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. The route and recommended anchorages are based on careful research, professional meteorological advice and leveraging detailed local sailing knowledge.
You can fly directly into Hobart Airport on or before midday on Tuesday 7th January and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. We'll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and get you ready for departure. On Wednesday 8th we'll meet for breakfast early and then run through final checks and preparations and depart from the dock around 10am.
The Tasmanian coastline includes some of the most extreme maritime scenery in Australia. The voyage starts with a visit to the nineteenth century convict settlement of Port Arthur and unforgettable views of the towering dolerite cliffs of Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Tasman Island. Then it is north along the East coast to Maria Island, the stunning Schouten Passage and Wineglass Bay with bright white beaches and pink granite mountains rising steeply out of the sea. We then head through Banks Strait on the north-east corner of Tasmania to the Tamar River with its many vineyards and picturesque anchorages. We’ll stop at places along the North West Coast such as the city of Devonport on the Mersey River, and the fishing village of Stanley nestling under The Nut.
As we sail around the north-west Tasmanian corner, we’ll aim to stop at Three Hummock Island or Hunter Island to await a suitable weather window for the passage south along the West Coast, through Hell’s Gates into Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River with its extreme gorges and lush rainforest. After a mandatory stop at the west coast village of Strahan, it is south to Port Davey, one of Australian great cruising destinations with its sparkling white quartzite mountains and tea- coloured water. The final stage of the trip will be along the South Coast to the sheltered anchorage of D’Entrecasteaux Channel and home for and end-of-adventure dinner at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in Hobart.
Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, meals ashore in Hobart, 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, 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: AirBNB, Booking.com, Wotif & HomeAway.