Offshore Sailing Calendar

The Ocean Gem sailing calendar for 2018/2019 is a combination of racing regattas and ocean passages up and down the East Coast of Australia with the highlights including Hamilton Island Race Week in 2018 & 2019 and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race at the end of 2019.

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Brisbane to Keppel Race / 340nm / 2 Aug - 7 Aug 2018 / 6 days / offshore racing / 2 crew positions available

The Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race is the signature offshore yachting event for the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. The 343 nautical mile race will start on Friday 3 August 2017 at 1100 just east of Green Island on Brisbane’s beautiful Moreton Bay. The yachts will head north along the shorelines of the world famous Fraser Island before crossing the Tropic of Capricorn bound for Keppel Bay Marina.

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Hamilton island race week / 17 Aug - 26 Aug 2018 / 10 days / race regatta / 1 crew position available

Hamilton Island Race Week is the ultimate combination of spectacular island racing and fun ashore. Set in the Whitsunday Islands, race week spans 7 days with a fun filled lay day in the middle. With more than 200 yachts racing in sparking blue waters, filled with whales, turtles and dolphins, its is my favourite annual regatta. Join our racing crew for a week of exhilarating racing, great team spirit, and exceptional social events. From trailer sailers to 100 foot super maxis, Hamilton Island Race Week is Australia's premier regatta.

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Hamilton island to southport / 600nm / 26 Aug - 1 Sep 2018 / 7 days / offshore passage / 2 crew positions available

Join us for a 600nm ocean passage from Hamilton Island to Southport on Australia's Gold Coast. The first half of this delivery trip is inside the Great Barrier Reef littered with tropical islands, with the balance of the trip south either inside/outside of Fraser Island, Moreton Island and the Stradbroke Islands depending on weather conditions and sea state.  

QLD Beneteau and French Cups

Queensland Beneteau Cup / 100nm / 1 Nov - 5 Nov 2018 / Southport to Moreton Bay to Southport / 5 days / 2 day regatta / 1 crew position available

Compete in an exciting 2 day regatta on Moreton Bay for the annual Queensland French and Beneteau Cups. Competing for the 5th year in a row and a force to be reckoned with after taking out line honours and/or handicap honours in 2 of the last 3 years, this exciting 2 day regatta is one of our favourites. 

Southport to Pittwater Ocean Sailing

Southport to Pittwater / 400nm / 16 - 20 Dec 2018  / 5 days / offshore passage / 2 crew positions available

The ocean passage from Southport to Pittwater takes us 30nm - 80nm  out into the Tasman Sea as we aim to catch the southerly current that flows at 3.5 knots at its peak on our trip south to the stunning anchorage of Pittwater, 15nm north of Sydney. This offshore passage runs down the New South Wales coast past the most easterly point of Australia and can throw any sort of weather our way.

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Southport to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef and Lord Howe Island / 450nm / 2 Dec - 7 Dec 2019 / 6 DAYS / OFFSHORE PASSAGE / 2 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

The ocean passage from Southport to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef and the Lord Howe Island is a true adventurers passage. We depart Southport and head 310nm ESE into the Tasman Sea to the notorious Middleton Reef then south to Elizabeth Reef before sailing the final 100nm to Lord Howe Island.


Multi-booking discounts available: Book 2 or more people on the same adventure and save 20%. Book yourself into 2 or more adventures and save 20%.