What is the minimum and maximum boat size for the Rally?
Minimum length overall = 35 feet
How many people aboard?
Minimum 2... We do not authorise sailing single-handed for safety reasons. We require there to be a minimum of two crew members aboard.
Will there be a departure briefing?
Yes, a pre-departure briefing will be organised in La Palma. You will reminded about the safety procedures set up, the expected weather conditions, your communication "obligations" in order to allow your loved ones on dry land to enjoy the adventure with you. Remember that you will receive a Road-Book a few weeks prior to departure in order not to leave anything to chance.
Can I embark as a crew member?
Yes, our partner VogAvecMoi facilitates connections for crew willing to embark on a boat.
When to leave for La Palma ?
The "critical" points are the Gulf of Biscaye for the Atlantic fleets and the Gibraltar Strait for Mediterranean boats. Summer conditions are more favourable for crossing these two points with good conditions for crossing the Gulf of Biscaye and along the Portuguese coast (Portuguese trade winds). From September, the conditions may potentially become more complicated with the arrival of autumn low pressure systems (wind and sea head-on) which may make it difficult to cross the Gulf of Biscaye or exit Gibraltar. Be sure to anticipate weather conditions several days before setting sail and passing these two points.
Do you carry out a safety check before leaving the assembly ports?
No, the organisation will carry out safety checks at the departure port, namely in La Palma. Logically, boats should be in Rally configuration before leaving the mainland and should be in compliance - for boats sailing under the French flag - with the compulsory equipment required "Safety equipment for leisure vessels".
Do you provide weather forecasts during the rally?
Yes, every day we send a weather forecast for the zone to the boats' e-mail address. Participants who wish to receive Grib files should be able to do so themselves.
Should I know how to send or receive e-mails?
Yes, it is compulsory. This will allow you to provide news and send photos to the organisation to be posted on your "Information Wall" and will also allow you to download the daily weather forecast, receive information about the race, the position of all the boats, all sent at set times, and stay in touch with your loved ones back home.
Will it be possible to follow us from dry land?
Yes, a map showing your position will be provided on the website and will be visible to all. A position/day will be posted.
What do you advise for medical requirements?
We recommend that you see your doctor before leaving. We will require you to provide a medical certificate authorising ocean sailing. A list for a standard medical kit will be provided. Note that this kit will be controlled prior to departure! It is one of the verified Security points. You may complete it according to your needs.
Do you provide nautical charts for the sailing zones?
No, but, in addition to an electronic map system available on many boats, we require you to have a set of paper nautical charts for the zones concerned. The list of charts required will be provided and their presence on-board will be controlled!
When can we arrive in La Palma ?
Marina La Palma will provide complimentary berths for boats enrolled in The Rally from Monday 28 October. If you want to arrive earlier, we recommend that you contact the Marina beforehand. A preferred rate can be granted for stays in Calero Marinas in Lanzarote or in La Palma before the official gathering (subject to availibility).