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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 from just a 20% deposit.


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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 / Sold out

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 2018 / 6 days/ cat 1 offshore passage/ sold out

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 / SOLD OUT

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.

 
Southport to Picton 2019

Trans-Tasman:Southport, Australia to OPUA & Auckland, New Zealand / 1,270nm / 6 Mar - 20 Mar 2019 / 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.

 
Trans Tasman Sea Norfolk Island

Trans-Tasman:Auckland, New Zealand to Norfolk Island to Southport, Australia 1,370nm / 1 - 15 Apr 2019 / 14 DAYS / CAT 1 OCEAN PASSAGE / 2 CREW POSITIONS 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. The Tasman Sea has nothing but open ocean from the bottom of Australia/New Zealand to Antartica; 1,000nm to the south and 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. Its a fantastic experience.

 
Brisbane to Keppel Race 2019

Brisbane to Hamilton Island Race / 600nm / 1 Aug - 8 Aug 2019 / 7 days / cat 2 Ocean race / 2 crew positions available

This is the first ever edition of the Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race and the new signature offshore yachting event for the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS). The 600 nautical mile race will start on Friday 2nd August 2019 at 1100 just east of Green Island on Brisbane’s beautiful Moreton Bay..

 
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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.

 
Middle Island at The Percy Isles

Hamilton Island to Southport / 600nm / 25 - 30 Aug 2019/ 6 DAYS / CAT 2 OFFSHORE PASSAGE / 4 CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Take a stunning 600nm+ ocean passage from Hamilton Island south, down Queensland's East Coast through the sparkling Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef to Southport on the Gold Coast. We'll overnight at one of the islands or a coastal marina and then assess the weather conditions to decide whether we sail down the eastern or western side of the world's largest sand island; Fraser Island', along with Moreton Island and the Stradbroke Islands.

 
 Lord Howe Island rises grandly out of the ocean

Southport to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef and Lord Howe Island / 450nm / 1 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 - 13 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 / 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 / 23 Jan - 5 Feb 2020 / 13 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...

 
Picton to Southport Trans Tasman

Trans-Tasman: Picton, New Zealand to Southport, Australia to 1,270nm / 7-21 Mar 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...

 

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