December 28 - 30, 2020
We are offering a unique opportunity for adventure lovers to watch the yachts in the Sydney to Hobart race round the corner on the final leg of this epic race. We do a three-day trip, leaving on the 28th of December and returning on the 30th of December. We will be sailing to the Tasman Peninsula, home to Port Arthur, the Three Capes and iconic Tasman Island. We will pass Cape Pillar (the tallest sea cliffs in Australia), Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff, and sail the race route home across Storm Bay and up the Derwent River to the finish line in Sulivan's Cove.
The Peninsula is the southeast corner of Tasmania and Tasman Island is the point where the Sydney Hobart yachts turn west, heading to Storm Bay and the mouth of the River Derwent. We will be aboard Helsal IV, a yacht that has herself competed in three Sydney Hobart races. We aim to meet the leading yachts on day one and spend the night at anchor, usually at Port Arthur. On the morning of day two we will head for Tasman Island to view the large fur seal colony and follow yachts as they round the island for the leg across Storm Bay. We aim to travel to Fortescue Bay to anchor the night and travel back to Hobart on day three in company with more Sydney to Hobart yachts. Jimmy Emms, our photographer, will be aboard and you are invited to pick his brains and get the best shots possible. You will also get access to his shots from the trip (all the shots on this page are his from previous trips).
This is a unique opportunity to experience Tasmania’s stunning wild coastline and witness some of the world's best ocean racing yachts competing in one of the truly great open-ocean races in the world.
What a great Christmas present! Join us for this exciting experience and feel the thrill of life on the open sea in a luxury ocean racer/cruiser. You can participate in sailing the 62-foot maxi and Sydney to Hobart race veteran. Take the helm, work the winches or learn about navigation; the experienced crew love to show you the ropes. All food and refreshments are included and a selection of fine Tasmanian wines and beer is included with meals.
$1650 per person.
Available with no expiry date. Just ignore the sailing date when booking and the lucky recipient can book in when it suits them.
Note - We need a minimum of 4 passengers or equivalent cost ($6600) to make a trip viable. We can start planning with just one though.
PRIVATE CHARTER available on request.
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Cancellation policy - If we cancel for whatever reason, we provide a full refund. If you cancel for whatever reason more than 48 days prior to sailing, we provide a full refund. If you cancel less than 48 days and more than 30 days prior to sailing, we retain a 20% deposit. If you cancel less than 30 days and more than 7 days prior to sailing we retain 50% of the total cost. If you cancel less than 7 days prior to sailing the full amount will be due (we will consider the circumstances of course).