Hobart to Bluff Yacht Race / 935 Nm / 9 Days / Cat 1 Ocean Race / Silver Fern & Salt Lines
Join the crew for a Roaring 40’s Ocean Race between Australia and New Zealand’s southernmost mainland ports. We’ll go head to head with two 70+ foot expedition yacht crews, racing each other to claim the title of Roaring 40’s Ocean Race Winner in this inaugural yacht race.
Crossing the Tasman Sea is one of the most revered ocean crossings on the planet. With nothing but open ocean from the bottom of Australia/New Zealand to Antartica; 1,000 Nm to the south, the ocean swell can build in height with no land to stop it for more than 2,500 Nm 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 sailed across the Tasman Sea as skipper nine times (two solo), 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 Hobart and spend the first 7-8 hours getting clear of the Tasmanian Coast, before setting a course toward the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island to the destination of Bluff located on the shores of the infamous Foveaux Strait.
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.
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