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Auckland, New Zealand to Gold Coast, Australia Race OffShore Races Training

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
  • Event date: 26/05/2021
  • Event end: 12/06/2021
  • When: APR-JUN
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Auckland, New Zealand to Gold Coast, Australia Race / 1,270nm
15 Days / CAT 1 Ocean Race

For the second time in 2021 and the first time in decades, we will see a fully crewed yacht race from New Zealand to Australia. The race will start on Auckland Harbour on 30 May 2021 and finish at Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Following the completion of the 36th Americas Cup, this race is part of a group of events hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who are celebrating their 150th Anniversary. This challenging Category 1 race is open to offshore racing yachts who want to tackle the Tasman Sea.

The Southport Yacht Club (SYC) and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) are excited to partner for the 1,270nm Auckland to Gold Coast Yacht Race 2021. Will this be a once-only race? Who knows.

Having sailed across the Tasman Sea seven times, (twice solo) David knows from personal experience that this race will be one of the toughest and most unique ocean races on the world offshore calendar in 2021, along with the Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race in Jan 2021. With nothing but the open ocean from the bottom of Australia and New Zealand to Antarctica; 1,000nm to the south, the ocean swell can build rapidly 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.

Auckland to Gold Coast Race

With a large fleet of yachts expected, ranging from 36 to 100 foot in length and the electric pre-race atmosphere at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, following on from the excitement of the 36th Americas Cup Final, the race start on Auckland Harbour (New Zealand’s city of sails) is sure to be incredible. With spectator’s vessels, helicopters overhead and people lining the Auckland waterfront and cliff tops, the race start will be spectacular.

We’ll assemble in Auckland on the 26th May, giving us 3 days of crew preparation, training drills and final checks. It promises to be a unique experience from the moment you land in Auckland to the time you sail into Southport.

Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race
Difficulty Level:
Tough
Price:

7750 AUD $

Auckland, New Zealand to Gold Coast, Australia Race / 1,270nm
26 May – 12 Jun 2021

You can fly directly into Auckland Airport on Wednesday 26th May. Our crew will officially assemble that evening, and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. On Thursday 27th we’ll meet for breakfast early and start our process of running through checks, training drills, allocating crew roles and completing final preparations.

We’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment. On race day we’ll get ready for departure from the dock around 11:30 am and head out into the start zone for an expected 1300 hours gun.

It is an 8-11 day sail to Southport depending on weather conditions, and wind direction and arrival is expected on the 7th-10th June. You are welcome to stay on board on arrival into Southport but its recommended due to limited space that you arrange accommodation ashore especially if staying on in the Gold Coast for any length of time.

When we arrive in Southport at the Southport Yacht Club, we’ll tie up at the marina, clear customs and the head to SYC to join the post-race festivities. You should plan to fly out of the Gold Coast or Brisbane after midday on the 12th of June. It’s expected most of our crew plan to stay on and enjoy a few days in the Gold Coast at the end of the race, as it is likely to be a celebration you will never forget.

  • You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent Category 1 Course at least 2 months prior to race start.

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals on board
  • accommodation onboard
  • your Ocean Gem crew shirt
  • an Ocean Gem crew jacket
  • marina fees
  • race entry fees
  • the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether.
  • your bedding, a pillow and towel are also included along with suncream.

Your crew package excludes:

  • accommodation ashore
  • flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports
  • alcohol
  • meals ashore in Auckland
  • toiletries
  • clothing and wet weather gear.

Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility incase of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules.

You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent Category 1 Course at least 2 months prior to the race start.

Accommodation options if you want to stay either side of the trip ashore: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Gold Coast, Australia Race / 1,270nm
26 May – 12 Jun 2021

You can fly directly into Auckland Airport on Wednesday 26th May. Our crew will officially assemble that evening, and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. On Thursday 27th we’ll meet for breakfast early and start our process of running through checks, training drills, allocating crew roles and completing final preparations.

We’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment. On race day we’ll get ready for departure from the dock around 11:30 am and head out into the start zone for an expected 1300 hours gun.

It is an 8-11 day sail to Southport depending on weather conditions, and wind direction and arrival is expected on the 7th-10th June. You are welcome to stay on board on arrival into Southport but its recommended due to limited space that you arrange accommodation ashore especially if staying on in the Gold Coast for any length of time.

When we arrive in Southport at the Southport Yacht Club, we’ll tie up at the marina, clear customs and the head to SYC to join the post-race festivities. You should plan to fly out of the Gold Coast or Brisbane after midday on the 12th of June. It’s expected most of our crew plan to stay on and enjoy a few days in the Gold Coast at the end of the race, as it is likely to be a celebration you will never forget.

Tips
  • You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent Category 1 Course at least 2 months prior to race start.
Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals on board
  • accommodation onboard
  • your Ocean Gem crew shirt
  • an Ocean Gem crew jacket
  • marina fees
  • race entry fees
  • the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether.
  • your bedding, a pillow and towel are also included along with suncream.
Exclusions

Your crew package excludes:

  • accommodation ashore
  • flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports
  • alcohol
  • meals ashore in Auckland
  • toiletries
  • clothing and wet weather gear.

Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility incase of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules.

You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent Category 1 Course at least 2 months prior to the race start.

Accommodation options if you want to stay either side of the trip ashore: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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