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New Caledonia Groupama Race OffShore Races

Noumea, New Caledonia
  • Event date: 19/06/2020
  • Event end: 28/06/2020
  • When: APR-JUN
  • Duration: 2 weeks

New Caledonia Groupama Race / 654nm / CAT 1 Ocean Race

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 2020 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.

Le Grand Passage

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.

Four Feeder Races

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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Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

4230$ – 8000$

An island to sail round, more than 654-mile broad reaching and on the wind

The start of the Round New Caledonia yacht race is from Noumea. 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!

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.

Close to Australia, New Caledonia is like nowhere else:  a lagoon registered on the Unesco world heritage list. A main island, Grande Terre, with spectacular natural scenery, a true adventure playground. Jaw-dropping islands will reveal the perfect combination of amazing landscapes and superb hospitality. New Caledonia is also a land of welcome and authenticity where people and cultural influences blend in together, making your trip an unforgettable one.

Why New Caledonia

Just a three hours flight from Sydney, New Caledonia is like nowhere else.
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An island to sail round, more than 654-mile broad reaching and on the wind

The start of the Round New Caledonia yacht race is from Noumea. 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!

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.

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Close to Australia, New Caledonia is like nowhere else:  a lagoon registered on the Unesco world heritage list. A main island, Grande Terre, with spectacular natural scenery, a true adventure playground. Jaw-dropping islands will reveal the perfect combination of amazing landscapes and superb hospitality. New Caledonia is also a land of welcome and authenticity where people and cultural influences blend in together, making your trip an unforgettable one.

Why New Caledonia

Just a three hours flight from Sydney, New Caledonia is like nowhere else.

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