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Great Lagoon Regatta New Caledonia
New Caledonia

The Great Lagoon Regatta of New Caledonia takes place in May with local and International yachts competing in a 3 day race from Noumea to Turtle Bay on Ile Ouen and then down through New Caledonia’s vast southern lagoon to Ilot Kouare, a gleaming little lagoon island surrounded by sparkling clear water, powder white sand beaches and colourful coral reefs. On day 3 the flotilla will sail back to Noumea for prize-giving, feasting, and celebrating.

I took this aerial Kite sphere image on a weekday during the summer and, as you can see, there were only three yachts visiting the little island. I plan to come back during the Regatta to take some more images (I really love cruising New Caledonia's southern lagoon).  

The great south lagoon is part of the New Caledonia Lagoon World Heritage Site. Except on long weekends and holidays with perfect weather when the occasional yacht will stop by, Ilot Kouare is inhabited only by sea birds, fish, dolphins and sometimes passing whales. It is a good New Caledonia Lagoon Anchorage during settled weather and yachts can anchor on one side or the other depending on the wind conditions. For a look at the cruise plan for the regatta check out the Great Lagoon Regatta of New Caledonia on Google Maps.

Copyright: Richard Chesher
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Uploaded: 16/02/2011
Updated: 26/05/2014
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  • Chloe Morin about 1 year ago
    Can you imagine having this pic framed on your wall...you can savor the taste of heaven.
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