Julie Dufour - Geneviève MacEachern
Mr. Don Bayne
Robert Jackson &
Special Thanks to management and staff at Intact Insurance - Ottawa, Atlantic, Durham, London and Calgary branches
The desert navigation rally
for women since 1990
Organised for amateur and professional women drivers, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is the definitive female motorised adventure.
By excluding speed, it has created another vision of car rallies. The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is based on “old fashion” navigation skills. On board their 4WDs, SUVs, motorbikes, quad bikes, trucks or prototypes, the Rallye offers the participants a 10-day challenging experience in the Moroccan Sahara. Driving off-trail with just a map and compass, completely self-sufficient, the competitors must cover the marked out route in a minimum of kilometres.
Although the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is a return to the roots of the “sporting” side of the rally adventure, it is at the cutting edge of technology with its use of satellite tracking systems to ensure the safety of the participants. It is this duality that makes this competition so unusual.
In March 2008, 192 women from 14 different countries took part in the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. South Africa, Angola, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, Senegal and the UK will be represented.
The average age of this Rallye is 39 years – the oldest competitor is 63, and the youngest, 22. The participants are: firefighters, engineers, computer analysts, nurses, hoteliers, corporate managers, teachers, policewomen, administration directors, communications managers, psychologists, notaries, opticians, midwives, secretaries, purchase assistants, mothers, students, mail carriers, store owners, travel agents, administration agents, vintners, artists, TV actresses, designers, dieticians, accountants, veterinarians, hairstylists, dentists, master fisherwomen, flight attendants...