“If it was easy, everyone would do it” – Emily Miller

Navigation rallies aren’t easy. Once you put aside the difficulties of living out of your vehicle in the desert for a week, tackling technical off-road obstacles, and inevitable vehicle issues; you’re still in the middle of nowhere with only a compass and a map.

Despite a fire totaling almost 200-acres overtaking the forest nearby Valhalla Estate, forcing us to relocate to a new location only hours before rally school was scheduled to start, things went off with only minimal delay. Which is important, because rally school ensures that everyone has a fair chance, at the same time, to understand the rules of the rally, the format and how things will be run. This isn’t where you learn how to navigate—that’s something done by teams in the weeks prior to prepare.

“It’s important to make sure the rally isn’t just challenging, but it’s fair to all teams—and above all, fun for everyone participating.” Said Chrissie Beavis, Head Rally Judge.

Scoring is an essential part of this rally, it’s what decides who wins, who loses, and where people place in between. For example—if a team arrives after a deadline, or is caught speeding—points will be taken away from those they’ve earned. The team with the most points at the end of the competition will win the Rebelle Rally in their class.