What's it all about
Sailing around the world, worry free
Starting November 2023
It’s been on your mind for years now. Sailing around the world, cruising from bay to bay, anchoring, snorkelling, exploring, making new friends, having adventures and creating the ultimate memories.
You’ve been thinking about it, dreaming about it, talking about it and postponing it to the next year, the next decade, because you’re busy. Life is busy. Sailing around the world is a big undertaking and you don’t know where to start.
That’s where we come in. It’s why we created the World Yacht Rally. A company dedicated to helping those who want to circumnavigate the world. WYR can provide the structure, the route, the training, the service, everything you need to make it happen.
Creating memories of a lifetime
Sailing around the world, cruising all the dream locations you have heard about and plenty you haven’t.
Life is busy, yes, but life is also the one occasion we get to live our dreams. With the WYR, you can finally combine both.
The WYR is an adventure of a lifetime, without the burdens that usually come with sailing around the world. A WYR circumnavigation means many of the practical aspects are taken care of so you can focus on what really matters: sailing unknown waters, reaching new harbours, discovering new cultures and making friends for life. Every destination more colourful, every arrival more joyful.
Weather tracking, assistance with boat maintenance, technical support, safety, medical support, route planning, pilotage, administrative processes: we remove the stress and provide the support so you can truly enjoy the moment.
How it works
The World Yacht Rally is targeted at yachts 50ft. and above and has a limited number of slots in order to keep a cohesive feel across to the fleet, while allowing us to provide dedicated servicing.
For us it's all about the balance between sailing, exploring, travelling and socialising. Therefore the World Yacht Rally is an adventure, not a race although we do have a strict list of do’s and don’ts to guarantee your safety, which is captured in our conditions of entry.
THE WYR PACKAGE
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, 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.
An extensive range of services will be included with your entry while several additional options are available as well.
Sail around the world with certainty
fully supported, worry free and serviced by the best in the business
Briefings before leg starts and professional weather & routing support while at sea.
Dedicated shore-team available in predetermined ports and discounted prices with suppliers.
Medical kit and training provided pre-rally and assistance available 24/7 during.
Berthing arrangements several days before every leg start and after every leg arrival.
Starts, parties and pre-rally event.
Customs, immigration and permits assistance.
One-day safety training.
Connecting you to the world and our up to date weather information and forecasts.
Non-stop piracy and terrorism threat assessment.
All information in one document.
Taking care of your boat should you need to return home for any reason.
Travel arrangements before, during or after a leg for owners / crew members.
Professional sailors ready to come onboard.
The solution to keep your yacht in the WYR if you want to leave for the duration of your choice.
In case of temporary absence, selling places on your yacht to bring you a rental income.
Making products available to you – from grocery and drinks to on board practicalities.
The ultimate experience made easy
let our team support, guide and assist you as you finally get to sail your boat around the planet
Great Barrier Reef
Lesser Sunda Islands
Rio De Janeiro
Busy harbours and long oceanic crossings, turquoise waters and rolling sea swell… Sailing around the world is about balancing opposites. About life at sea and on land, exploring the globe in a unique manner. Our WYR route has been designed by our experts to provide great sailing routes and amazing destinations utilising our knowledge of prevailing weather patterns around the globe to ensure you get there at the best time, with the best and safest conditions.
After a (qualifying) prologue from Alicante to Lanzarote, the official WYR start will take place in Lanzarote in November.
BLUE WATER CRUISING AND COSMOPOLITAN LIFE COMBINED
CHECK OUT THE ROUTE WE DESIGNED FOR YOU
The WYR has several starting options. You can choose where to start or finish the adventure; Europe, Caribbean or Australia. While our goal is for the fleet to actually sail around the world, any entry can choose to do parts as per below:
Europe - Australia
Caribbean - Australia
Australia - Caribbean or Europe
Can’t stay for the entire duration? You can leave at any time — we will take care of your yacht by arranging its transportation or delivery. Your yacht can even be leveraged commercially in your absence.
Each of our team are seasoned sailors and experts at managing sailing teams and events. All were former Volvo Ocean Race colleagues and it was here that they came together to formulate their plan of launching a new generation of round the world rally sailing – the World Yacht Rally.
The WYR team combined their experience in order to make cruising and circumnavigating the globe easier, safer and more accessible for private yacht owners who dream of sailing around the world.
With the help of our skilled team of meteorologists, routing specialists, logistical and operational experts, medics, security experts, sailmakers, riggers, engineers, electricians and boatbuilders and with global industry support, we’re ready to make your adventure an exciting and comfortable reality
Our official suppliers
The world expert in ropeholding.
24/7 offshore medical support & training.
Trusted by professionals for blocks, travelers, winches, and hydraulics.
Excellence in rope manufacturing.
The marine safety experts.
Reliable autonomous power solutions.
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