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Shitbox Rally Australia Partners With Spirit Of Tasmania For The First “Shipbox Rally” Sailing Across The Bass Strait

October 22, 2015 Motoring No Comments Email Email

Shitbox Rally Australia 2016 has today announced their partnership with Spirit of Tasmania in the dedicated “Shipbox Rally” sailing on 12 May 2016. The first ever sea crossing for Shipbox Rally, it will be a welcomed indulgence of comfort and style as 200 teams take shelter from driving their cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia’s toughest roads.

Departing Melbourne at sunset, Shipbox Rally will sail towards the horizon, landing in Devonport at sunrise on 13 May 2016. As the teams wave goodbye to the dusty tracks and glistening city lights of the mainland, the 400 participants can relax in plush and modern surrounds as they discover “The NEW Spirit of Tasmania” on the 429km crossing. In a rally renowned for river crossings, tough conditions and certainly no smooth sailings, it’s a welcome addition to the seven-day adventure.

The newly refurbished Spirit of Tasmania ships not only offer supreme comfort, endless entertainment options and uninterrupted starry night views, but a well received change in pace as four turbo-charged diesel engines motor Shipbox Rally across Bass Strait. Throughout the crossing, teams will also be treated to some of the best Tasmanian gourmet food and beverage produce. It’s a taste of what’s to come as they leave Shipbox Rally behind to explore the patchwork of lush fields, alpine forests and craggy coastlines of Tasmania, before the colourful convoy crosses the Shitbox Rally finish line in Hobart at the end of the day.

The largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council, Shitbox Rally is committed to raising funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.
As James Freeman, founder of Box Rallies explains, “it’s through the support of organisations like Spirit of Tasmania, that Shitbox Rally can focus on what’s really important – the fundraising.”

“The official “Shipbox Rally” is something Spirit of Tasmania is proud to support, especially as it is the first time the event is coming to Tasmania,” Spirit of Tasmania CEO Bernard Dwyer said.

“It is a most worthwhile cause and we are looking forward to making the journey across an enjoyable and relaxing one for all of the participants.”

Since it’s inaugural year in 2010, Shitbox Rally has raised over $6.1 million for cancer research, and has travelled through every state and territory with Tasmania being the final Australian frontier. From Sydney to Alice Springs via the Oodnadatta track in 2010, Brisbane to Darwin via Savannah Way in 2011, Melbourne to Cairns via the Strzelecki Track in 2012, Adelaide to Fremantle via Uluru in 2013, Perth to Darwin via the Gibb River Road in 2014 and Canberra to Townsville via the Birdsville Track this year, Shitbox Rally continues to test the limits of some of Australia’s most arduous roads and water crossings.

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