25th February 2023 to 11th March 2023

New Zealand North Island Circumnavigation

£4535 per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12wks before embarkation
Sail around New Zealand's North Island, just like Capt Cook did in 1769!

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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

Follow in the wake of Captain Cook and sail 1,245NM around New Zealand's North Island

14 nights: 25 February - 11 March 2023

Price: £4,535 per person

Captain Cook North Island Circumnavigation is a 1,245nm circumnavigation of New Zealand's North Island and one of our most extreme challenges. Experience one of the world's most thrilling and spectacular ocean passages on this once in a lifetime opportunity to retrace Captain James Cook's wake on his voyage to North Island.

The trip will require a great deal of preparation, considerable perseverance and depending on the weather conditions we encounter en route. The recommended route and anchorages are based on careful research, expert meteorological advice, and leveraging detailed local sailing knowledge. Along the way, we will visit a few spectacular anchorages and take in the dramatic scenery and the quiet serenity.

On or before February 25th, 2023, you can fly directly into Blenheim. Upon your arrival, we’ll show you around the yacht and show you the safety equipment and systems, and we’ll invite you to a crew dinner ashore. Crews will gather at the Picton Marina on the 26th, and we’ll leave (weather permitting) on the 26th. We’ll leave Picton Marina, sail out of Marlborough Sounds, and head NW for Wellington. We may stop in Wellington before turning NE for Napier on North Island’s south coast. If you plan to arrive before the 25th of February, you’ll have to arrange accommodation ashore.

Basically, we’re going to circumnavigate the North Island, stopping at a few scenic spots along the way, while managing the weather to stay comfortable and safe. This could involve waiting for bad weather to pass while anchored or moored in a sheltered bay, behind an island, in a harbour or anchorage.

North Island has some of New Zealand’s best maritime scenery. As we depart Picton, we cross the Cook Strait to Wellington, then turn east to sail up the east coast to explore a few places we might anchor en-route to Cape Reinga, like Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Coromandel, Kawau Island, Great Mercury Island, Great Barrier Island, Tutukaka, Bay of Islands, and Whangaroa Harbour.

The only safe anchorage on the more rugged west coast is New Plymouth. Taking the Tory Channel at the eastern entrance to the Marlborough Sounds, we’ll sail from New Plymouth to Picton on the last leg. On the 10th of March 2023, we’ll head back into Picton Marina. You can stay onboard when we land in Picton depart out of Blenheim airport for connecting flights from Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland airport’s starting March 11th.

Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, crew meals ashore in Picton and various stopover ports, 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 are also included along with suncream.

Your crew package excludes; accommodation ashore, meals ashore after departure, 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 incase 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.

Blenheim, New Zealand

Blenheim, New Zealand

On or before February 25th, 2023, you can fly directly into Blenheim. Upon your arrival, we’ll show you around the yacht and show you the safety equipment and systems, and we’ll invite you to a crew dinner ashore. Crews will gather at the Picton Marina on the 26th, and we’ll leave (weather permitting) on the 26th. We’ll leave Picton Marina, sail out of Marlborough Sounds, and head NW for Wellington. We may stop in Wellington before turning NE for Napier on North Island’s south coast. If you plan to arrive before the 25th of February, you’ll have to arrange accommodation ashore.

Basically, we’re going to circumnavigate the North Island, stopping at a few scenic spots along the way, while managing the weather to stay comfortable and safe. This could involve waiting for bad weather to pass while anchored or moored in a sheltered bay, behind an island, in a harbour or anchorage.

North Island has some of New Zealand’s best maritime scenery. As we depart Picton, we cross the Cook Strait to Wellington, then turn east to sail up the east coast to explore a few places we might anchor en-route to Cape Reinga, like Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Coromandel, Kawau Island, Great Mercury Island, Great Barrier Island, Tutukaka, Bay of Islands, and Whangaroa Harbour.

The only safe anchorage on the more rugged west coast is New Plymouth. Taking the Tory Channel at the eastern entrance to the Marlborough Sounds, we’ll sail from New Plymouth to Picton on the last leg. On the 10th of March 2023, we’ll head back into Picton Marina. You can stay onboard when we land in Picton depart out of Blenheim airport for connecting flights from Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland airport’s starting March 11th.

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