Ocean passage to Lord Howe Island

Be part of the crew on an ocean sailing passage to a stunning Pacific island destination. This is a superb training adventure and is ideal for sailors who want to experience the magic of blue-water cruising.

2 January
Tue 02 Jan 2024 - Fri 19 Jan 2024
3 weeks, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • $5,990.00 incl. GST
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29 January
Mon 29 Jan 2024 - Fri 16 Feb 2024
3 weeks, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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22 April
Mon 22 Apr 2024 - Fri 10 May 2024
3 weeks, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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6 January
Mon 06 Jan 2025 - Fri 24 Jan 2025
3 weeks, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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    3 February
    Mon 03 Feb 2025 - Fri 21 Feb 2025
    3 weeks, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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There is nothing quite like the feeling of adventure, freedom, and accomplishment when you sail across an ocean to a stunning and remote destination.

We run the passage to Lord Howe island three times a year.

Our January start date begins in Hobart, Tasmania cruises up the Tasmanian coast and out to Lord Howe Island before returning to finish at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney.

Our February and April courses usually make a coastal hop to Eden, followed by an ocean passage to Lord Howe Island and a direct return passage to Sydney to finish at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. 

Lord Howe Island

World Heritage-listed as an area of outstanding natural beauty in 1982, Lord Howe is an absolute jewel in the Pacific, with beautiful beaches and a magnificent coral lagoon.

The hiking, diving, and snorkeling are world-class.

Weather permitting, the crew will spend a few days relaxing and exploring this amazing island before we set sail for the passage back to Sydney.

The training

On the first-day crew members get together to plan the passage.

  • Preparation for sea
  • Safety equipment and procedures
  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • Offshore navigation
  • Preparing for heavy weather
  • Sail trim
  • Man overboard procedures
  • Watchkeeping/night passages
  • Skipper practice

Watch system

The crew members operate in a watch system, living on board and rotating the duties.

The yacht and the instructors 

Our Lord Howe Island adventures are run on our training vessel SV Arctos which was built for a Southern Ocean circumnavigation and is ideal for a passage like this. 

This is a training passage and will be run by two qualified and experienced RYA qualified instructors.

What's included

Accommodation with meals on the yacht, safety equipment, tuition, and publications.

Qualifications and experience 

  • Approx 1,500 sea miles logged
  • Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passage for qualified Yachtmasters operating in a position of responsibility.
  • Some great sailing!

Before you start

  • You are a confident yachtsman or woman who has taken part in at least the RYA Coastal Skipper course or you have equivalent offshore sailing experience.
  • We also recommend you complete an Offshore Safety and Sea Survival course before you go. 
  • Anyone who is keen to learn and get stuck in on board, with some like-minded people, is a perfect candidate for this Fabulous Flying Fish sailing adventure.

What next?

  • At the end of the course, your instructor will give you feedback on your sailing and skippering ability and make recommendations for your future training and experience.