22nd March 2023 to 30th March 2023

Picton to Opua

From £1765 per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12wks before embarkation
A fantastic offshore passage to build miles and experience some amazing scenery
Clear
Pay a 50% deposit per item
Suited to
Singles, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Intermediate. Some sailing experience required
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
Steel-hulled Ketch
Vessel length
70ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single Bunk

A 570nm dash up the NW Coast of New Zealand.

7 nights: 22 - 30 March 2023

Price: £1,765 per person

*Trips are priced in the operator's local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

There's a lot to see on this 570nm passage from Picton to Opua, New Zealand. Beginning at the largest port in the Marlborough Sounds, we'll set sail into the Cook Strait, then head northwest to round Cape Taranaki, into the Tasman Sea, and then head north to New Zealand's three northernmost capes of Cape Maria van Diemen, Cape Reinga, and North Cape. After that, we'll sail 80nm down the East Coast to Opua in the Bay of Islands.

The weather on the West Coast of the North Island is changeable and we're going to see a variety of sea conditions. There aren't many safe ports and harbors on the passage, so we'll wait for a weather window if bad weather forecast. It's a great way to build up sea miles, experience, and confidence before your first big offshore or ocean passage.

You can fly directly to Blenheim (via Christchurch or Wellington) on or before the 22nd of March 2023. Once you get there we’ll show you around the yacht and show you the safety equipment, and we’ll have a crew dinner ashore. We’re planning on leaving (weather permitting) afternoon on the 23rd. You can stay onboard when you arrive on the 22nd of March, but if you arrive before then, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. The plan is to get to Opua by March 29th, and you can fly out of Keri Keri Airport, 30 minutes away by car, by March 30th.

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.

Some of New Zealand’s most beautiful coastal scenery can be found in the North Island. Our departure from Picton begins with crossing the Cook Strait to Wellington, then sailing up the east coast for a while, stopping at places like Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Coromandel, Kawau Island, Great Mercury Island, Great Barrier Island, Tutukaka, Bay of Islands, and Whangaroa Harbour before heading to Cape Reinga.

On the more rugged west coast, New Plymouth is the only safe anchorage. We will sail from New Plymouth to Picton on the last leg of the trip via the Tory Channel at the eastern entrance to the Marlborough Sounds. We will return to Picton Marina on the 10th of March 2023. Starting March 11th, you will be able to stay onboard when we land in Picton and depart from Blenheim airport for connecting flights to Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland airports.

Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, crew meals ashore in Picton and Opua, 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, 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.

Picton, New Zealand

Opua, New Zealand

You can fly directly to Blenheim (via Christchurch or Wellington) on or before the 22nd of March 2023. Once you get there we’ll show you around the yacht and show you the safety equipment, and we’ll have a crew dinner ashore. We’re planning on leaving (weather permitting) afternoon on the 23rd. You can stay onboard when you arrive on the 22nd of March, but if you arrive before then, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. The plan is to get to Opua by March 29th, and you can fly out of Keri Keri Airport, 30 minutes away by car, by March 30th.

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.

Some of New Zealand’s most beautiful coastal scenery can be found in the North Island. Our departure from Picton begins with crossing the Cook Strait to Wellington, then sailing up the east coast for a while, stopping at places like Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Coromandel, Kawau Island, Great Mercury Island, Great Barrier Island, Tutukaka, Bay of Islands, and Whangaroa Harbour before heading to Cape Reinga.

On the more rugged west coast, New Plymouth is the only safe anchorage. We will sail from New Plymouth to Picton on the last leg of the trip via the Tory Channel at the eastern entrance to the Marlborough Sounds. We will return to Picton Marina on the 10th of March 2023. Starting March 11th, you will be able to stay onboard when we land in Picton and depart from Blenheim airport for connecting flights to Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland airports.

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