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Southport to Lord Howe Island to Hobart Passage Cruising Training

Southport Yacht Club
  • Event date: 06/02/2022
  • Event end: 19/02/2022
  • When: JAN-MAR
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Southport to Lord Howe Island to Hobart / 1300 Nm / 13 Days / CAT 1 Coastal Passage

This offshore passage is a 1,300 Nm passage from Southport on sunny Queensland’s Gold Coast, to Lord Howe Island 360 Nm to the south east and then 940 Nm to Hobart; Australia’s southern most port.

This is a unique opportunity to stop at Lord Howe Island, meet the locals and take in some of the sights of life on an island less than 7 Nm in length. Lord Howe Island is surrounded by amazing sea life and steep Jurassic like cliff faces at the southern end. When we depart Lord Howe Island we’ll head 15 Nm south east past Ball’s Pyramid, a rock rising 551 metres out of the sea from the ocean floor, before we turn SW for the ocean passage to our planned Tasmania anchorages as we sail down the rugged Tasmanian coastline on the passage to Hobart.

We will plan around the weather and select from stopover options that include;

  • Lord Howe Island

  • Wineglass Bay

  • Port Arthur

The route we take and recommended anchorages are based on careful research, professional meteorological advice and detailed local sailing knowledge and subject to COVID Border restrictions.

Secure your place on the crew with a 20% deposit.

Southport to Sydney
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

7250 $ AUD

Southport to Lord Howe Island to Hobart / 1300 Nm / 6 – 19 Jan 2022

You can fly directly into Gold Coast or Brisbane airport’s on the 6th of January 2022 and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. On the 7th of January we’ll meet for breakfast early, then we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and get you ready for departure including running through final checks and preparations and depart from the dock around midday. We will aim to arrive in Hobart by the 18th of January, so you should aim to depart out of Hobart Airport on the 19th of January.

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 the weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls.
  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating the best route to the 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

Lord Howe Island information

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • crew meals ashore in Southport, Lord Howe Island, Hobart and various stopover ports en-route
  • 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 at least 1 month 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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Program

Southport to Lord Howe Island to Hobart / 1300 Nm / 6 – 19 Jan 2022

You can fly directly into Gold Coast or Brisbane airport’s on the 6th of January 2022 and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. On the 7th of January we’ll meet for breakfast early, then we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and get you ready for departure including running through final checks and preparations and depart from the dock around midday. We will aim to arrive in Hobart by the 18th of January, so you should aim to depart out of Hobart Airport on the 19th of January.

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 the weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls.
  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating the best route to the 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

Lord Howe Island information

Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • crew meals ashore in Southport, Lord Howe Island, Hobart and various stopover ports en-route
  • 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 at least 1 month 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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