Trans Tasman Crossing Southport, Australia to Opua & Auckland, New Zealand / 1,310nm / 14 Days / CAT 1 Ocean Passage
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; 1,000nm 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, your skipper crossed the Tasman Sea seven 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 August) and wait for a safe weather window. It’s an absolute bucket-list voyage and a hugely satisfying personal achievement.
We’ll depart Southport and spend the first 7-8 hours getting clear of the Australian Coast, before setting a course toward the top of New Zealand’s North Island to the destination of Opua in the Bay of Islands, where we will stop briefly and clear customs, before continuing to Auckland (known as the City of Sails) and the current home of the Americas Cup.
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.