An island to sail round, more than 654 mile broad reaching and on the wind
The start of the 5th Round New Caledonia yacht race is on September 25, 2016. Big difference this year: the race is now open to multi-hulls. A 1500 Kms course. This event is physical and tough. Weather strategy and the crews’ physical condition will are the key to victory.
Night, day, hug the coast, keep out to sea: The wind is ever changing. When to gybe? When to tack? Which sails to set? Tack inshore? Head offshore? These are the questions our crews will be asking themselves …
The Tour of New Caledonia is thus a race against the clock. It is an ocean race worthy of a Sydney-Hobart; four days racing, choosing the right weather options, never letting up: a technical and tactical contest where victory is the prize!
Start in Nouméa, Finish in Nouméa, with only one compulsory waypoint : “North of the Grand Passage which is North of the Belep Islands”. Given strong winds, powerful currents and heavy swells in the extreme North, the race is from the East coast to the West coast... non-stop, without rest, and soaked by the «hot» 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 much wildlife.