Sydney to Auckland Race / 1,250nm / 26 Jan – 10 Feb 2021 / 15 Days / Cat 1 Ocean Race / FULL, waitlist only
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) are excited to announce their partnership for the 1,250nm Sydney 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.
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.
Having sailed across the Tasman Sea (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 the 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 of January 2021, its hard to describe and will probably only be second to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in pre-start excitement . With
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You can fly directly into Sydney Airport on Thursday 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 11:30 am and head out into the start zone for an expected 1300 hours gun.
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 it’s likely to be a celebration you will never forget.
- all meals onboard, meals ashore, accommodation onboard,
- your Ocean Gem crew shirt,
- marina 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.
- accommodation ashore
- flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports
- clothing and wet weather gear.
Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in
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 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!
- Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: 25 Dec 2019 – 2 Jan 2020
- Brisbane Hamilton Island Yacht Race: 29 July – 5 Aug 2020
- Hamilton Island Race Week: 15 – 23 Aug 2020
- Sydney to Auckland Race: 26 Jan – 10 Feb 2021
Passages onboard Ocean Gem
- Southport to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef and Lord Howe Island Passage: 17 – 24 Nov 2019
- Lord Howe Island to Sydney Passage: 23 – 28 Nov 2019
- Tasmania Circumnavigation: 27 Jan – 10 Feb 2020
- Hobart to Picton Tasman Sea Passage: 8 – 22 Mar 2020
- Picton New Zealand to Southport Australia Passage: 12 – 26 April 2020
We hope to see you soon on board Ocean Gem
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