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Hobart to Bluff Yacht Race OffShore Races

Tasmania, Australia
  • Event date: 15/02/2022
  • Event end: 25/02/2022
  • When: JAN-MAR
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Hobart to Bluff Yacht Race / 935 Nm / 9 Days / Cat 1 Ocean Race

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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Hobart to Bluff Yacht Race
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

6750 $ AUD

Hobart to Bluff Yacht Race / 935 Nm / 9 Days / Cat 1 Ocean Race / 15 –  25 Feb 2022

You can fly directly into Hobart on or before the 15th February 2022 and join us for a crew dinner ashore that evening. Our crew will officially assemble on the 16th February and we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment. We will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 17th February, when we will clear customs at Constitution dock and head for a race start abeam the Iron Pot at 1100 hours and set a course for Bluff, New Zealand. Depending on weather, the race should be 6-7 days with arrival into Bluff estimated for 23-24th February, with a prize giving ceremony at the Bluff Yacht Club to follow. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive but if you plan to arrive prior to the 15th February, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can depart out of Invercargill airport on or after the 25th of February, a short drive from Bluff by car, which has connecting international flights out of Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.

The Discover Tasmania website give you all kind of information about Tasmania.

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 event.

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meals ashore in Hobart 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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Hobart to Bluff Yacht Race / 935 Nm / 9 Days / Cat 1 Ocean Race / 15 –  25 Feb 2022

You can fly directly into Hobart on or before the 15th February 2022 and join us for a crew dinner ashore that evening. Our crew will officially assemble on the 16th February and we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment. We will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 17th February, when we will clear customs at Constitution dock and head for a race start abeam the Iron Pot at 1100 hours and set a course for Bluff, New Zealand. Depending on weather, the race should be 6-7 days with arrival into Bluff estimated for 23-24th February, with a prize giving ceremony at the Bluff Yacht Club to follow. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive but if you plan to arrive prior to the 15th February, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can depart out of Invercargill airport on or after the 25th of February, a short drive from Bluff by car, which has connecting international flights out of Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.

Tips

The Discover Tasmania website give you all kind of information about Tasmania.

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 event.

Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meals ashore in Hobart 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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