15th October 2022 to 29th October 2022

Sydney to Norfolk Island via Lord Howe Island

£4535 per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12wks before embarkation
Cross the formidable Tasman Sea to Norfolk Island

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Pay a 50% deposit per item
Suited to
Singles, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Intermediate. Some sailing experience required
Nights onboard
14
Vessel type
Steel-hulled Ketch
Vessel length
70ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single Bunk

A expedition for a true seafaring adventurer

13 nights: 15 - 29 October 2022

Price: £4,535 per person

It is an expedition worthy of an explorer from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to Balls Pyramid, Lord Howe Island, Elizabeth Reef, Middleton Reef and finally Norfolk Island. From Sydney, we will head 420nm ENE to Balls Pyramid which stretches almost 500m out of the ocean, before putting on a course for Lord Howe Island, where we will anchor in the lagoon for 2 nights on the western side and enjoy everything this stunning island has to offer, including swimming, cycling, hiking, and relaxing.

You can fly directly into Sydney on or before October 15th, 2022. You’re welcome to stay onboard from the day you arrive in Sydney, but if you plan to arrive before the 15th of October 2022, you might need to arrange accommodation ashore. On the 15 th you’ll join us for a crew dinner ashore.

After assembling on the 16th, we’ll walk you through the yacht, systems, and safety gear we are planning to leave (subject to weather) on the 17th of October, when we will depart Sydney and sail ENE towards Balls Pyramid, then onto Lord Howe for a two day stopover.

After we leave Lord Howe Island, we’ll sail 100nm north to Elizabeth Reef. At low tide, you can see this 6nm long reef rising up from the Tasman Sea floor. When we anchor inside the platform reef, we’ll time it for low tide so we can go ashore before high tide covers it up again. Imagine standing along a reef 300nm off the east coast of Australia, with nothing but the Tasman Sea in front of you! We’ll depart Elizabeth Reef and head 30nm north for Middleton Reef, one of the world’s two southernmost platform reefs. Over 70 ships have been sunk in the past 100 years, some of which are still visible.

Lastly, we head to Norfolk Island. We’ll anchor, go ashore and take a tour of the island and learn about the rich history dating back to the early convicts.

It’s going to be awesome seeing shipwrecks on the Middleton Reef, turquoise blue lagoons, amazing sea life, and the steep Jurassic-like cliff faces of Lord Howe Island.

With no land between Australia/New Zealand and Antarctica, 1,000 nm to the south, the ocean swell has nowhere to go but up for more than 2,500 nm until it hits the shores of the Pacific Islands. The Tasman Sea’s rapidly changing weather system is one reason why more people have climbed Mount Everest than sailed across it.

In case you want to stay a few more days on Norfolk Island, you can arrange accommodation ashore. You can stay onboard for the first two nights when we arrive in Norfolk Island and depart from Norfolk Island Airport on or after October 30th, 2022

Twelve times (two solo) our skippers have sailed across the Tasman Sea, so they know the key is to wait for the right weather window, learn how to download live weather en-route, and sail a vessel that’s easy to manage for wind and swell conditions. Although it’s known for extreme conditions, the Tasman Sea is easy to cross safely if you stay clear of the winter storm season (late May to early August). An absolute bucket-list trip and a profoundly satisfying personal achievement.

Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, crew meals ashore in Sydney, Lord Howe Island and at Norfolk Island on arrival, accommodation onboard, your Ocean Sailing Expeditions 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.

Your crew package excludes; accommodation ashore, flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports, alcohol, toiletries, clothing and wet weather gear. You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent at least 1 month prior.

Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules.

S/Y Salt Lines

Salt Lines is a 70ft, steel-hulled, 30-ton, ketch-rigged sailing vessel. Built to Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) unlimited survey requirements, she was the second of the Laurent Giles Shipwright 70 class built on Tyneside by AMARC (TES) Ltd in 1990 for the Ocean Youth Trust (OYT). She was launched and named the John Laing by Lady Laing in Poole, UK.

Over her many years of service, she has sailed under multiple names including, “John Laing”, “Yacht Discovery” and most recently “eXXpedition”. Although the name may have changed, what has always been common is every owner has used Salt Lines for true adventure sailing. From sailing around the world, collecting plastic samples with Emily Penn, to exploring Antarctica with the British Army, Salt Lines has done it all.

Sydney, Australia

Norfolk Island

You can fly directly into Sydney on or before October 15th, 2022. You’re welcome to stay onboard from the day you arrive in Sydney, but if you plan to arrive before the 15th of October 2022, you might need to arrange accommodation ashore. On the 15 th you’ll join us for a crew dinner ashore.

After assembling on the 16th, we’ll walk you through the yacht, systems, and safety gear we are planning to leave (subject to weather) on the 17th of October, when we will depart Sydney and sail ENE towards Balls Pyramid, then onto Lord Howe for a two day stopover.

After we leave Lord Howe Island, we’ll sail 100nm north to Elizabeth Reef. At low tide, you can see this 6nm long reef rising up from the Tasman Sea floor. When we anchor inside the platform reef, we’ll time it for low tide so we can go ashore before high tide covers it up again. Imagine standing along a reef 300nm off the east coast of Australia, with nothing but the Tasman Sea in front of you! We’ll depart Elizabeth Reef and head 30nm north for Middleton Reef, one of the world’s two southernmost platform reefs. Over 70 ships have been sunk in the past 100 years, some of which are still visible.

Lastly, we head to Norfolk Island. We’ll anchor, go ashore and take a tour of the island and learn about the rich history dating back to the early convicts.

It’s going to be awesome seeing shipwrecks on the Middleton Reef, turquoise blue lagoons, amazing sea life, and the steep Jurassic-like cliff faces of Lord Howe Island.

With no land between Australia/New Zealand and Antarctica, 1,000 nm to the south, the ocean swell has nowhere to go but up for more than 2,500 nm until it hits the shores of the Pacific Islands. The Tasman Sea’s rapidly changing weather system is one reason why more people have climbed Mount Everest than sailed across it.

In case you want to stay a few more days on Norfolk Island, you can arrange accommodation ashore. You can stay onboard for the first two nights when we arrive in Norfolk Island and depart from Norfolk Island Airport on or after October 30th, 2022

Twelve times (two solo) our skippers have sailed across the Tasman Sea, so they know the key is to wait for the right weather window, learn how to download live weather en-route, and sail a vessel that’s easy to manage for wind and swell conditions. Although it’s known for extreme conditions, the Tasman Sea is easy to cross safely if you stay clear of the winter storm season (late May to early August). An absolute bucket-list trip and a profoundly satisfying personal achievement.

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