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New Caledonia Groupama Race / 654nm / 19 - 28 Jun 2020

9 days / cat 1 ocean race / 6 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Open to monohulls and multihulls greater than 8.5m, the New Caledonia Groupama Race is described as the world’s longest windward/leeward race. It starts from Nouméa on June 14 and takes a counter clockwise course around New Caledonia, alongside reefs and inside the UNESCO World Heritage listed lagoon, with only one compulsory waypoint: “North of the Grand Passage which is North of the Belep Islands”. Given the strong winds, powerful currents and heavy swells in the extreme north, the race is up the east coast and down the west coast… non-stop, without rest and with a regular soaking from the warm seas of 22° south. The Sydney-Hobart has its Bass Strait; the Groupama Race has its mythic Grand Passage, where you will surf down big waves and see plenty of wildlife. It’s a great gathering of international sailors for a unique ocean race around the biggest lagoon in the world. Once the sailors arrive at the northern end of the race course, a transition phase awaits; ‘Le Grand Passage’, or as the locals refer to the area; “our Cape Horn”. The sea state can be challenging at this point; with big waves, strong winds and powerful currents. The sea life is also stunning with tuna, whales and manta rays galore.

With four feeder races delivering fleets from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane Australia as well as Auckland, New Zealand, these are a key component for gathering a great fleet, for the ultimate Groupama Race around New Caledonia. Eventually, the fleet all end up back at the starting point in Noumea where crews are welcomed 24/7 by the friendly Cercle Nautique Calédonien staff and volunteers with a hot shower and a hearty meal at the club on offer for all.
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9 days

The 650nm route anti-clockwise around New Caledonia. The worlds longest windward/leeward race.

The 650nm route anti-clockwise around New Caledonia. The worlds longest windward/leeward race.

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Day 4 highlights of the 2018 Groupama Race

Day 3 highlights of the 2018 Groupama Race


You can fly directly into Nouméa – La Tontouta International Airport on Thursday 18th June or earlier. Our crew will officially assemble on Friday 19th June and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. On Saturday 20th June we will head out on the water and run a sail training and familiarisation session to make sure, everyone knows their roles and we are ready to hit the start line on the 21st June as a well oiled machine. On Sunday 21st June we'll meet for breakfast early and then run through final checks and preparations. We'll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and get you ready for departure from the dock for race start. It’s a solid 4 day race and we would expect to finish around the 25-26th June. You are welcome to stay onboard, but we will also book group-share accomodation ashore. You should plan to fly out of Noumea after midday on the 27th June. Most of our crew will depart after this date, so plan to stay on and enjoy the 3-4 days in Noumea at the end of the race, as it truly is a celebration you will never forget.

Groupama Race 2020


Your crew package includes; all meals onboard in Noumea, accommodation onboard, your Ocean Gem crew shirt, marina fees, race entry fees, the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether. Your bedding, a pillow and towel are also included along with suncream.


Groupama Yacht Race 2020 New Caledonia


Your crew package excludes; accommodation ashore, flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports, alcohol, meals ashore in Noumea, toiletries, clothing and wet weather gear. Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility incase of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore either side of trip: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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