Southport to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef and Lord Howe Island / 450nm / 17 – 24 Nov 2019
6 DAYS / 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. Ocean Gem departs Southport and head 310nm ESE into the Tasman Sea to the notorious Middleton Reef, one of the southernmost platform reefs in the world. This 6nm long reef rises up off the 3,000 metre deep Tasman Seafloor and is visible at low tide. Its claimed more than 70 vessels in the past 100 years with some wrecks still visible. Next, they’ll head 30nm south to Elizabeth Reef before sailing the final 100nm to Lord Howe Island, they will anchor overnight on the eastern side. This passage will have some unique sights including seeing shipwrecks visible on top of the Middleton Reef, amazing sea life and the steep Jurassic like cliff faces of Lord Howe Island.
Offshore passage itinery 2019
You can fly into either Brisbane or Gold Coast Airport on Sunday 17th November in time to join us for a crew dinner ashore. On the morning of Monday 18th November, we will depart Southport early and head ESE to Middleton Reef. Depending on wind direction it should be less than 2 days to Middleton Reef and we will time our arrival for daylight. We’ll sail around the eastern side of the reef before heading south to Elizabeth Reef, before continuing on to Lord Howe Island, where we should arrive by 22 nd November and we will arrange permission to go ashore for an afternoon tour. You should plan to fly out of Lord Howe Island on or after the 24th of November unless of course, you want to join us for the next 400nm leg to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney.
Your crew package includes:
- all meals onboard
- meals ashore
- accommodation onboard
- your Ocean Gem crew shirt
- 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 is also included along with suncream.
Your crew package excludes:
- accommodation ashore
- flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports and visas
- clothing and wet weather gear
Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case 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.
Offshore passage onboard Ocean Gem
Ocean Gem is a 45-foot yacht for the ocean sailing adventure of a lifetime. Whether its a 600nm ocean passage down Australia’s East Coast, a 200 yacht regatta around the Whitsunday Islands, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, a Tasman Sea crossing or circumnavigating Tasmania, why not join Ocean Gem as a paying crew member in one of the limited spots available for each adventure. Find out more about offshore sailing onboard Ocean Gem. Check out the crew testimonials to see what others have to say about their adventures onboard Ocean Gem. Come ocean sailing!
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