Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand 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, Superyachts, ocean racing multihulls, as well as incorporating a rally for cruisers.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) are excited to announce their partnership for the 1,250nm Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race 2021. “A race between these two sailing meccas is incredibly exciting, the historic rivalry between us will only add to draw sailors from both sides of the Tasman Sea as well as internationally to compete” enthuses RPAYC Commodore Michael Lockley.
Having sailed across the Tasman Sea five times, (twice solo) I know from personal experience that this race will be one of the toughest and uniquest ocean races on the world offshore calendar in 2021. With nothing but open ocean from the bottom of Australia and New Zealand to Antartica; 1,000nm to the south, the ocean swell can build rapidly 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.
With a large fleet of yachts expected, ranging from 36 to 100 foot in length and the electric pre-race village atmosphere at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, followed by the excitement of the build-up to the start on Sydney Harbour on the 30th January 2021, its hard to describe and will probably only be second to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in pre-start excitement . With spectator vessels, helicopters overhead and people lining the Sydney waterfront and cliff tops, the race start will be spectacular. We'll assemble in Sydney on the 26th January, giving us 3 days of crew preparation, training drills and final checks. It promises to be a unique experience from the moment you land in Sydney to the time you sail into Auckland, the city of sails and home of the Americas Cup.
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You can fly directly into Sydney Airport on Tuesday 26th January. Our crew will officially assemble that evening and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. On Wednesday 27th we'll meet for breakfast early and start our process of running through checks, training drills, allocating crew roles and completing final preparations. We'll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment. On race day we’ll get ready for departure from the dock around 11:30am and head out into the start zone for an expected 1300 hours gun.
Its an 8-11 sail to Auckland depending on weather conditions and wind direction and arrival is expected on the 7th-9th February. You are welcome to stay onboard on arrival into Auckland but its recommended due to limited space that you arrange accomodation ashore especially if staying on in Auckland for any length of time.
When we arrive in Auckland at the RNZYS, we'll tie up at the marina, clear customs and the head to the RNZYS to join the post race festivities. You should plan to fly out of Auckland after midday on the 11th of February. It’s expected most of our crew plan to stay on and enjoy a few days in Auckland at the end of the race, as its likely to be a celebration you will never forget.
Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, meals ashore in Sydney before departure, accommodation onboard, your Ocean Gem crew shirt, an Ocean Gem crew jacket, marina fees, race entry 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.
Your crew package excludes; accommodation ashore, flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports, alcohol, meals ashore in Auckland, 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. You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent Category 1 Course at least 2 months prior to race start. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore either side of trip: AirBNB, Booking.com, Wotif & HomeAway.