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Maldives prepares for first ever yacht rally

Fathmath Shaahunaz
27 November 2016, MVT 11:29
Yachts docked at HA.Uligan.
Fathmath Shaahunaz
27 November 2016, MVT 11:29

The Maldives is preparing for the first ever yacht rally to be held in the archipelago coming January with the participation of several countries worldwide.

“Sail Maldives Yacht Rally” is organised by privately owned Luxury Collection Maldives, which highlighted that it will be the biggest event of its kind in the Indian Ocean with the rally to cover an area of 470 miles.

The event’s Director of PR and Marketing, Sarah Harvey, told Mihaaru that the rally will commence from Uligan island in the northernmost atoll of Haa Alif on January 20. Uligan is a popular repose spot for yachts travelling between Asia and the Middle-East. The yachts will sail from Uligan to various islands one by one where the participants will participate in cultural activities, go on diving excursions and experience the lives of locals, according to Sarah.

Passengers that disembarked from yachts docked at HA. Uligan milling around the island beach.

Noting that several state institutions are aiding the event, Sarah explained that participants will register for the rally and get Immigration and Customs clearance at Uligan, after which they will receive charts and information necessary for the voyage. The participants will also be invited for the opening ceremony of a new five-star resort, she added.

According to the event’s organiser, participants from at least ten countries from six continents are taking part in the yacht rally, which commences from the north of the Maldives before coming to a close in the southernmost atoll of Addu. The rally is expected to take 45 days.

“We want to provide the chance for everyone to experience the beauty of the Maldives. Sail Maldives Yacht Rally is the best opportunity to experience the Maldives via the sea,” read a press release by Sail Maldives citing Luxury Collection’s CEO and Founder Adeel Ahmed.

Details of the number of yachts and the islands at which they will stop have not been disclosed yet. Application for participation is currently open.

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