Auckland, New Zealand to Hobart, Australia / 1,930 Nm
18 Days / CAT 1 Ocean Passage
The passage from Auckland to Hobart across the Tasman Sea via the east coast of New Zealand adds an extra challenge to the Trans-Tasman crossing and the chance to see the spectacular eastern New Zealand coastline.
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.
I have sailed across the Tasman Sea as skipper six times (two solo), 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.
We’ll depart Auckland and spend the first half of the passage clearing the coast of New Zealand, before setting a course from Bluff across the Tasman Sea to Hobart, 930nm to the NW.
The sea life, milky way, phosphorescence and tranquility of crossing an ocean and seeing no other vessels for the bulk of the voyage, really make this a special sailing experience.