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The Islands and Ports of Bass Strait Expedition Cruising, Expedition Training

Mersey River, Devonport, Australia
  • Event date: 24/01/2022
  • Event end: 7/02/2022
  • When: JAN-MAR
  • Duration: 2 weeks

The Islands and Ports of Bass Strait / 620nm / 14 Days/ CAT 1 Expedition

The Islands and Ports of Bass Strait Expedition is a Cat 1 620nm exploration of the islands, harbours and ports of the notorious, yet history rich Bass Strait set between mainland Australia and its most southern island state of Tasmania and finishing with a sail down the east coast of Tasmania to the port of Hobart.

This expedition in bad weather can be one of the most extreme challenges we undertake. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to undertake one of the world’s more adventurous and spectacular passage sailing experiences.

It is not for the fainthearted and there is no guarantee of stopovers at all the desired locations. It will depend on extensive preparation and considerable perseverance and the weather conditions we are dealt en-passage.

The route and recommended anchorages are based on careful research, professional meteorological advice and leveraging detailed local sailing knowledge.

The Islands and Ports of Bass Strait
Difficulty Level:
Tough
Price:

6750 AUD $

The Islands and Ports of Bass Strait / 620nm / 24 Jan – 7 Feb 2022 / 14 Days / CAT 1 Eexpedition

You can fly directly into Devonport Airport on or before Monday 24th January and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. On Tuesday 25th we’ll meet for breakfast, then familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and get you ready for departure before aiming to leave by the dock around midday Tuesday 25th January. We will aim sail into Hobart on 6th February and you should aim to depart out of Hobart Airport on or after the 7th of February.

The Tasmanian coastline includes some of the most extreme maritime scenery in Australia. The voyage starts at the city of Devonport on the Mersey River, before sailing west to a visit to the fishing village of Stanley nestling under The Nut.

As we sail past the NW corner we’ll aim to stop at Three Hummock Island or Hunter Island to await a suitable weather window for the sail to King Island famous for its cheese, lobsters and beef exports. The big leg of the expedition is eastbound across Bass Strait to either Deal Island or Flinders Island to our next anchorage in the Furneaux Group where we will spend time anchored in a number of bays and exploring ashore.

On the final passage south to Hobart we will stop at Wineglass Bay, before sailing through the stunning Schouten Passage, south past Maria Island and past the unforgettable views of the towering dolerite cliffs of Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Tasman Island to a stopover at the nineteenth-century convict settlement of Port Arthur. The last leg to Hobart will finish with an end-of-adventure dinner at the Customs House on the Hobart Waterfront.

Tourism Tasmania has developed the Discover Tasmania Website as a hub for people who are planning to visit, have visited, or simply have a great love for holidays in Tasmania. Here you’ll find general information and tips on travelling in Tasmania, as well as plenty of images, stories and tips that help capture the Tasmanian experience. We hope it will serve as a useful resource for your experiences.

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meal ashore in Devonport
  • 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
  • meals ashore after departure
  • 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

The Islands and Ports of Bass Strait / 620nm / 24 Jan – 7 Feb 2022 / 14 Days / CAT 1 Eexpedition

You can fly directly into Devonport Airport on or before Monday 24th January and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. On Tuesday 25th we’ll meet for breakfast, then familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and get you ready for departure before aiming to leave by the dock around midday Tuesday 25th January. We will aim sail into Hobart on 6th February and you should aim to depart out of Hobart Airport on or after the 7th of February.

The Tasmanian coastline includes some of the most extreme maritime scenery in Australia. The voyage starts at the city of Devonport on the Mersey River, before sailing west to a visit to the fishing village of Stanley nestling under The Nut.

As we sail past the NW corner we’ll aim to stop at Three Hummock Island or Hunter Island to await a suitable weather window for the sail to King Island famous for its cheese, lobsters and beef exports. The big leg of the expedition is eastbound across Bass Strait to either Deal Island or Flinders Island to our next anchorage in the Furneaux Group where we will spend time anchored in a number of bays and exploring ashore.

On the final passage south to Hobart we will stop at Wineglass Bay, before sailing through the stunning Schouten Passage, south past Maria Island and past the unforgettable views of the towering dolerite cliffs of Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Tasman Island to a stopover at the nineteenth-century convict settlement of Port Arthur. The last leg to Hobart will finish with an end-of-adventure dinner at the Customs House on the Hobart Waterfront.

Tips

Tourism Tasmania has developed the Discover Tasmania Website as a hub for people who are planning to visit, have visited, or simply have a great love for holidays in Tasmania. Here you’ll find general information and tips on travelling in Tasmania, as well as plenty of images, stories and tips that help capture the Tasmanian experience. We hope it will serve as a useful resource for your experiences.

Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meal ashore in Devonport
  • 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
  • meals ashore after departure
  • 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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