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Auckland, New Zealand to Norfolk Island to Southport, Australia 1,370nm / 1 - 15 Apr 2019

14 days / cat 1 ocean passage / 1 CREW POSITION AVAILABLE

The passage across the Tasman Sea via Norfolk Island adds an extra stop to the Trans-Tasman crossing and the chance to visit a unique Pacific Island. 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 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.

I have crossed the Tasman Sea three times (two solo) on Ocean Gem, the keys to success include waiting for the weather window, downloading live weather en-route and sailing a vessel thats easy to mode for all wind and swell conditions. Despite its reputation for extreme conditions, the Tasman Sea is easy to cross safely if you stay clear of the winter storm season (late May to August) and wait for a safe weather window. Its an absolute bucket-list voyage and a hugely satisfying personal achievement. We'll depart Auckland and spend the first 24-36 hours sailing north to clear of the top of the North Island of New Zealand, before setting a course toward Norfolk Island, 400nm NW from top of New Zealand. Weather permitting we will clear customs and go ashore at Norfolk Island for a brief island tour, before continuing to Southport on Queensland's Gold Coast. The sea life, milky way, phosphorescence and  tranquility of  crossing an ocean and seeing no other vessels for the bulk of the voyage, really make this a special sailing experience.

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14 days

The 1,370nm route from to Auckland to Southport via Norfolk Island across the infamous Tasman Sea.

The 1,370nm route from to Auckland to Southport via Norfolk Island across the infamous Tasman Sea.


Best time sailing across the Tasman Sea
Whales crossing the Tasman Sea


  • 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.

  • 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.

Trans Tasman Best time to cross
Best time to cross the tasman sea


You can fly directly into Auckland on or before the 1st of April. 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 2nd onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 3rd April 2019, when we will clear Customs and then depart Auckland and sail up the east coast of New Zealand passing the northernmost tip; Cape Reinga, before heading for Norfolk Island where we stop briefly before continuing to Southport, Australia. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to 1st of April, you will need to arrange accommodation ashore. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Southport and depart out of either Coolangatta (Gold Coast) or Brisbane airports.

Trans Tasman Passage


Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, meals ashore in Southport and in Auckland, accommodation onboard, your Ocean Gem crew shirt, an Ocean Gem crew jacket, marina fees, the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether. Your bedding, a pillow and towel are also included along with suncream.


Tasman Sea passage from Auckland to Southport


Your crew package excludes; accommodation ashore, flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports, alcohol, toiletries, clothing and wet weather gear. Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility incase of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore either side of trip: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

Tasman Sea Spinnaker Sailing
Ocean Gem Tasman Sea crossing best time

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