The Sailing Rallies team say they are passing on unexpected savings


for the inaugural Christmas Caribbean Rally have dropped by

almost £1,000.


Sailing Rallies team have announced that they have been able to negotiate lower

prices with their suppliers and will be passing the savings on to rally



new savings, coupled with ‘great support from sponsors’ mean that until

February 28, early bird prices will range from £986 for yachts under 25ft up to

£2475 for yachts of 65ft to 75ft.


who have booked and paid already need not worry, as their entries are also

being adjusted in line with the new prices.


Simpson, managing director of Sailing Rallies Ltd, said ‘We have had some good

sponsorship deals come through over the last few weeks and some of the costs

have been much lower than we initially thought.


have decided to pass all these savings onto the participants and as of this

morning we have reduced the entry fees – quite substantially – to attract a few

more entries.

The rally will start from Marina Rubicon in Lanzarote on

16 December, which is fully supporting the inaugural event.

After crossing the Atlantic, the fleet will finish in

Jolly Harbour, Antigua.

John had a career in retail management, holding senior

positions with B&Q, W H Smith and British Bookshops & Stationers,

before he took a sabbatical and crossed the Atlantic in his own yacht last


He enjoyed it so much so that he decided to organize his

own rally.


added:  ‘I wanted to

organise a rally that was fun and filled with passion for the adventure of

crossing an ocean.

‘I think that the experience of sailing the Atlantic in a

smaller more socially knit group is a real bonus; à la carte rather than the

set meal option, so to speak.

‘However the participants will be well prepared with

seminars and courses both on and off the water.


have had a very good response to the launch of the rally both here and in

mainland Europe.


think the rally will be of particular interest to PBO readers because unlike

some other rallies, we have set our minimum boat size for the rally at 6.4m and

we see the event as much more inclusive and appealing to ‘real’ sailors rather

than those with bigger boats who perhaps sail with paid crew.’  


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