Offshore Sailing Calendar

The Ocean Gem sailing calendar for 2018-2020 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, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in 2019 and unique ocean adventure passages to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef, Lord Howe Island, a circumnavigation of Tasmania and some Trans-Tasman crossings. Secure your place on the crew for a once in a lifetime adventure with a 20% deposit.


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Hamilton island race week / 18 Aug - 26 Aug 2018 9 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 / cat 2 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. 

 
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Southport to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef and Lord Howe Island / 450nm / 2 Dec - 8 Dec 2018 / 6 DAYS / cat 1 OFFSHORE PASSAGE / 1 CREW POSITION 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.

 
Pittwater New South Wales

Lord Howe Island to Ball's Pyramid to Pittwater / 400nm / 8 Dec - 14 Dec 2019 / 6 days/ cat 1 offshore passage/ 1 CREW POSITION AVAILABLE

The ocean passage from Lord Howe Island to Pittwater is a true offshore passage. We depart Lord Howe Island and head 400nm SW to Pittwater from a distance 300nm East of the East Coast of Australia, well out into the Tasman Sea. Visiting Lord Howe Island prior to departure provides a unique opportunity to check out the island, meet the locals and take in some of the sights of life on an island less than 7nm in length.

 
Pittwater to Southport Race 2019

Pittwater to Southport Race / 370nm / 1 Jan - 6 Jan 2019 / 6 DAYS / CAT 2 OCEAN RACE / 2 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

The Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race is the signature offshore summer yachting event for the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC). The NSW coastal fringe is a dramatic ever-changing landscape of beaches, cliffs, towns, safe harbours and islands. Each January the 370 nautical mile Australian Sailing Category 2 ocean race – the Pittwater to Southport Race - takes the fleet north along the NSW coast to the easternmost tip of Australia at Cape Byron before the final leg along Queensland’s golden beaches to the finish line off Main Beach at Southport on the Gold Coast. With a fleet of more than 30 yachts, this promises to be another challenging edition of the race.

 
Brisbane to Keppel Race 2019

Brisbane to Keppel Race / 340nm / 1 Aug - 7 Aug 2019 / 6 days / cat 2 Ocean race / 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 2nd August at 1100 hours 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 / 16 Aug - 25 Aug 2019 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.

 
 Lord Howe Island rises grandly out of the ocean

Southport to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef and Lord Howe Island / 450nm / 2 Dec - 7 Dec 2019 / 6 DAYS / cat 1 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.

 
CYCA Sydney

Lord Howe Island to Ball's Pyramid to Sydney / 420nm / 7 Dec - 12 Dec 2019 / 6 days/ cat 1 offshore passage/ 2 CREW POSITIONs AVAILABLE

The ocean passage from Lord Howe Island to Sydney is a true offshore passage. We depart Lord Howe Island and head 420nm SW to Sydney from a distance 300nm East of the East Coast of Australia, well out into the Tasman Sea. Visiting Lord Howe Island prior to departure provides a unique opportunity to check out the island, meet the locals and take in some of the sights of life on an island less than 7nm in length.

 
Tasman Light, Tasmania

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race / 630nm / 25 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020 / cat 1 Ocean race / 1 crew position available

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is one of the toughest and most respected ocean races in the world. Its the only major race that starts in a harbour, takes in an passage and finishes in a river. This will be the 75th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, with a fleet in excess of 150 yachts expected, ranging from 36 to 100 foot in length. The electric pre-race village atmosphere at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) followed by the excitement of the build-up to the start on Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day is hard to describe.

 
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Tasmania Circumnavigation / 800nm / 7 Jan - 21 Jan 2020 / 14 DAYS / CAT 1 OCEAN PASSAGE / 4 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

The Tasmania Circumnavigation is a Cat 1, 800nm circumnavigation of Australia’s southern island state of Tasmania and one of the most extreme challenges we undertake. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to undertake one of the world’s more adventurous and spectacular passage experiences. It is not for the fainthearted and there is no guarantee of completion. It will depend on extensive preparation and considerable perseverance and the weather conditions we are dealt en-passage. 

 

Payment options: 

  • Option 1: 50% deposit payable following the approval of your booking. Balance of 50% is payable 60 days before departure.
  • Option 2: 20% deposit payable following the approval of your booking. Balance payable in equal weekly automatic payments.

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%.