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Offshore Sailing Calendar

The Ocean Gem sailing calendar 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 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 from just a 20% deposit.


Lord Howe Island rises grandly out of the ocean

Southport to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef and Lord Howe Island / 450nm / 17 - 24 Nov 2019 / 6 DAYS / cat 1 OFFSHORE PASSAGE / crew full waitlist only

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.

 
Balls Pyramid Sailing Passage

Lord Howe Island to Ball's Pyramid to Sydney / 420nm / 23 - 28 Nov 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 / crew full WAITLIST ONLy

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 / 27 Jan - 10 Feb 2020 / 14 DAYS / CAT 1 OCEAN PASSAGE / 2 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. 

 
Trans Tasman Sailing

Trans-Tasman: Hobart, Australia to Picton, New Zealand/ 1,270nm / 8 - 22 Mar 2020 / 13 DAYS / CAT 1 OCEAN PASSAGE / Crew full waitlist only

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...

 
Picton to Southport Trans Tasman

Trans-Tasman: 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...

 
Brisbane Noumea Race 2020

Brisbane to Noumea Race / 850nm / 27 May - 6 June 2020 10 DAYS / CAT 1 OCEAN RACE / 4 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

The 850nm Brisbane to Noumea Race is a fantastic ocean race that takes us from the start line in Moreton Bay, Brisbane Australia, to the finish in Noumea in the beautiful French New Caledonia, the doorstep to some of the remotest and most beautiful anchorages in the world.  This race is organised and conducted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron with the co-operation of Cercle Nautique Caledonien.

 
Groupama Race 2020

New Caledonia Groupama Race / 654nm / 19 - 28 Jun 2020 9 DAYS / CAT 1 OCEAN RACE / 6 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Open to monohulls and multihulls greater than 8.5m, the New Caledonia Groupama Race is described as the world’s longest windward/leeward race. It starts from Nouméa on June 14 and takes a counter clockwise course around New Caledonia, alongside reefs and inside the UNESCO World Heritage listed lagoon, with only one compulsory waypoint: “North of the Grand Passage which is North of the Belep Islands”.

 
Noumea to Fiji sailing passage

Noumea, New Caledonia to Vuda Point Fiji / 700nm / 28 Jun - 7 Jul 2020 / 9 DAYS / CAT 1 OCEAN PASSAGE / 3 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

The New Caledonia to Fiji passage is a tropical, sunny and warm Pacific Ocean sailing voyage that takes us 700nm from Noumea at the completion of the New Caledonia Groupama Race to the Vuda Marina, in Vuda Point Fiji.

 
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Vuda Point to Hamilton Island / 1,630nm / 28 Jul - 12 Aug 2020 / 15 DAYS / CAT 1 OCEAN PASSAGE / 4 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

The Vuda Point, Fiji to Hamilton Island, Australia passage will be an epic WSW 1,630nm journey across the sunny and warm Pacific Ocean and into the Coral Sea as we navigate our way past one hundred plus islands and reefs, and inside the biggest of them all; ‘the World Heritage - Great Barrier Reef’ off Australia’s Queensland Coast.

 
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Hamilton island race week / 15 Aug - 23 Aug 2020 9 days / race regatta / 2 CREW POSITIONS 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, it’s 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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Sydney to Auckland Race / 1,250nm / 26 Jan - 10 Feb 2021 / 15 DAYS / CAT 1 OCEAN RACE / 4 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

For the first time in decades we will see a fully crewed yacht race from Australia to New Zealand. The race will start on Sydney Harbour on 30 January 2021 and finish in Auckland Harbour in time to help the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron celebrate their 150th Anniversary and enjoy the 36th Americas Cup. This challenging Category 1 race is open to offshore cruising and racing yachts, super yachts, ocean racing multihulls, as well as incorporating a rally for cruisers.

 

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%.