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Auckland, New Zealand to Elizabeth and Middleton Reef’s to Southport Australia Ocean Passage Cruising

Auckland
  • Event date: 22/11/2022
  • Event end: 04/12/2022
  • When: OCT-DEC
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Auckland, New Zealand to Elizabeth and Middleton Reef’s to Southport Australia / 1,500nm / 11 Days / CAT 0 Ocean Passage

The Category 0 ocean passage from Auckland, New Zealand to Southport, Queensland, Australia includes a stopover at Elizabeth Reef and a circumnavigation of the notorious Middleton Reef; two of the southernmost platform reefs in the world. It’s a great opportunity to cross the Tasman Sea.

These 6nm long reefs rise up from the 4,000 metres deep Tasman Seafloor and are both visible at low tide. They have claimed more than 70 vessels in the past 100 years with some wrecks still visible on the reefs. Initially, we’ll sail from North Cape to Elizabeth Reef, where we will anchor and go ashore on Elizabeth Island, a sand island inside the platform reef that’s covered at high tide. Imagine standing on a tiny island 300nm off the East Coast of Australia with nothing but the Tasman Sea in every direction!

With nothing but an 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 twelve times (two solos), the keys to success include waiting for the weather window, downloading live weather en-route and sailing a vessel that’s easy to mode for all wind and swell conditions. 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 wait for a safe weather window. It’s an absolute bucket-list voyage and a hugely satisfying personal achievement.

Secure your place on the crew with a 20% deposit.

Expedition Auckland to Norfolk Island, Ball’s Pyramid, Lord Howe Island, Elizabeth Reef, Middleton Reef and Southport
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

7750 AUD $

Auckland, New Zealand to Elizabeth and Middleton Reef’s to Southport Australia / 1,500nm / 22 Nov – 4 Dec 2022

You can fly directly into Auckland on or before the 22nd of November 2022. When you arrive we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. Our crew will officially assemble from the 23rd onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 24th of November 2022, when we will clear Customs and then depart Auckland and sail up the east coast of New Zealand passing the northernmost tip; Cape Reinga, before heading for Elizabeth Reef, Middleton Reef and finally Southport, Queensland, Australia.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 22nd of November, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore, but check with me first. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Southport and should plan to depart out of either Coolangatta (Gold Coast) or Brisbane airports on or after the 4th of December.

HERES WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE ONBOARD

  • Hoisting, trimming and reefing both upwind (main, genoas, and jibs) and downwind sails (poled out headsails, spinnakers, gennakers and code 0’s (subject to weather)
  • Acting as watch captain (day and night), helming, navigating, checking the weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls
  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating the best route to the 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.

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • crew meals ashore in Auckland and Southport
  • accommodation onboard
  • your Ocean Sailing Expeditions crew shirt
  • marina fees
  • the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether
  • your bedding, a pillow and towel is also included along with suncream.

Your crew package excludes:

  • accommodation ashore
  • flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports and visas
  • alcohol
  • toiletries
  • clothing and wet weather gear
  • You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent Category 1 Course at least 2 months prior.

Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore either side of trip: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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Program 2022

Auckland, New Zealand to Elizabeth and Middleton Reef’s to Southport Australia / 1,500nm / 22 Nov – 4 Dec 2022

You can fly directly into Auckland on or before the 22nd of November 2022. When you arrive we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. Our crew will officially assemble from the 23rd onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 24th of November 2022, when we will clear Customs and then depart Auckland and sail up the east coast of New Zealand passing the northernmost tip; Cape Reinga, before heading for Elizabeth Reef, Middleton Reef and finally Southport, Queensland, Australia.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 22nd of November, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore, but check with me first. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Southport and should plan to depart out of either Coolangatta (Gold Coast) or Brisbane airports on or after the 4th of December.

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HERES WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE ONBOARD

  • Hoisting, trimming and reefing both upwind (main, genoas, and jibs) and downwind sails (poled out headsails, spinnakers, gennakers and code 0’s (subject to weather)
  • Acting as watch captain (day and night), helming, navigating, checking the weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls
  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating the best route to the 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.
Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • crew meals ashore in Auckland and Southport
  • accommodation onboard
  • your Ocean Sailing Expeditions crew shirt
  • marina fees
  • the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether
  • your bedding, a pillow and towel is also included along with suncream.
Exclusions

Your crew package excludes:

  • accommodation ashore
  • flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports and visas
  • alcohol
  • toiletries
  • clothing and wet weather gear
  • You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent Category 1 Course at least 2 months prior.

Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore either side of trip: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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