Sydney to Hobart Race SPECIAL

 SOLD OUT for 2021
Suitable for 12 to 80 year olds.  Available December 28-30 each year.

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. 

PRICES (all catering included, no more to pay):​

Double Bed Cabin with ensuite for1-2 passengers - $4200 (two cabins available per yacht)
Double Bunk Cabin for 1-2 passengers - $3600 (one cabin per yacht)

Minimum of 4 passengers 
Maximum of 6 passengers

$11,700 for up to 6 passengers

Available with no expiry date


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). Full refunds will be provided at any time if you are unable to come on the trip due to COVID 19 regulations.

  • "THANX Mark and Luke!! Had the BEST DAY of our lives ever. And now even more convinced that sailing is something we need to take up, if not just for the pleasure of being on the ocean working with such beautiful beasts these boats are! Already spreading the word and will continue upon our return to the UK :D Simply Amazing."
    – Jenny H, Birmingham, UK
  • “I really had the time of my life on the Helsal IV. This is something you have to do in your lifetime. If you are in Hobart don’t miss this amazing experience.”
    – John Y, Hampshire, UK
  • "Relaxing in timeless Port Davey with Mark, Marcia and Luke was a worldclass experience not to be missed. Cruising calm, sunny waters of untouched beauty in superyacht style and comfort with an expert guide. Attentive crew combining safe sailing with friendly fun and fabulous food. Chance of a lifetime - grab it if you can."
    – Bob F, London, UK
  • "Lazily sailing around in a very handsome yacht, friendly, knowledgable and baby friendly crew, delicious assortment of food and drinks throughout the day, we had a wonderful day with all the elements working together perfectly."
    – Siegrists, Melbourne, Australia
  • "Thanks for such a great day out on the Derwent! What better way to spend a 39 degree summer afternoon than onboard such a beautiful vessel. Everything was perfect!"
    – Reny R, Hobart, Tasmania
  • "Where to begin!  In a nutshell the whole thing was great!  Beautiful food. Friendly, skilled crew. Comfortable beds.  What a treat. ... Mark and his partner Marcia were the consummate hosts.  The whole journey was a pleasure.  Many thanks M&M."
    – Pip C, Kingscliff, Australia
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