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Auckland New Zealand to Hobart Australia Cruising

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
  • Event date: 15/01/2023
  • Event end: 01/02/2023
  • When: JAN-MAR
  • Duration: 3 weeks

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.

Auckland to Hobart
Difficulty Level:
Tough
Price:

6950 AUD $

Auckland, New Zealand to Hobart, Australia / 1,930 Nm
15 Jan – 1 Feb 2023

You can fly directly into Auckland on or before the 15th of January 2023. 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 on the 16th January onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 17th January, when we will head NE to Cape Colville, SE to East Cape and then SW to Bluff, where we will clear customs before heading NW to Hobart, Australia.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to 15th of January, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Hobart and should plan on departing out of Hobart airport on 2nd February 2023.

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meals ashore in Auckland and in Hobart
  • 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 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.

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.

Boats
Program

Auckland, New Zealand to Hobart, Australia / 1,930 Nm
15 Jan – 1 Feb 2023

You can fly directly into Auckland on or before the 15th of January 2023. 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 on the 16th January onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 17th January, when we will head NE to Cape Colville, SE to East Cape and then SW to Bluff, where we will clear customs before heading NW to Hobart, Australia.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to 15th of January, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Hobart and should plan on departing out of Hobart airport on 2nd February 2023.

Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meals ashore in Auckland and in Hobart
  • 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 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.

Tips

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.

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