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05 April 2014

To Last Forever

Saturday 5 April 2014 marked the official end of the inaugural Oyster World Rally, organised to celebrate the 40th birthday of Oyster Yachts. Owners, sailors and friends of the 30,000 mile odyssey gathered in Nelson's Dockyard for a day and a night never to be forgotten.

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04 April 2014

Oysters on the Dock

The celebrations for the final chapter of the Oyster World Rally commenced in style on Friday 4 April with a Mount Gay Rum Welcome Drinks Party on the Superyacht Dock at English Harbour. An extended Oyster family of well over 200 people enjoyed a laid-back dock party, surrounded by the magnificent Oyster fleet.

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03 April 2014

A Bed of Oysters

The largest gathering of Oyster Yachts, in the British manufacturer's 40 year history, is now in Antigua, West Indies. Over 50 Oysters and hundreds of sailors have come to the Caribbean to celebrate the final chapter of the inaugural Oyster World Rally, followed by the Oyster Regatta Antigua.

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21 March 2014

One Life - Live It

The inaugural Oyster World Rally will come to an end in Antigua this April, where it all started back in January 2013. During the last 16 months, 26 examples of the Oyster range have travelled over 30,000 miles. Oyster owners, their guests and crew have witnessed an amazing diversity of wildlife, as well as social and cultural differences and the Oyster World Rally family has bonded together forming friendships that will last a lifetime.

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12 March 2014

South Grenada Regatta

During the Grenada stopover several Oyster World Rally crew took a little time out at the nearby Le Phare Bleu Marina to participate in some Match Racing during the three-day South Grenada Regatta.

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24 February 2014

Stunning Salvador

Brazil has a reputation amongst cruising yachtsmen for having fearsome bureaucracy and it has to be said we were all dreading checking into the country.

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20 February 2014

Caipirinhas and Los Candelas

Our stay in Salvador has been hosted by the prestigious Yate Club de Bahia just along the waterfront from our berths at the Bahia Marina, Brazil. A lavish party was hosted at the yacht club, and was a chance for our participants to meet members of the club, along with the Secretaries of Bahia Tourism and the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Commerce who are responsible for yachting and shipping in the stunning All Saints Bay.

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18 February 2014

Coming Home

The Oyster World Rally fleet have now crossed the Atlantic, the last ocean passage of the 16-month Oyster odyssey around the world. The next Oyster World Rally rendezvous will be in March at Port Louis Marina, Granada W.I. The rally will come to an end in Antigua, this April, after a truly amazing adventure.  

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15 January 2014

Conquering Lion’s Head

It seemed a good idea, during the dock party hosted by the German contingent of the fleet on Christmas Eve that we should do something to "clear our heads" on Boxing Day.

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08 January 2014

New Year in Cape Town

The Oyster World Rally reached Cape Town, South Africa for the festive season with many friends and family visiting the magical city to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

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02 January 2014

Durban - The Warmest Place To Be

Durban – "The warmest place to be" That's the slogan from Durban's tourist board, and the Oyster World Rally fleet found it to be completely true.

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30 November 2013

Movember

The guys in the rally decided to put their time on watch to good use in November and many of the fleet dedicated hours to growing a moustache in order to raise money for Prostrate Cancer.

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28 November 2013

Mauritius - Tea, Rum and Sega

A warm welcome to Mauritius was extended to the Oyster World Rally fleet by the MTPA and Caudan Waterfront.

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20 November 2013

Incredible Reunion

The Oyster World Rally fleet is now in Reunion, the last rendezvous before the inaugural Oyster World Rally reaches Africa.

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12 November 2013

It’s rubbish in paradise

Ever since we arrived in the Caribbean each beautiful island that we visit has had one thing in common – plastic litter.

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04 November 2013

Cocos Keeling – Where’s that?

When we talk of the Oyster World Rally stopover in Cocos Keeling, the normal response is "Where's that?” followed, after a quick visit on Google Earth by "I bet there's not much going on there".

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22 October 2013

Shalom Orphanage Visit in Kupang

During our short stay in Kupang we were invited to visit the children who live at the Shalom Village Orphanage.

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10 October 2013

Serendipity and Duchess join the Fleet

For the last month or so the Oyster World Rally has been feeling, as our Australian friends might say 'a couple of Oysters short of a dozen'.

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02 October 2013

Into the Indian Ocean

The magnificent range of Oyster Yachts taking part in the inaugural Oyster World Rally have now past a significant milestone in their round the world adventure.

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24 September 2013

Australian Wildlife

During Oyster World Rally's two month sojourn in Australia we have learned a lot about the wildlife, and seen much of it up close.

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16 September 2013

Rest and Relaxation in Australia

On arrival in Australia after six months of busy island-hopping, the primary objective of most rally participants was stated as being "to relax and chill-out for a while".

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13 September 2013

Inaugural Oyster World Rally Petanque Match

After a brisk sail northwards from Cairns in fantastic conditions – a near flat sea thanks to the protection of the Great Barrier Reef, and a stiff 30 knot following wind, three rally yachts decided to take a break at Morris Island.

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12 September 2013

Pandemonium - ‘Around the World’

A lasting legacy of the Oyster World Rally has been created by artist Romero Britto, who was commissioned to create an artwork to commemorate Oyster 82 Pandemonium's circumnavigation.

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02 September 2013

Proteus shows her pace with grace in the 30th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

The Oyster World Rally fleet is sailing Antipodean seas with some two dozen yachts continuing their global voyage currently in northern Australian waters.

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29 August 2013

Oyster Down Under

After eight months, since the start of the first Oyster World Rally in Antigua, the fleet is now in Northern Australia having sailed over 10,000 miles.

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13 August 2013

Hamilton Island

Two-dozen Oyster yachts racing the coral hued seas and mountainous green islands of Australia's famed Whitsundays was a sight to behold last week.

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12 August 2013

Oyster World Rally in Fiji

The world’s first single brand yacht rally has almost reached the half way mark.

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02 August 2013

Catch of the Day

The Oyster World Rally fishing contest is stepping up a gear with every leg, as is the spend on rods, lines and lures.

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30 July 2013

Chant of the Islands

Fiji consists of 322 islands, of which only 106 are inhabited, and is spread over 75,000 square miles.

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29 July 2013

A mixed bag of weather

The latest passage on the rally - from Vanuatu to Australia, has certainly seen the most challenging conditions of our voyage so far.

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24 July 2013

Vanuatu

The World Rally base in Vanuatu was at Yachting World in the capital Port Vila.

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23 July 2013

Work, rest and play in Fiji

The final days in Fiji were filled with a great selection of work, rest and play for many of the rally fleet.

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16 July 2013

Oyster World Rally Video Section

We are pleased to announce the launch of our video section which collects some of the amazing footage shot by Oyster World Rally participants.

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10 July 2013

Making Dreams Reality

Conceived in 1973, Oyster Yachts has established itself as arguably the international market leader of world-class cruising yachts. Quality, comfort and performance are central to the Oyster DNA but producing outstanding yachts is just the beginning.

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08 July 2013

Musket Cove

The final stopover in Fiji – at Musket Cove Resort on Malololailai Island was rated by rally participants as 'one of the best yet'.

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04 July 2013

An unusual request for assistance

It's quite normal to hear a call on the VHF to the fleet from a yacht who is in need of a spare part, or an extra pair of hands to help with something, but yesterday's call from the owner of Musket Cove Resort "Oyster World Rally fleet - do you have a vet on board?" really was a first.

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26 June 2013

Royal Naval Tot Club - Tot in Fiji

The Oyster Round the World Rally reached Fiji where they were hosted by the Denerau Golf Club in the rum room, a very appropriate venue for the Tot on tour.

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24 June 2013

A Different Way of Life

Craig and Kathryn left Troon, Scotland in April 2012 aboard their Oyster 47, Aequitas.

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19 June 2013

Yachting World Editor Joins Fleet in Fiji

Enjoying the remote beauty of the Lau island group where a temporary official port of entry has been established, Yachting World's editor David Glenn has made a special visit to Fiji to spend time with the

fleet on the Oyster World Rally.

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17 June 2013

Oyster lead the way into Lau

The Oyster World Rally had the great honour of being the first group of yachts ever to be allowed to complete customs and immigration formalities in the Lau Group, in the Eastern Archipelago of Fiji.

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10 June 2013

Bora Bora to Tonga

Having negotiated high winds for the last few days of the trip from Bora Bora, the fleet were glad to reach the sheltered waters of Vava'u Tonga.

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31 May 2013

Malo e lelei to Tonga

Mike, Lori and their team at the Aquarium Café have provided a warm welcome to Tonga for participants of the Oyster World Rally. With an interesting programme of events at the Aquarium – our introduction to PechaKucha; a film 'The Fantastic Invasion' by local filmmaker, Nigel Russell set in 1980's Vanuatu...

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21 May 2013

Farewell to French Polynesia

The Oyster World Rally fleet said a sad farewell to the beautiful islands of French Polynesia, but celebrated in style with a lively party at the famous Bloody Mary's Restaurant.

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16 May 2013

Oyster success in French Polynesia

The Tahiti Pearl Regatta is probably the most famous regatta in French Polynesia. This year over 50 yachts took part, bolstered by eleven magnificent examples of Oyster Yachts. The record entry for the regatta was largely due to the arrival of the Oyster World Rally in French Polynesia.

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15 May 2013

Passing through the Tuamotos

The timing is crucial within this group of 78 coral atolls, spread over nearly one thousand miles of the Pacific Ocean, that were for years known as 'The Dangerous Archipelago', cruising advice was generally that they were best "sighted and avoided".

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08 May 2013

Dreams Come True

The Oyster World Rally so far through the eyes of Tim Fletcher on board Oyster 56, Dreams Come True…

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07 May 2013

Tahitian Welcome Party

The fleet enjoyed an evening of Tahitian entertainment courtesy of Tahiti Tourism. Following a traditional 'Blessing Ceremony' where each of the skippers were blessed and anointed with coconut water...

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30 April 2013

Exploring the Pacific

It is nearly four months since the start of the inaugural Oyster World Rally. The Oyster fleet left Antigua on 6 January and the magnificent blue water cruisers have now reached the South Pacific.

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26 April 2013

Tahiti Stopover

The early arrivals are already here at Marina Taina, which will be the fleet's base for our Tahiti stopover.

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24 April 2013

Underwater Adventures in the Tuamotos

After leaving the verdant, mountainous, Marquesas Islands the fleet is cruising onto the Tuamotos. Once again we encounter a complete change in geology in just a few hundred miles.

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15 April 2013

A Marquesan Welcome

The Oyster World Rally Fleet have now arrived in the Pacific with the fleet enjoying a festival in Nuku Hiva, organised in our honour by the people of the Taiohaie and Taipivai valleys.

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12 April 2013

Fast passage to Hiva Oa for Oyster 54, Babe!

After 16 days at sea, Paul and Trish Ducker's Oyster 54, Babe arrived at Hiva Oa, the second largest island in the Marquesas.

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11 April 2013

Quester’s voyage to the Marquesas

Quester arrives in the Marquesas after sailing 3,000 miles in 19 days with hundreds of sail changes and two-dozen squalls. On board Oyster 56, Quester, Joe Torcivia tells his story... joeygoessailing.blogspot.co.uk

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10 April 2013

Living the dream on board Lush

If you ever wanted to know what it's like to sail the first Oyster 885 across the Pacific Ocean here is a video produced by sailingwest.com, which captures the spirit and adventure that the crew are experiencing on board Lush.

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04 April 2013

Aranui III

The Oyster World Rally fleet participants have been offered a unique opportunity to enjoy a seminar on board Aranui III - a vessel famous in the South Pacific which operates as a working freighter as well as a cruise ship visiting the outer islands.

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03 April 2013

French Polynesia Awaits

With a distance of 3,000 miles from the Galapagos, our landfall in Nuku Hiva could not be more different.  The low-lying scrubby islands have been replaced by mountainous heights and vertical basalt cliffs.

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27 March 2013

Oyster 885 Lush has arrived at Nuka Hiva

"After 3,400 miles, 14 days and 23 hours at sea we finally spotted land on the horizon. And now we're here in French Polynesia." Audrey Adamson, First Mate, Lush.

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20 March 2013

Postcard from Creation

After safely passing through the Panama Canal, the yachts taking part in the first ever Oyster World Rally have now sailed over 3000 miles and are currently 900 miles into the Pacific Ocean. The Oyster fleet has regrouped in the magical Galapagos Islands.

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14 March 2013

Galapagos update

The stopover in the Galapagos is proving to be an exciting one for the Oyster World Rally.

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06 March 2013

Archipelago de las Perlas

Perlas Islands for a night or two', but after the discovery by Lush the leader of the fleet, of the little gem of a resort on San Jose island, most were tempted to stay a few extra days.

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28 February 2013

Into the Pacific

Following the start of the Oyster World Rally from Antigua in early January, the fleet has been enjoying over a month’s cruising in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean before meeting up in Panama for a rendezvous on the 15th February.

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25 February 2013

Leaving Shelter Bay

We were sad to leave our new friends at Shelter Bay, but after the amazing feast at Fort San Lorenzo on Friday, followed by Chef Chris's stunning Seafood Buffet on Saturday and Prime Rib Night on Sunday perhaps it's healthier for the fleet that we continue our journey.

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19 February 2013

Transiting the Panama Canal

The first group of ten Oyster World Rally yachts successfully transited the Panama Canal at the weekend.

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15 February 2013

Panama Canal Transit

The fleet have been measured and will be transiting through the Panama Canal over the next few days with 10 yachts departing on Saturday and the rest of the boats departing over the weekend.

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12 February 2013

Oyster World Rally Update - Panama

The fleet is beginning to assemble in Panama with Satika and Aequitas arriving at the end of last week, Pandemonium soon after and eleven more arrivals were anticipated over the weekend.

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06 February 2013

Welcome to Panama

Mariela was the first rally yacht to arrive in Shelter Bay Marina on Sunday afternoon. She is planning to make use of the boatyard facilities here for a haul-out and antifoul before transiting the Canal to the Pacific later in February.

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07 January 2013

An Oyster Odyssey Begins

After two years of planning, the first ever Oyster World Rally started with a blast of cannon fire from Fort Charlotte, Antigua. The Georgian lookout post high above the 'Pillars of Hercules' was a perfect vantage point to watch the start of an adventure that will span a 16-month questto sail around the world.

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05 January 2013

Antigua - Skipper’s briefing and Gala Supper

Prior to the Sunday departure for The Oyster World Rally, a Skippers’ Briefing was held at the historic Copper and Lumber Store Hotel. Led by Oyster World Rally Event Manager, Debbie Johnson, the briefing centered on the start and details of the arrangements to go through The Panama Canal.

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03 January 2013

The Adventure of a Lifetime

Conceived as an event to celebrate Oyster’s 40th Anniversary, the 2013 Oyster World Rally promises a 16-month odyssey of endless adventure, providing Oyster owners and their guests with a truly unforgettable experience.

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