The race

New Caledonia, convienly close by, offers one of the most consistence beautiful sailing conditions in the South Pacific.
New Caledonia, convienly close by, offers one of the most consistence beautiful sailing conditions in the South Pacific.
New Caledonia lies in the direction of the SE Trades: NW – SE. That is to say that in “normal” trade wind conditions, competitors will have a bit more 300nm spinnaker run and 300nm thrashing to windward.

Everything is there to make this competition a classic offshore race:

  • The race is now open to mono-hulls and multi-hulls
  • A 654 miles windward and leeward race
  • It is both offshore and coastal
  • 2 favourite points of sailing , running and beating: a true giant Olympic course
  • A stunning environment; the course runs alongside reefs and in a lagoon which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • It is run in favourable weather conditions : warm water & trade winds
  • It takes place in a region where you can find some of the best sailors in the World (our closeness to Australia and New Zealand makes it possible to have quality crews taking part)
  • Experienced and enthusiastic local racing crews

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!


The course

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.

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