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Hamilton Island, Australia to Picton, New Zealand Ocean Passage Cruising Training

Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Australia
  • Event date: 02/09/2021
  • Event end: 19/09/2021
  • When: JUL-SEP
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Hamilton Island, Australia to Picton, New Zealand / 1,820nm / 17 Days / CAT 1 Ocean passage

Departing from the spectacular Hamilton Island in Australia’s Whitsundays, we’ll head south to the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef and then alter course to SE to cross the Tasman Sea, one of the most revered ocean crossings on the planet.

With nothing but open ocean from the bottom of Australia/New Zealand to Antartica; 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.

David has crossed the Tasman Sea six times (two solo) on Ocean Gem, the keys to success include waiting for the weather window, downloading live weather en-route and sailing a vessel thats 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 Hamilton Island and first two days getting clear of the Great Barrier Reef, before setting a course toward the top of New Zealand’s South Island to the destination of Waikawa Bay, Picton set in the famous cruising grounds of the Marlborough Sounds.

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.

Hamilton Island to Picton sailing passage
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

6750 AUD $

Hamilton Island, Australia to Picton, New Zealand / 1,820nm / 2 – 19 Sep 2021

You can fly directly into Hobart on or before the 2nd of September 2021. 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 3rd September and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 4th of September 2021, when we will leave Hamilton Island Marina, sail to Mackay, clear Customs and then depart for New Zealand.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive but if you plan to arrive prior to the 2nd of September, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can depart out of Blenheim airport on arrival in New Zealand, 30 minutes by car from Picton 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.

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

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meals ashore in Hamilton Island
  • 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
  • meals ashore in Picton
  • flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports and visas
  • alcohol
  • 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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Hamilton Island, Australia to Picton, New Zealand / 1,820nm / 2 – 19 Sep 2021

You can fly directly into Hobart on or before the 2nd of September 2021. 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 3rd September and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 4th of September 2021, when we will leave Hamilton Island Marina, sail to Mackay, clear Customs and then depart for New Zealand.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive but if you plan to arrive prior to the 2nd of September, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can depart out of Blenheim airport on arrival in New Zealand, 30 minutes by car from Picton 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.

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

Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meals ashore in Hamilton Island
  • 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
  • meals ashore in Picton
  • flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports and visas
  • alcohol
  • 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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