Bonifacio Yacht Rally 2014

29 August to 13 September 2014 - 16 Days

From $4375pp


  • A quixotic mix of French and Italian cultures makes this area buzz. There are markets with locally made wares and delicious local produce to top up stocks on the boat


    We know great places to eat and the rally has official evenings including local music and a great social atmosphere. Racing shouldn’t get in the way of a good and relaxing holiday so the logistical aspects of the trip are taken care of for you. We share some of our favourite local moorings.

    There is the first Shake Down Cruise from Portisco marina Sardinia to Tavolara, we have ‘a day of leisure’ in Maddalena which is a busy town with good shopping, local markets and a spectrum of great restaurants. You can also cruise to the northern islands in the Maddalena National Park and pick up a mooring at Budelli, Razzoli or Santa Maria, where you can relax and swim. Just imagine…

    Sailors, non-sailors, singles, couples or complete crews. No sailing experience necessary.
  • For 2014

    Day 1:

    Arrive in Olbia - Sardinia. Relax in your Portisco hotel for the evening or enjoy the waterside cafés and restaurants.

    Day 2:

    Embarkation. Enjoy an excursion into the Sardinian hinterland, where you will experience a group Welcome Lunch of truly local cuisine at an ‘eco’ farm and restaurant. This afternoon board your yacht in the Portisco marina. Relax on board or dine ashore.

    Day 3:

    Shake Down Cruise to Tavolara. Time to get a feel for your yacht and familiarise yourself with the systems. Cruise to the spectacular island of Tavolara, billed as Italy’s “Ayres’s Rock”. There are a variety of local restaurants ashore or enjoy a night on board in the bay.

    Day 4:

    Race 1 to Maddalena 15 nm. Cruise in the morning to Porto Cervo, home of the exclusive Yacht Club Costa Smerelda. Swim and lunch on board before the afternoon race to Maddalena. Post race dinner in the town.

    Day 5:

    Leisure Day. Maddalena is a busy town with good shopping, local markets and a variety of restaurants. You may prefer to cruise to the northern islands in the Maddalena National Park and pick up a mooring at Budelli, Razzoli or Santa Maria. Relax and swim.

    Day 6:

    Race 2 to Longosardo 10 nm. After re-grouping from the previous leisure day we race to Longosardo. Moor in the marina upon arrival before a post race dinner ashore.

    Day 7:

    Leisure Day. Longosardo is the port of Santa Teresa de Gallura, which sits on the high ground overlooking the Straits towards Bonifacio. Swim at the local beach, walk the coast, explore the town’s boutiques and eat at one of the many local restaurants.

    Day 8:

    Race 3 to Bonifacio 10 nm. Welcome to Corsica! Race in the morning to the magnificent Bonifacio, an almost totally enclosed harbour. Post race dinner ashore.

    Day 9:

    Leisure Day. Spend the day exploring the old city and savour a new cuisine with lunch at a restaurant offering Corsican specialties.

    Day 10:

    Leisure Day. Stay an extra night in Bonifacio or cruise the south coast of Corsica to the island of Lavezzi where there are some splendid remote anchorages.

    Day 11:

    Race 4 to Porto Vecchio 15 nm. Porto Vecchio harbour is protected by pine and oak fringed hills. Tonight enjoy music and the post race dinner on shore overlooking the marina.

    Day 12:

    Leisure Day. We suggest you hire a car for a drive into the mountains to Zonza for lunch. The scenery is truly spectacular.

    Day 13:

    Race 5 to Porto Massimo 15 nm. Today we race back through the natural beauty of Maddalena National Park to Porto Massimo. Following the race you will be welcomed back to Italy with a special dinner at the La Scogliera restaurant.

    Day 14:

    Leisure Day. Explore the eastern side of Caprera and in particular Cala Coticcio, also known as Little Tahiti, because of the electric blue water in the two small bays.

    Day 15:

    Race 6 Cala Coticcio to Portisco 15 nm. Here we will enjoy our final night presentation dinner.

    Day 16:

    Disembarkation. Disembark and complete check-out formalities. Continue your travels or extend your stay in Sardinia.

  • * Please note that all prices are subject to change, based on currency exchange rates.

    Standard Rally Prices include:
    • Mariner Boating hosts with extensive local knowledge
    • Overnight hotel accommodation in Portisco on a   twin share bed and breakfast basis
    • Welcome lunch including coach excursion to the Sardinian hinterland
    • Charter of the yacht selected for 14 nights on a bareboat basis
    • Dinghy and outboard motor
    • Final yacht cleaning
    • Two sets of bed linen and bath towels
    • One way charter redelivery fee
    • 24/7 technical support for the yacht
    • Berthing on race days if applicable
    • Five post-race dinners with limited drinks
    • Race management including post-race results
    • Post-race newsletters with leisure day information
    • Race and event trophies
    • Rally vest
    • Final night presentation dinner in Portisco

    The Prices exclude:
    • Refundable security deposit payable by credit card transaction validated but not processed
    • Travel Insurance
    • Provisioning
    • Marina fees on non race days (if applicable)
    • Flights and taxes
    • Airport Transfers

    Please note:
    • A completed booking form and a deposit of AU$1,500 per person is required to confirm a booking.
    • Sailing qualifications are required to charter a yacht. Please enquire for details
    • Prices are subject to currency fluctuation
    • Credit card transactions are subject to merchant fees
    • The itinerary and prices are correct at the time of issue but subject to changes without notice

    Personal Travel Insurance:
    A valid travel insurance policy is a Mariner Boating booking term condition. We offer Suresave, with whom we have special arrangements for cover during our yacht rallies. Please ask your Mariner consultant for a Suresave no obligation quote.
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