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Coastal & Offshore Cruising Intl.

C&OC Intl. – 2022 Destination Series

Bula Rendezvous Confirmed as Premier Event

Registration is now open!

Fleet Tracking

Follow the Pacific Fleet on PredictWind HERE

10 Great Reasons to Join the Bula Rendezvous!

Well, of course there’s the obvious, safety in numbers, great friends and the like but there has to be more!

  • First up is Flexibility. Unlike a rally, a rendezvous is much more flexible. You still have all the benefits but you’re not restricted to a fixed start date.
  • Then there’s 25 years accumulated knowledge base! John and Lyn Martin have more than 130,000miles under the keel, just in the South Pacific.
  • Take the Hassle out! Rally admin have done all the research and made all the arrangements to allow you to enjoy, rather than stress.
  • Zoom and Facebook Live info sessions, pick one or pick all. There are subjects from preparation, to what to expect, where to get what, local customs and the ooh ahhh that is “Cruising Fiji”.
  • Great Deals! From the biggies right down to a few dollars here and there. Take an example, up to 7.5% off Cyclone Storage at Vuda Marina*, to a few dollars off Curtesy Flags for the region.
  • Getting you there safely! It’s our job to give you all the resources to get you to and around Fiji safely and we take that responsibility very seriously.
  • A lead Boat! Windflower, who by now can almost navigate herself but, will take John and Lyn along for the ride to give you a special look at the magic that is Fiji on the Cruise in Company.
  • Expect the Unexpected! With Popup Events in remote places.
  • All said and done, the Bula Rendezvous is three times the value of any other rally offering.

Please Support our Key Sponsors for the 2022 C&OC Intl. Destination Series

3Sixty Marine  PredictWind  Vuda Marina  Yachtsman’s Travel  Coprashed

Our In House Weather Service for Cruisers.

The 2022 Destination Series is taking shape nicely with the Bula Rendezvous confirmed for 2022. Destination Ports are Savusavu and Vuda Marina.

The 2022 Destination Series features – The Bula Rendezvous (Departure from French Polynesia and New Zealand) – The Loyalties Rendezvous (if open, with Departures from Fiji only) and the Kia Ora Rendesvous (Previously known as the All Points Rally with Departure from any Clearance port)**. In a first, the series will feature a one time fixed price fee* for any or all of the events. In other words pay one fee and choose how many events you wish to take part in.

*The event fee covers the C&OC Rendezvous cost only;- country entry fees, cost of clearance, special events and Cruise in Company costs are additional.

**New Zealand’s Borders at this time are still Closed to Foreign Vessels, we’ll keep you advised as this changes throughout the year. Martin Border openings usually follow the Air Border, some months later. However under the Vessel Exemption scheme for Refit and Repair an application can be made now for New Zealand Entry. For more information on this option email 3sixtymarine@gmail.com

In all cases there will be a Cruise in Company add on for each country. Tap the EoI signup below and be first to hear the news as it’s confirmed. Formal Registration will be opened once details are confirmed and we are 100% sure there will be no Covid Effect!

No Obligation Zero Cost but the fastest way to keep informed!

Timing for the Events.

Timing for each events, is as follows;- The Bula Rendezvous will kick off in May (Weather Dependant) and participants can either choose to depart with the fleet or at a time to suit you through to the end of July. The Loyalties Rally is a fixed date in September (TBA) and the Kia Ora Rendezvous will see it’s first sailing in late September with further sailings, as weather permits, through to mid November. Participants in the Rendezvous can choose to sail with the fleet or to their own program with all the Admin support at any time through the above dates. Departures for all events are from any port in the South Pacific.

We are also asking for Expressions of Interest for an Australia to New Zealand Rally in 2023. This will Run from Eden in southern NSW to Picton at the top of New Zealands South Island. This route takes best advantage of the Summer weather patterns and also gives participants a good look at some of New Zealands amazing Cruising, the Marlborough Sounds, Tasman Bay and depending on which coast you choose to come north, the fabulous Far North Coast of Northland or the stunning East Coast Cruising from East Cape North to The Bay of Islands for the Start of the Bula Rendezvous. Timing for this leg will be Mid to Late February depending on weather.

Whats the difference between a Rally and a Rendezvous? Simply this, a Rally has a fixed start date depending on weather, a Rendezvous has a flexible start date over a period of weeks or even months.

There will be a Cruise in Company in each destination.

Here’s an example of the preliminary Cruise in Company Route proposed for the 2022 Bula Rendezvous. The route is subject to change depending on what the future holds. The anticipated duration of the Fiji Cruise in Company is 5 – 6 Weeks depending on weather

Proposed Cruise in Company Route 2022

Cruise in Company cost per vessel is yet to be set and will be announced when we open for formal registration.

News

Thanks to all of you who have submitted an Expression of Interest form for the 2022 Bula Rendezvous. The Event is Confirmed but our Crystal Ball is still cloudy. As we saw with last years event, clarity only came once we were closer to the Start Date. With that in mind we’ll hold off on Formal Registration and payment for the event for the time being. However, if you’ve submitted an EoI you’re already in the Box Seat and amongst the first to be invited to register.

Key Partner for the 2022 Bula Rendezvous

We are pleased to announce; The Tradewinds Group (Vuda Marina, Coprashed Marina and The Yacht Shop), have joined the party again for 2022 and bring with their sponsorship some exciting News. C&OC Intl. has secured 10 out of water Cyclone spots for either Cats or Monohulls for the 2022 – 23 Cyclone Season. These are available only for Bula Rendezvous participants* and depending on size Vuda Marina have agreed to give us a discount of up to 7.5%. Bookings MUST be initiated through C&OC Intl. *Conditions Apply. To Learn More email admin@coastalandoffshorecruising.com

Why Join?

In these uncertain times having qualified information is a must. We have boots on the ground in Fiji and New Caledonia keeping us up with the play as it happens. We’ll also take the stress out of all the paperwork and share that wealth of Local Knowledge so you can Cruise With Confidence!

The Bula Rendezvous is not just the destination but support from start to finish. For those leaving from NZ support with outward paperwork and clearance from Opua. For all participants, we’ll handle your application C2C and work with the authorities in Fiji to ensure all the paperwork is processed quickly and accurately to ensure expedited clearance.

Throughout we’ll be there to assist with all the documentation and Departure Planning, weather information, local knowledge and much more, helping you to have a seamless worry free experience.

Rendezvous Benefits

This is the fun part, as well as the above there are a number of other benefits to joining the Rendezvous. An Invite to join the Cruise in Company (see route map above).
The Rendezvous fee includes a one year membership in Coastal & Offshore Cruising Intl. and all the benefits membership provides. For full details visit coastalandoffshorecruising.com but primarily…
Discounts on the Sail Fiji Cruising Guide by Sail South Pacific.
Preferred supplier discounts
Discounted Ocean Tactics Weather Routing, Passage Management. (Departure Planning is included in the Rendezvous Fee if sailing with the fleet departure.)
Two Iridium Go PredictWind Airtime SIM cards
Complimentary PredictWind SMS Vessel Tracking for all participants
Special Pricing at numerous Suppliers and service agents both in NZ and Fiji
A Bula Rendezvous, Covid Safe Battle Flag
The huge Bula Rendezvous Welcome Party at Copra Shed Marina, some drinks and food may be provided.
Rendezvous Admin will handle all the paperwork on your behalf.
A series of briefings will be held, local in New Zealand and live on Zoom Mid to late April.
Loads of advice, assistance, camaraderie and heaps of fun without the stressful bits.
Perhaps one of the Prime Benefits of the rendezvous is the Heavily Discounted OCEAN TACTICS weather routing service. Preliminary Set up and Departure planning are included in the Rendezvous fee only for those departing with the fleet. For more information on OCEAN TACTICS Click HERE

Whats Not included

Fiji Agents Fees if an agent is still required. Savusavu clearance by Copra Shed Marina $35FJD. Fiji Government charges for clearance. Covid Tests. Any Quarantine costs. Cost of meals and special events (Cost will be notified before the event/s).
If quarantine is still or becomes a requirement. Tender Service for Health Officials to the Quarantine anchorage
Border Control Fees – Fiji Navy services at Quarantine anchorage.

Changes, not under our control.

The world and everything in it is evolving at an unprecedented rate, admin will make all effort to keep you advised if changes effect the event, However, Coastal & Offshore Cruising Intl. reserve the right to change, modify or amend details and requirements without notice as conditions and or requirements from governing bodies change.

How Much?
The Rendezvous Fee is $395USD** (see below for when fees are due)

EoI Submissions will be first to be invited to participate when full Registration is Opened.

Departure Points for the Bula Rendezvous are;
Opua in the Bay of Islands New Zealand
French Polynesia – Papeete

*Paper work – For all participants Rendezvous admin will handle all Fiji inward documentation, C2C ANoA. For those departing from New Zealand, Rendezvous Admin will handle all outgoing documentation including Covid Testing if required, Covid Documentation and submission of same to Fiji, if required. For participants departing from Papeete Outward documentation and Covid testing, if required, are your care. Protocols will be put in place and the fleet advised if Clearance /Covid requirements change.

Once the documentation process is started there are no refunds unless your application to enter Fiji is declined (unlikely) in which case Rendezvous Admin will refund $200USD.

Rendezvous numbers.

Numbers are limited in order to assist Fiji Clearance. The first intake is limited to 25 yachts as is the Cruise in Company.

Click the link below to submit your Expression of Interest for the 2022 Bula Rendezvous and secure your place.

EoI Submissions will be first to be invited to participate when full Registration is Opened.

Upcoming Events

Web-based Presentations

C&OC – Cruising Destinations

Register your interest HERE it’s FREE!

Click the links below for the uploaded video’s of series one.

South Pacific Weather 2 – Departure Planning  

Understanding South Pacific Weather

Cruising New Zealand

Cruising New Caledonia

Cruising Vanuatu

Series Two – South Pacific to SE Asia Destinations Series

Date and series schedule will be uploaded shortly.

Destination Rendezvous Series

Destination Fiji – Bula Rendezvous

Click HERE for full details and to Register.

Destination NZ – Kia Ora Rendezvous

Destination NZ Rally Girls
Come and share our culture!

The 2022 Rendezvous Series is not just about the Destination but support from Start to Finish.

In these uncertain times having qualified Information and Support is a must for you to make the right decisions.

There is no fixed program, skippers can choose their departure to suit their timing. We’ll be there to assist with all the Documentation & Departure Planning helping you to have a Seamless Worry Free experience!

Cost for each Cruise in Company are yet to be set and will be posted in due course.

Expression of Interest – Sign Up
An Expression of Interest is just that! There is no obligation.

What you will get is all the latest news as it comes to hand.

New Zealand Exemptions.

Getting into New Zealand still requires a Vessel Exemption for anyone other than a NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident. This entails an application under the refit and repair conditions, showing the value of work that is intended and needs to be $50k NZD or more. We’ve simplified this process for C&OC members, the cost is a fixed $850NZD fee for the application and usually takes 10 days to put the application together and 6-8 weeks for processing. That’s stage one, stage two is the visa application process that takes a further 2-4 weeks. Stage three is getting you to New Zealand, either direct or via Fiji. We will assist you with the process and help you dodge the many pitfalls along the way.

All the help you’ll need!

  • All the help & resources you need to Cruise through the South West Pacific to any Rendezvous Destination. An extensive level of coordination and support before & during the offshore passages.
  • We’ll lead you through all the documentation required for Departure, Advance Notice of Arrivals. Arrival and departure documentation, visa requirements and more.
  • Flexible Schedule.
  • Advice & support before, during and after the Rendezvous.
  • All relevant details for all vessels are forwarded to SAR, at NZRCC.
  • Passage planning and passage management advise for all passages, with resources for all destinations.
  • OceanOverWatch
  • Ocean Tactics weather service at C&OC member discounts
  • Fleet Tracking by PredictWind.
  • An Invitation to all Rendezvous Fun and Pop Up events.
  • Briefings via Zoom/ WhatsApp or live where available.
  • Free 1 year membership in Coastal & Offshore Cruising – International.
  • Priority Haulout Bookings and specials at Marsden Cove Marina, New Zealand and Vuda Marina – Fiji

Plus

  • Unrivaled camaraderie
  • Great support network
  • Years of knowledge and experience in the South Pacific
  • More fun than you can poke a stick at
  • and a great team helping you “Cruise With Confidence”

Supply Partners

Supply partners may change without notice – for the most up to date listings please email – admin@coastalandoffshorecruising.com

Key Partner for the 2022 Bula Rendezvous

Rally Terms and Conditions

Rally Partners

From Panama to Thailand, cruise every island, with 
C&OC – Intl.Pacific Puddle Jump, Island Cruising NZ, and Sail 2 Indonesia 

Join one or all of our partner yacht rallies (Click the Rally Partner of your choice above), and make blue water cruising more fun! Whether you’re dreaming of a winter in Fiji, or you’re planning a voyage around the entire South Pacific and beyond, there’s a rally you can join to make cruising easier and more fun.

Make new friends, discover remote destinations that few people ever get to visit, and enjoy exclusive benefits only available to rally participants through our rally partners, such as VIP clearance, special entry ports, discounts, freebies and much, much more.

Why do people join organised events?

  • Receive exclusive concessions, discount & freebies
  • Benefit from local knowledge
  • Qualified Information and support
  • Access to the latest information
  • Make cruising more fun
  • Make new friends
  • Create life long memories
  • Reduce the hassle and worry so they can have the best experience in exciting new places.

The purpose of a rally/ rendezvous is to enhance your cruising experience. Our partner rallies/rendezvous are organised with the aim of bringing together a group of like-minded people who want to share the experience of cruising, and benefit from the exclusive privileges they can arrange. It’s all about giving you value for money, a unique and unforgettable experience, and the benefit of local knowledge.

It’s YOUR experience – make it what YOU want

As a rally/ rendezvous participant, you can choose how much (or how little) involvement you have with activities and other participants. There is no pressure! It’s not a race, it’s not “follow-me” sailing, and it’s certainly not a dictatorship. You can participate in some, all or none of the activities and itineraries – it’s entirely up to you. Want to break away from the group and do your own thing for a while? That’s fine! You can leave or join the group at any time you wish.