Published: Monday, 16 January 2017

The inaugural Sail Maldives yacht rally has been postponed until Feb 25 due to severe weather off the coast of Sri Lanka, which is inhibiting yachts from being able to make a safe passage from South East Asia to the Maldives. Originally the rally had been set to begin on Jan 20. The decision was taken to ensure the safety of sailors en-route to the rally.

Sail Maldives Rally Postponed Due To Weather

(Photos: Sail Maldives rally - the Maldives)

“Cyclones south of Sri Lanka were inhibiting yachts from being able to sail to the Maldives in time for the start date,” says the rally organiser Luxury Collections CEO Adeel Ahmed. “We regret any inconvenience this rescheduling may cause anyone, but would like to reassure you that all participants have been informed and were relieved to hear that we have rescheduled the date. Indeed, the participants have been very supportive of our decision to postpone the start of the rally in consideration of their safety. In addition, anyone who hasn’t signed up yet could see this as a chance to seize the golden opportunity to join us!” 

The rally will see yachts cruising on a 60-day voyage from the far north to the far south of the Maldives, crossing the equator on the way. Optional activities including snorkelling, scuba-diving, traditional dance shows and cultural exhibitions will be thrown in for participants to enjoy along the way.

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“We shall, as ever, endeavour to keep everyone aware of any developments regarding Sail Maldives and would like to reassure those who have already signed up of our commitment to ensuring the Sail Maldives rally is a success,” says PR & Marketing Manager Sarah Harvey.

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