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Auckland to Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island and Southport Cruising Training

Auckland
  • Event date: 01/11/2020
  • Event end: 17/11/2020
  • When: OCT-DEC
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Auckland to Norfolk Island, Ball’s Pyramid, Lord Howe Island, Elizabeth Reef, Middleton Reef and Southport / 1,400nm / 17 Days / CAT 1 Expedition

The ocean passage from Auckland, New Zealand to Norfolk Island, Balls Pyramid, Lord Howe Island, Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef and onto to Southport, Queensland, Australia is a true adventurers expedition.

We depart Auckland and head north up the east coast of New Zealand until we clear North Cape, then sail 390nm NW to Norfolk Island, where (weather permitting) we will anchor and go ashore, clear Australian Customs and take a tour of the island and take in the rich history dating back to the early convict inhabitants.

Then we will set sail for Lord Howe Island via a sail past of the unique Balls Pyramid, stretching almost 500m out of the ocean. We’ll stop at Lord Howe Island where we will tie up on a mooring in the lagoon for 2-3 nights on the western side and take the opportunity to swim, cycle, hike, relax and enjoy everything this stunning island has to offer.

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

Highlights from the 2019 passage to Middleton Reef and Elizabeth Reef

Then the real adventure begins with a sail 100nm north to Elizabeth Reef, where we will anchor and go ashore on Elizabeth Island, a sand island inside the platform reef thats covered at high tide. Imagine standing on a tiny island 300nm off the East Coast of Australia with nothing but the Tasman Sea in every direction!

Next we will sail 30nm to the notorious Middleton Reef, one of the southernmost platform reefs in the world. This 6nm long reef rises up off the 3,000 metre deep Tasman Sea floor and is visible at low tide. It’s claimed more than 70 vessels in the past 100 years with some wrecks still visible. The final destination is Southport, Queensland, 300nm west of Middleton Reef, where we will clear customs and tie up at the Southport Yacht Club.

This expedition will have some unique sights including seeing ship wrecks visible on top of the Middleton Reef, turquoise blue lagoons, amazing sea life and the steep Jurassic like cliff faces of Lord Howe Island.

Expedition Auckland to Norfolk Island, Ball’s Pyramid, Lord Howe Island, Elizabeth Reef, Middleton Reef and Southport
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

6950 AUD $

Expedition Auckland to Norfolk Island, Ball’s Pyramid, Lord Howe Island, Elizabeth Reef, Middleton Reef and Southport / 1,400nm / 1-17 Nov 2020

You can fly directly into Auckland on or before the 1st of November 2020. 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 2nd onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 3rd November 2020, when we will clear Customs and then depart Auckland and sail up the east coast of New Zealand passing the northernmost tip; Cape Reinga, before heading for Norfolk Island where we swill top briefly for an island tour before continuing for a sail past Balls Pyramid, and the final 13nm to Lord Howe Island for a 2-3 day stopover. We will then sail north for stops (weather permitting) at both Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs before the final 300nm west to Southport, Queensland, Australia.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to 1st of November, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore, but check with us first. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Southport and depart out of either Coolangatta (Gold Coast) or Brisbane airports.

  • 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.

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

    Listen to episode 64: Passage to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef, Lord Howe Island & Balls Pyramid (Our 2018 passage). Click image on left.

    Lord Howe Island information.

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meals ashore before departure
  • accommodation onboard
  • your Ocean Gem 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
  • meals ashore at Southport
  • toiletries
  • clothing and wet weather gear

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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Expedition Auckland to Norfolk Island, Ball’s Pyramid, Lord Howe Island, Elizabeth Reef, Middleton Reef and Southport / 1,400nm / 1-17 Nov 2020

You can fly directly into Auckland on or before the 1st of November 2020. 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 2nd onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 3rd November 2020, when we will clear Customs and then depart Auckland and sail up the east coast of New Zealand passing the northernmost tip; Cape Reinga, before heading for Norfolk Island where we swill top briefly for an island tour before continuing for a sail past Balls Pyramid, and the final 13nm to Lord Howe Island for a 2-3 day stopover. We will then sail north for stops (weather permitting) at both Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs before the final 300nm west to Southport, Queensland, Australia.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to 1st of November, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore, but check with us first. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Southport and depart out of either Coolangatta (Gold Coast) or Brisbane airports.

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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.

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

    Listen to episode 64: Passage to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef, Lord Howe Island & Balls Pyramid (Our 2018 passage). Click image on left.

    Lord Howe Island information.

Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meals ashore before departure
  • accommodation onboard
  • your Ocean Gem 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
  • meals ashore at Southport
  • toiletries
  • clothing and wet weather gear

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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