Trans-Tasman crossing March 2019: Southport, Australia to Opua & Auckland, New Zealand
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’s amazing wife prepares all of the offshore meals and they are all
Ocean Gem is making good progress flying along at 7
Day 2 ⛵️
Ocean Gem is making great progress but there have been challenges. 🤔
“Day 2 and wind went NW and they were able to start reaching in 12 -15 knots. Tough night last night. 17-22 knots with spinnaker up in challenging seas, David had to helm all night as conditions and sea state proved difficult for the crew to steer. David finally went off watch at
Day 3 – day 4.
Latest news from David and the Ocean Gem crew by satphone messenger service.
“ Day 4 saw grey skies turn to steady drizzle and rain at times with lightning on the horizon. Reaching with full main and number 3 jib and we did overnight -1 hour on 3 hours off, watches from inside the cabin with
📫Trans Tasman crossing – Day 5 report via Satphone message. 📞
“Day 5 saw grey skies and occasional rain with reaching conditions in 8 -18 knots. Overnight helming was difficult with no stars, moon or horizon. It was completely blacked out by the low cloud base. Going into day 6 the sun is out, with blue skies and we are trucking along doing 8 knots and starting to go
⛵️CLOSING IN ON NZ… latest report from David and the crew…”
Day 6 blue skies and back to upwind sailing in 12-15 knots. The northerly current is really strong again and hitting us beam on at 3-4 knots pushing us 20-30 degrees below our heading. It’s been 2-2.5
Ocean Gem made it! Just passing North Cape with Cape Reinga in the background after a 7 day Tasman crossing.
We completed our 1,300nm sail from Southport, Australia to Opua, New Zealand in 7.5 days. We had the cool experience of 7 days on a port tack, reach or run as the wind fluctuated from E to N to NW most of the passage às we sailed ESE across the Tasman Sea and never experienced more than 22 knots with 8-15 the norm. Even a fair weather passage has its challenges and we experienced failure of a bow fitting that holds down the
We then arrived at the Quarantine Dock at
Customs were extremely helpful and even cleared in our 2 crew members by SMS from the hospital room today. By 1pm today we had our steering cable replaced courtesy of Paul Smith from NZ Yacht Services who helped us out on a Saturday when others said no. Our crew member was also discharged from hospital and we departed by 4pm for a night sail to the City of Sails – Auckland.
“Our Trans Tasman crossing from Southport to Auckland was one of my most enjoyable passages so far. It’s always the people that make a race, regatta or ocean passage special and this group of 4 that joined me on the