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Auckland to Bluff New Zealand passage Cruising Training

Auckland, New Zealand
  • Event date: 18/02/2022
  • Event end: 28/02/2022
  • When: JAN-MAR
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Auckland to Bluff, New Zealand / 100 Nm / 10 Days / CAT 1 Ocean passage

This 1,000nm Cat-1 ocean passage takes us non-stop down the east coast of New Zealand to the Southern town of Bluff at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island and from a balmy 36 degrees south to well into the roaring 40’s at 46 degrees south.

We’ll depart Auckland and spend the first few hours heading NE to clear Cape Colville, before setting a SE course for East Cape before turning South to run down New Zealand’s East Coast to the destination of Bluff located on the shores of the infamous Foveaux Strait.

The sea life, milky way, phosphorescence and tranquillity of an ocean passage and seeing no other vessels for the bulk of the voyage, really make this a special sailing experience.

Auckland to Bluff Sailing
Difficulty Level:
Tough
Price:

4250 AUD $

Auckland to Bluff, New Zealand / 1000 Nm / 18 – 28 Feb 2022

You can fly directly into Auckland on or before the 18th Feb 2022 and join us for a crew dinner ashore that evening. Our crew will officially assemble on the 19th Feb and we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment. We will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 20th Feb from our Auckland marina berth. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 18th Feb, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can depart out of Invercargill airport on or after the 30th of Feb, a short drive from Bluff by car, which has connecting international flights out of Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.

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 weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls
  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating best route to 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
  • meals ashore in Auckland and Bluff
  • 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

Auckland to Bluff, New Zealand / 1000 Nm / 18 – 28 Feb 2022

You can fly directly into Auckland on or before the 18th Feb 2022 and join us for a crew dinner ashore that evening. Our crew will officially assemble on the 19th Feb and we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment. We will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 20th Feb from our Auckland marina berth. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 18th Feb, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can depart out of Invercargill airport on or after the 30th of Feb, a short drive from Bluff by car, which has connecting international flights out of Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.

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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 weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls
  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating best route to 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
  • meals ashore in Auckland and Bluff
  • 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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