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Southport Australia to Opua & Auckland, New Zealand Cruising Training

Southport Yacht Club
  • Event date: 26/09/2020
  • Event end: 09/10/2020
  • When: OCT-DEC
  • Duration: 2 weeks

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.

Tasman Sea Crossing Southport Australia to Auckland New Zealand
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

6500 $ AUD

Southport, Australia to Opua & Auckland, New Zealand / 1,310nm / 26 Sep – 9 Oct 2020

You can fly directly into Coolangatta or Brisbane on or before the 26th September 2020. When you arrive we will 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 27th onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 28th September 2020, when we will clear Customs and depart from the Southport Yacht Club.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to 26th September, you will may to arrange accommodation ashore. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Auckland and depart out of Auckland Airport, 30 minutes by car/bus from Auckland CBD.

Here’s 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.

Read our blog article of the Trans Tasman Crossing from Southport, Auckland to Opua & Auckland, New Zealand done on Ocean Gem in March 2019.

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meal ashore in Southport
  • 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
  • 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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Program

Southport, Australia to Opua & Auckland, New Zealand / 1,310nm / 26 Sep – 9 Oct 2020

You can fly directly into Coolangatta or Brisbane on or before the 26th September 2020. When you arrive we will 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 27th onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 28th September 2020, when we will clear Customs and depart from the Southport Yacht Club.

You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to 26th September, you will may to arrange accommodation ashore. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Auckland and depart out of Auckland Airport, 30 minutes by car/bus from Auckland CBD.

Tips

Here’s 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.

Read our blog article of the Trans Tasman Crossing from Southport, Auckland to Opua & Auckland, New Zealand done on Ocean Gem in March 2019.

Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meal ashore in Southport
  • 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
  • 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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