Melbourne to Noumea International Yacht race

About the Race

Distance:  1,540 Nautical miles             

Noumea Map

Safety Category:   1  
Start Location: Portse pier  
Start Time:  14:00 AEST  
Start Date: Tuesday 29 May, 2018  
Race Record:



New Caledonia, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands - this is a truly beautiful part of the world. After Past Commodore George Shaw visited Vanuatu on a cruise, a new ocean race, the Melbourne to Vanuatu, was proposed to introduce other sailors to this paradise on Earth.

In 2006, the ORCV held the inaugural Melbourne to Vanuatu race – and what a race it was! There are still people talking about it at various clubs now. To help participants prepare themselves, the ORCV ran an extensive set of seminars covering all aspects of long distance ocean sailing. Topics covered included Health, Provisioning, Sail Repairs, Search and Rescue, Salvage, Customs and Quarantine.

The race was successfully run again in 2010 and 2014 along with the very popular preparation seminars.

As the ORCV committee considered a date for the next Melbourne to Vanuatu race, it was noted that 2018 would also be the next Melbourne to Osaka event. It was also noted that both CYCA and RQYS were planning races to Noumea! Why not make it three co-ordinated races and we get a new destination!

Boat owners are invited to join us for the race to Noumea. Which fleet will be the first into Noumea? Will it be a Melbourne boat, a Sydney boat or one of those from sunny Queensland?

The Melbourne to Noumea race is destined to become a classic!

In support of the race participants, the ORCV will again be running the training and preparation seminar series in conjunction with the Melbourne to Osaka event participants.


Race History

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