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  • Event date: 22/03/2023
  • Event end: 30/03/2023
  • When: JAN-MAR
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Picton to Opua, New Zealand / 570 Nm / 8 Days / CAT 1 Ocean Passage

The Category 1 – 570nm passage from Picton to Opua, New Zealand takes in a wide variety of coastlines, seascapes and weather conditions. Starting at the largest port in the Marlborough Sounds, we’ll sail out into the infamous Cook Strait, before heading NNW to round Cape Taranaki, into the Tasman Sea before heading north to New Zealand’s three northernmost capes of Cape Maria van Diemen, Cape Reinga and North Cape. We’ll then sail the final 80nm down the East Coast to Opua in the Bay of Islands.

The weather on the North Island’s West Coast is changeable and we are set to experience a variety of conditions and sea states. There are limited safe ports and harbours on the passage, so our timetable includes waiting for a weather window if any adverse weather is forecast. This passage is a great opportunity to build sea miles, confidence and experience prior to your first Category 1 offshore passage or an opportunity to sail a unique part of New Zealand’s coastline.

Picton to Opua offshore passage
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

2950 AUD $

Picton to Opua, New Zealand / 570 Nm / 22 – 30 Mar 2023

You can fly directly into Blenheim (via Christchurch or Wellington) on or before the 22nd of March 2023. When you arrive we’ll 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 23rd of March and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) after midday the same day. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 22nd of March, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore.  Our plan is to sail into Opua by the 29th of March and you can plan to depart out of Keri Keri Airport, 30 minutes by car from Opua on or after 30th March 2023.

Here is 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.

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meals ashore in Picton and Opua
  • 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
  • meals ashore in arrival port
  • 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 the trip: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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Program

Picton to Opua, New Zealand / 570 Nm / 22 – 30 Mar 2023

You can fly directly into Blenheim (via Christchurch or Wellington) on or before the 22nd of March 2023. When you arrive we’ll 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 23rd of March and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) after midday the same day. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 22nd of March, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore.  Our plan is to sail into Opua by the 29th of March and you can plan to depart out of Keri Keri Airport, 30 minutes by car from Opua on or after 30th March 2023.

Tips

Here is 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.

Inclusions

Your crew package includes:

  • all meals onboard
  • meals ashore in Picton and Opua
  • 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
  • meals ashore in arrival port
  • 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 the trip: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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