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Registration is Open for an Exciting New Cruising Rally Concept

North Sails is excited to partner with the World Yacht Rally to bring a new concept cruising rally to life. Developed by Volvo Ocean Race shore team veterans, the World Yacht Rally aims to bring the best of professional race team support and route planning to the participating cruising yachts. North Sails is signed onto the rally as a Technical Partner to provide race participants with unmatched sail care through the almost 40,000-mile route.

Set to start in Alicante, Spain, the World Yacht Rally is a seventeen stop, two and a half year adventure for cruising boats 50’ and above. There are two slots open to begin the rally; November 2020 and November 2021. Participation is limited to 30 yachts and, the rally entry fee includes weather routing, security assessment, berthing, medical support, safety training, administrative support, social events and the yacht service support needed to sail around the world worry-free. Participants will also have the option to access the World Yacht Rally crew pool of professional sailors, charter their vessel for legs and benefit from logistics, travel and supply support from the rally organizers.

Commenting on the partnership, Nick Bice of the World Yacht Rally, “Having worked alongside North Sails for many years during our Volvo Ocean Race days, there is no better solution to cover all the bases when setting out on such an adventure. Built on a foundation of Grand Prix sailing, North Sails is a fantastic addition to the professional level of service the World Yacht Rally is aiming to deliver.”

North Sails President Ken Read concluded, “Like the rally management team, North Sails has experience helping sailors get around the world safely. The World Yacht Rally is an exciting concept for our company as we now have an opportunity to show our offshore experience to a new and important group of sailors. Many people in the sailing world know North Sails as a racing company, and the same reliability and sailor support we provide for racers are the same requirements cruising sailors need to make their passages safe and enjoyable. The World Yacht Rally concept is unique in that the level of support participants will receive through their experience is unlike any cruising rally to date.”

Learn more about how to register for the World Yacht Rally.

About the World Yacht Rally:

The World Yacht Rally is a once in a lifetime adventure taking you to breathtaking locations and several impressive metropolises. An adventure in which you are supported and where you can take the time to enjoy and explore each location you cruise to. An adventure where you’ll meet new cultures, new friends and finally get to fulfill that dream – sailing round the world.

We provide the support to ensure you have everything you need to sail safely, comfortably and as worry-free as possible. Each of our team has worked as part of the Volvo Ocean Race – running the Boatyard, directing all on water-matters, managing race teams or preparing stops. We were responsible for providing all of the support elements we offer as part of the WYR to the best ocean sailors in the world and know what to expect from a circumnavigation, how to prepare for it and handle the unexpected.