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Hobart to Bluff Roaring 40’s Ocean Race

Hobart to Bluff Roaring 40’s Ocean Race

We are thrilled to bring you the latest updates from the exciting world of sailing. In this edition, we dive into the Hobart to Bluff race with an exclusive offer.

Join the crew for a Roaring 40’s Ocean Race between Australia and New Zealand’s southernmost mainland ports. We’ll go head to head with two 70+ foot expedition yacht crews on Silver Fern and Salt Lines, racing each other to claim the Roaring 40’s Ocean Race Winner title in this inaugural yacht race.

    • 10 days
    • 935NM
    • Category 1 Ocean Race
    • Two Yachts
    • 22 January – 2 February 2024
    • Save 3000 Australian Dollars

With reaching and running conditions expected, this Tasman Sea drag race could be over in less than 5 days. If you’ve had a taste of offshore sailing or want to tackle a one-of-a-kind ocean race, then join the crew now for what promises to be an epic adventure.

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🌟 You are in good hands

Crossing the Tasman Sea is one of the most revered ocean crossings on the planet. With nothing but the open ocean from the bottom of Australia/New Zealand to Antarctica, 1,000nm to the south, the ocean swell can build in height with no land to stop it for more than 2,500nm until it hits the shores of the Pacific Islands. There are many reasons why more people have climbed Mount Everest than have sailed across the Tasman Sea and the rapidly changing nature of the Tasman Sea’s weather system is one of them.

Our skippers have sailed across the Tasman Sea sixteen times (two solo) and despite its reputation for extreme conditions, the Tasman Sea is easy to cross safely if you stay clear of the winter storm season (late May to early August) and maintain a vigilant 7-day weather forecast watch. It’s an absolute bucket-list voyage and a hugely satisfying personal achievement.

We’ll depart Hobart and spend the first 7-8 hours getting clear of the Tasmanian Coast before setting a course toward the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island to the destination of Bluff, located on the shores of the infamous Foveaux Strait.

The sea life, milky way, phosphorescence and tranquillity of crossing an ocean and seeing no other vessels for the bulk of the voyage, really make this a special sailing experience.

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🌊 Here’s what you will experience onboard

Prior to departure, you’ll spend a day on board, learning the ropes and safety systems and completing final pre-departure checks, to ensure you can confidently contribute as a fellow race crew member.

  • Hoisting, trimming and reefing both upwind (main, genoas, and jibs) and downwind sails (poled out headsails, spinnakers and gennakers (subject to weather).

  • Acting as watch captain (day and night), helming, navigating, checking weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls.

  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating best route to destination.

  • Navigating, hazard identification, entering waypoints and calculating updated ETA’s.

  • Routine checks of bilges, engine, electrical systems, sails and hardware for preventative maintenance.

  • Watch roster planning, matching responsibility to experience, crew management and communication.

  • Familiarisation of all safety procedures, sail planning, storm preparation planning and abandon ship procedures.

  • Training in the use of PDF’s (Personal Flotation Devices), PLB’s (Personal Locator Beacons), safety tethers, dan buoy’s, storm drogue, liferaft and any other equipment required to ensure you remain safe in all conditions.

  • Advice on how to take responsibility for managing clothing, hydration, sleep and nutrition to maintain your health and well being aboard.

  • Planning our arrival and route to safe harbour including timing with daylight (if required), weather factors, navigational hazards, communications / customs and sail/motor arrival plan.

  • Multi-day, offshore passage making 24/7 on a significant Category 1 offshore passage.

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📆 10 Days from 22 January – 3 February 2024

You can fly directly into Hobart on or before the 22nd of January 2024 and join us for a crew welcome dinner that evening. You can depart out of Invercargill airport on or after the 3rd of February 2024, a short drive from Bluff by car, which has connecting international flights out of Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.


That’s all for now, sailors. Until next time, fair winds and smooth sailing!

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Come Ocean Sailing with us

Our mission: To sail with everyday people to rare and remote places, participate with passion in ocean races and adventures and undertake expeditions we’ll remember and treasure for the rest of our lives.

Step up and join David Hows and Matt Harvey onboard as a crew of their 70+ foot yachts ‘Silver Fern‘ and ‘Salt Lines‘ for the ocean sailing adventure of a lifetime, whether it’s a 600 Nm ocean passage down Australia’s East Coast, a 200 yacht regatta around the Whitsunday Islands, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, a Tasman Sea crossing or circumnavigating Tasmania, why not join us as a crew member in one of the limited spots available for each adventure.

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