Vanuatu Yacht Races and Rallies

The annual races, regattas, rallies, and convivial flotillas of yachts travelling together is a highlight of the cruising season in Vanuatu. They are characterised by parties before leaving, friendly competition mixed with cooperation and mutual assistance along the way, and parties after arriving.

Yacht Rallies and Races to Vanuatu

The Island Cruising Association

Every year the Island Cruising Association leads cruising rallies from New Zealand to Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Vanuatu and back again to New Zealand.

These are extremely popular and successful rallies normally with more than 30 yachts participating. The yachts make the passages together and are cleared in and out of each country as a group (thus enabling the yachts to enter in ports not available to single yachts). Once in a country, the yachts can go their own way or stay in small groups, meeting up again for the next passage.

Participants have told me that they have really enjoyed the rally and yachts often go again on future cruises.

Find out all the details of the latest cruises at


Noumea Port Vila Yacht Race

For more than 10 years Cercle Nautique Calédonien has organised races between Noumea and Vanuatu. The goal is to enjoy exciting sailing with family and / or friends, and the convenience and comfort of flotilla sailing. The next race is scheduled to depart Noumea in September 2019 for Port Vila and return to Noumea from Vanuatu in October.

For more information visit the Cercle Nautique Caledonien website.


The World ARC Rally July 2018

The 2018 World ARC Rally will arrive in Port Vila in July. World ARC is a round-the-world cruising Rally covering 26,000 nautical miles.


The World Oyster Pacific Rally 2018

Organised exclusively for the owners of Oyster yachts, 31 Oyster yachts have signed up to do the second Oyster World Rally 2017-19. The rally started on 15th January 2017 from Antigua, and will complete a 27,000 mile circumnavigation over 27 months. The yachts are expected to arrive in Vanuatu in May.

For more information visit the World Oyster Rally website.

Go East Down Under Cruisers Rally

If you are sailing from Australia you really should consider joining the 2018 Down Under "Go East" Rally. It will depart from the Gold Coast in Queensland in May, head for New Caledonia and some of the yachts plan to sail over to Vanuatu. To find out more and register an interest visit


Other Yacht Rallies

If you know of more yacht races or rallies to Vanuatu than the ones listed here, please contact me and I will include them on this site.