The popularity of the third Oyster World Rally, scheduled for 2022–23, has resulted in Oyster Yachts announcing a fourth Oyster World Rally, currently planned to begin in Antigua, 14 January 2024.
The announcement of the 16-month, 27 000 nautical mile race has already seen a number of Oyster Yacht commit to the rally’s limited spaces.
Currently, the plan for 2024–2025 Oyster World Rally will see contestants depart Antigua on 14 January 2024, heading south through the Panama Canal and the Galapagos Islands before cruising through French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji and Australia by July.
From there, contestants will sail up up through the Whitsundays, Cairns and Darwin before moving through Southern Indonesia and across the Indian Ocean to the Cocos Islands, Mauritius and Reunion and then Durban, South Africa.
By Christmas, the course will move towards Cape Town and St Helena, before heading back across the Atlantic towards South America and northwards to Antigua by April 2025.
“The Oyster World Rally is the only circumnavigation of the world organised by a yacht manufacturer, providing full support right from the pre-planning stage and all the way to the finish,” said Allie Smith, Head of Group Events at Oyster Yachts.
“A few aspiring round the world sailors have already contacted us to sign up. In some cases, these sailors have only just started the process to either buy a new or pre-loved Oyster but are keen to ensure that they have secured their spot for the 2024 Rally.
“Whether a life-long experienced sailor, or new to offshore cruising, we help provide all participants with the specialist training and learning to ensure they have the skills needed to stay safe at sea and enjoy the voyage of a lifetime.”
“Oyster’s longstanding relationships with the industry’s leading suppliers and organisations mean our yachts have access to the best equipment and training available, and our rally partners always go that extra mile to ensure participants are ready for anything.”
The Oyster World Rally team has stated they will attending each major destination during the rally and both provide technical and logistical support to contestants the moment they sign up.
The team will also be providing boat preparation and service, boat health checks, local agents liaison, Panama Canal transit assistance, managing clearance and immigration procedures and more.
“We help and support our Oyster family through every step of their journey,” Smith explained.
“From finding crew, to helping set up systems to run their businesses on-board, to destination guides, technical training, understanding weather and navigation, right through to being a welcoming face on arrival and organising some awesome parties!
“It’s a 27 000-mile support service enabling our owners to have the experience of a lifetime, without any worries. By limiting the number of yachts, we create a real family feel and people make friends for life during the 16-month lap of the planet.”
“We help and support our Oyster family through every step of their journey,” said Smith.