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Southport, Australia to Vuda Point Fiji Ocean Passage Cruising

Southport Yacht Club, Australia
  • Event date: 11/04/2023
  • Event end: 24/04/2023
  • When: APR-JUN
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Southport, Australia to Vuda Point, Fiji / 1,470 Nm / 13 Days / Cat 0 Ocean Passage

The Southport, Australia to Vuda Point, Fiji ocean passage will be an epic Category 0 – 1,470nm journey across the sunny and warm Pacific Ocean from the Coral Sea to the Vuda Point Marina on Fiji’s western shores. As we head NE, the sea temperature will rise by the day and this glorious South Pacific passage will be packed with great sailing, stunning bird and sea life and the mesmerising deep blue of the Pacific Ocean.

It promises to be an excellent voyage for those looking for a long ocean passage while enjoying the experience in a warm and fairly forgiving tropical environment. For those wanting to experience cruising to the Pacific Islands, it also offers an insight into the planning, preparation and formalities required for an ocean passage and for entering a foreign port.

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

Southport,Australia to Vuda Point, Fiji
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

8750 $ AUD

Southport, Australia to Vuda Point, Fiji / 1,470 Nm / 11-24 Apr 2023

You can fly directly into Gold Coast or Brisbane Airport on the 11th of April 2023 or earlier. Our crew will officially assemble on the 12th of April where we’ll meet for breakfast and then spend the day running through final checks and preparations. We’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. You are welcome to stay onboard from the 4th of April onwards and we will aim to depart on the 13th of April for Fiji. We would expect to arrive in Fiji on the 24th of April and you can plan to fly out of Nadi Airport in Fiji from the 25th of April onwards.

Here’s 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

Read the blog articles published by Lena Padukova after her 2019 Trans-Tasman on Ocean Gem.

Read our blog article on the Trans Tasman Crossing from Southport, Auckland to Opua & Auckland, New Zealand done on Ocean Gem in March 2019

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • crew meals ashore in Southport and Fiji
  • 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 at least 1 month 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

Southport, Australia to Vuda Point, Fiji / 1,470 Nm / 11-24 Apr 2023

You can fly directly into Gold Coast or Brisbane Airport on the 11th of April 2023 or earlier. Our crew will officially assemble on the 12th of April where we’ll meet for breakfast and then spend the day running through final checks and preparations. We’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. You are welcome to stay onboard from the 4th of April onwards and we will aim to depart on the 13th of April for Fiji. We would expect to arrive in Fiji on the 24th of April and you can plan to fly out of Nadi Airport in Fiji from the 25th of April onwards.

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Here’s 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

Read the blog articles published by Lena Padukova after her 2019 Trans-Tasman on Ocean Gem.

Read our blog article on the Trans Tasman Crossing from Southport, Auckland to Opua & Auckland, New Zealand done on Ocean Gem in March 2019

Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • crew meals ashore in Southport and Fiji
  • 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 at least 1 month 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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