Male’, Maldives, 30th January 2024 – The ‘Savaadheetha Dhathuru’ is a prestigious sailing event hosted by the Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation (MITDC), welcoming yachtsmen and sailors from around the world to embark on a remarkable journey through the Maldivian seas. This event offers participants the unique opportunity to visit local islands, immersing themselves in the rich traditions and culture of the Maldives.
This year’s rally, encapsulated by the theme ‘Maldives: Small Country with a Big Heart’, draws inspiration from a participant’s quote from last year. The rally has already attracted ten boats and aims to host fifteen boats for its third edition. The journey commences at Kudagiri Picnic Island with a grand opening ceremony on February 10th. The itinerary includes stops at V. Fulidhoo, M. Muli, L. Gan, L. Fonadhoo, and the serene L. Baresdhoo for a picnic. The participants will navigate the challenging Huvadhoo Kandu (1 ½ Channel) and visit Ga. Kolamaafushi and Gdh. Hoan’dehdhoo, culminating their voyage at the southernmost points of 5. Hithadhoo and 5. Gan, where a Gala Night will celebrate the conclusion of this year’s Savaadheetha Dhathuru: The Maldives Yacht Rally.
A primary objective of the Savaadheetha Dhathuru is to foster diversification and integrate the local community within the tourism sector. The rally focuses on promoting Local Island Tourism, Culture & Heritage Tourism, and Nautical Tourism, with the invaluable support of island Councils and communities. This collaboration ensures an authentic local experience, leaving an indelible impression on every participant.
The 2024 Maldives Yacht Rally is proudly endorsed by several ministries, including the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Cities, Local Government and Public Works, Ministry of Sports Fitness and Recreation, Ministry of Climate Change, Environment and Energy, Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Information and Arts, Ministry of Dhivehi Language, Arts, Culture and Heritage, Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Additional endorsements come from the Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation, Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), Maldives Association of Yacht Agents (MAYA), and the Business Center Corporation.
For this year’s edition, the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) continues as our Main Sponsor for the third consecutive year. Visit Maldives joins as our Destination Partner, and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) as our Hosting Partner. We are also grateful for the extensive support from our partners, including STELCO, STO, MPL, MTDC, Maldivian, and Voyages Maldives, who are our additional sponsors for this event.