In order to benefit from many advantages, such as: 

- supervision by professionals,

- a departure port, Marina La Palma, which is ideal for preparing a Transatlantic crossing,

- an arrival in Marie-Galante, the jewel of the Islands of Guadeloupe,

- the chance to sail the trade winds downwind,

- preparatory seminars prior to departure (technical, medical, weather, etc.),

- technical and practical aids at the departure and arrival port.

- rally, weather and medical briefing sessions prior to departure,

- satellite tracking of the fleet,

- an official website with cartography to track the boats involved,

- daily dispatches to all the boats of two positions/day, a weather update and news from the fleet,

- collaboration with many international shipyards,

- support from top quality institutional, technical, press and private partners!  


Brazil used to be the final destination a few years ago. Since 2017, the "Rallye des Iles du Soleil" makes its way to Guadeloupe, and the island of Marie-Galante, which will be the arrival destination for the 3rd Rally organised by Grand Pavois Organisation. This new Atlantic Crossing is open to all sailors, monohulls and catamarans, measuring a minimum of 35 feet (10.60 metres).


The "Rallye des Iles du Soleil" has partnerships with numerous boatyards proposing operations and specific advantages with the owners of BALI CATAMARANS, FOUNTAINE-PAJOT catamarans, NEEL Trimarans, AMEL, BÉNÉTEAU, JEANNEAU, DUFOUR YACHTS... If you are owners of one, do not hesitate and contact us!


This new ocean crossing will depart from La Palma (Canarias Islands).  Dedicated Pontoons will be booked for the Rally's participants several days before departure. The time needed for those who want to make final preparations, welcome new crew members, visit the Spanish archipelago, and more. Head westwards to Marie-Galante which will be the arrival destination of this Transatlantic  which should benefit from ideal sailing conditions in the northeastern trade winds.  An authentic destination, this island with a strong character is a wonderful and magical gateway to the archipelago of Guadeloupe. As you noticed, a stopover in Mindelo is proposed in 2019 for all the boats !


The departure from La Palma is scheduled on Sunday 3 November 2019 and the estimated arrival date in Marie-Galante will be early December. Be aware that berths in Marina La Palma will be allocated one week before departure (included in the registration fees). After a stopover of several days in Cape Verde, the fleet will leave Mindelo on Friday 15 November to complete the second leg ending in Marie-Galante (Guadeloupe Islands).

Keep in mind that a gathering will be organised at the Grand Pavois La Rochelle (18-23 sept) for all participants willing to meet up there. Dedicated pontoons will be allocated to the "Rallye des Iles du Soleil"  and will allow participants to meet and, why not, set sail together for Canary Islands. We will also offer an opportunity to gather in a Mediterranean port.


Note that you can contact us by telephone on +33 546 444 639.

To register, nothing could be easier! Download your participation form and send it to the following address:

Grand Pavois Organisation

avenue du Lazaret Port des Minimes

17042 La Rochelle Cedex 1


Once your participationfile has been received, we will send you the definitive regulations which you should return to us as soon as possible. Why? Because only a maximum of 60 boats will be on the starting line of this second event!


Several documents are and will be available for download in the Downloads section (click on the image). You will find registration forms, grant applications for crew members, the regulations, etc. They will be made available following the progress of the Rally.


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).

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Philippe Machefaux: +33 (0)6 03 12 41 33

Alexia Segura : +33 (0)6 25 34 09 62

Avenue du Lazaret, Port des Minimes

17042 La Rochelle Cedex 1 / France

Tél. +33 (0)5 46 44 46 39

Fax. +33 (0)5 46 45 32 24


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