The second edition of the Stopover handbook in New Caledonia brings together all information useful to local and foreign boaters sailing in the world’s largest lagoon. Welcome to a fabulous playground, a French and Kanak stopover in the South Pacific, World Heritage of Unesco, which has the largest protected marine area in the world: the Marine Park of the Coral Sea, representative issues management of marine biodiversity. French stop in the Pacific discovered by J. Cook in 1774, welcome in a Melanesian land became land of miscegenation, “word of land, sharing land.”
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An island to sail round, more than 654 mile broad reaching and on the wind
Though considered a race in paradise, like previous editions the sixth biennial Groupama Race around the island of Noumea will prove tactically difficult for all crews who accept the challenge.
Taking between two and a half five days to complete the 654 nautical mile course due to start on June 17, 2018, the fleet of monohull and multihull yachts will trace a course around New Caledonia, a jewel of the Pacific southwest.
French yachtsman Michel Desjoyeaux, a two-time winner of the Vendée Globe, said, "The weather forecast is beautiful almost all the time. The country is majestic, still very wild, sparsely inhabited with miles of land virtually untouched."
“I was invited to be part of the 2016 race and I was excited at the prospect of visiting New Caledonia, a wild and enchanting island, with smiling people who take the time to say hello.”
Four feeder races making up Sail Noumea 2018 and a change of date for the start of the 654 nautical mile Groupama Race around the island of New Caledonia mark an exciting new chapter for the beautiful French Pacific Island sailing event which starts in just under one year.
Sail Noumea organiser, Cercle Nautique Calédonien Yacht Club, is excited to announce its role as finish partner and host for four independant ocean races leaving Sydney Harbour, Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane between late May and early June 2018. CNC will finish those fleets and host their respective prize-givings then start the biennial Groupama Race on June 17 for local boats and those Kiwi and Aussie sailors staying on for the next ocean challenge.
Commodore of the CNC Yacht Club, Philippe Mazard, said, “We are proud to welcome all the New Zealand and Australian boats racing for Sail Noumea 2018. The CNC Yacht Club will do its best to warmly host crews and deliver all the amenities and facilities for boats arriving and preparing for the sixth edition of our Groupama Race. We encourage sailors to come and race the New Caledonia Groupama Race, 654 nautical miles around the biggest lagoon in the world.”