation period of six to twelve months to fully understand sailing style, features, changes and upgrades required. Dependant on lead times and updates, a typical Rally refit can take three to nine months.

Many owners have aspired to circumnavigate the world on their Oyster and a growing number are now making that sailing adventure of a lifetime a reality.

For existing Oyster owners, preparation is naturally accelerated, but just owning an Oyster does not mitigate the need for preparation time. There are a variety of considerations to factor in, from preparation timescales, which include training and qualifications; planning and sourcing spares (Oyster After Sales can help here); ensuring you have the correct charts and pilot books; through to deciding how to personalise your adventure on or off the Rally route with the assistance of Oyster’s Concierge Team.

One specific requirement is that at least one member of crew must have their RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification, so it’s a consideration for any owner planning to skipper and sail shorthanded. Overall, we recommend owners allow at least two years of preparation and positioning for the Rally. Bear in mind Oyster’s Rally training programme runs for 18 months prior to the start of the event and positioning for the start can take up to four months dependant on your home port.

OYSTER BROKERAGE

We can help you select the right brokerage Oyster for your adventure from our extensive range of Rally ready pre-owned Oyster yachts.

Irish Blessing
Available
Irish Blessing

OYSTER 625 - 2016

$ 2,350,000 US Duty Paid

Oyster Newport, USA

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Ruth II
Price Reduced
Ruth II

OYSTER 625 - 2018

€ 2,250,000 VAT Paid

Oyster Palma

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Irene IV
Now Sold
Irene IV

OYSTER 655 - 2007

Oyster Newport, USA

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Luna of London
Available
Luna of London

OYSTER 62 - 2003

€ 830,000 VAT Paid

Italy

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Wiki Wiki
Available
Wiki Wiki

OYSTER 575 - 2010

£ 750,000 VAT Excluded

Eastern Mediterranean

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Ayesha II
Under Offer
Ayesha II

OYSTER 575 - 2013

£ 760,000 VAT Excluded

Mallorca

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IN DETAIL

Rally requirements

No sailing experience is required to enter, but for many it’s a prerequisite.
We put your safety and enjoyment at the heart of the Oyster World Rally.
Our expert-led training is designed to prepare your whole crew for the Rally.
Prepare, learn and gather insights.
No sailing experience is required to enter, but for many it’s a prerequisite.
SAILING EXPERIENCE

No sailing experience is required to enter, but for many it’s a prerequisite.

Many people new to sailing have completed the Oyster World Rally with the support of a professional crew. For others looking to embark on the sailing adventure of a lifetime, this is a unique opportunity to learn and improve your skills. Many couples choose to do the Rally, bringing along family and friends to share the adventure.

We put your safety and enjoyment at the heart of the Oyster World Rally.
QUALIFICATIONS

We put your safety and enjoyment at the heart of the Oyster World Rally.

You must own an Oyster Yacht – our team can help you choose the ideal model. At least one member of each yacht must complete their RYA Yachtmaster offshore practical with exam (or agreed equivalent), RYA Ocean Yachtmaster theory is recommended but not compulsory, MCA Medical First Aid at Sea (4 day course) and SSB/Long range radio operators course/licence only compulsory if SSB Equipment installed on yacht. All persons taking part must complete a Sea Survival Course within 12 months of the start. We encourage everyone to join us for our pre-Rally seminars and courses to make sure each yacht is fully prepared.

We provide all Rally boats with a complementary health check at our service centre in Ipswich UK, Palma de Mallorca or at the start of the ARC Atlantic event.

Our expert-led training is designed to prepare your whole crew for the Rally.
TRAINING

Our expert-led training is designed to prepare your whole crew for the Rally.

We encourage everyone to join us for our pre-Rally seminars, training events and courses to make sure each yacht is fully prepared. Everyone on board must complete a Sea Survival Course within 12 months of the start. This can be arranged in Antigua prior to the start for late crew entries.

Prepare, learn and gather insights.
A FLEET START

Prepare, learn and gather insights.

Prepare, learn and gather insights into destinations, essential sailing topics and experiences on the Oyster World Rally.