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Picton, New Zealand to Southport, Australia to 1,270nm / 12 - 26 Apr 2020

14 days / cat 1 ocean passage / 2 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

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.

I have crossed the Tasman Sea five 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. It’s an absolute bucket-list voyage and a hugely satisfying personal achievement. We'll depart Picton and spend the first 12-16 hours getting clear of the South Island Coast, before setting a NW course toward 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. 

Secure your place on the crew with a 20% deposit.


13 days

The 1,320nm route from Picton to Southport across the infamous Tasman Sea.

The 1,320nm route from Picton to Southport across the infamous Tasman Sea.


Heres 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.


You can fly directly into Blenheim on or before the 12th 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 12th onwards and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 13th April 2020, when we will leave the Waikawa Bay Yacht Club, clear Customs and then depart for Australia. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive but if you plan to arrive prior to 12th 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 Crossing


Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, meals ashore in Picton and in Southport, 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


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.

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