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 NZ Rally 2020

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.

Island Cruising NZ is planning two yacht rallies to Vanuatu in 2020.

The Pacific Circuit Rally departs mid to late May 2020 to visit Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Loyalty Islands and New Caledonia before returning to New Zealand in October.

The Vanuatu New Caledonia rally will spend June and July 2020 in Vanuatu then depart mid August to clear into the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. Yachts can then explore the Loyalty Islands before heading on to the New Caledonia mainland for the rest of the cruising season. The fleet will return to New Zealand, along with the Pacific Circuit Rally fleet, in mid to late October.

Find out all the details of the latest cruises at and get the latest Island Cruising NZ info on the Island Cruising NZ Facebook Page

The World ARC Rally July 2020

The 2020 World ARC Rally will arrive in Port Vila in July. World ARC is a round-the-world cruising Rally covering 26,000 nautical miles.

Go East Down Under Cruisers Rally

If you are sailing from Australia you really should consider joining the 2019 Down Under "Go East" Rally. It will depart from the Gold Coast in Queensland in May, head for New Caledonia.. The first part of the cruise is in New Caledonia then will continue as the NC2V rally to cruise Vanuatu. Participating yachts then team up to join the "Go West" sail back to New Caledonia and on to Bundaberg, Australia. The Down Under Rallys are the best organized, most enjoyable yacht rallys in the Pacific. Find out all about them on and get the latest updates on their Facebook pages, DownUnder Rally, DownUnder Go East Rally, and Sailing To & Cruising in New Caledonia & Vanuatu

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.