Ocean passage to Lord Howe Island

Crew on an ocean sailing passage to a stunning Pacific island destination. This is a great training adventure and is perfect for sailors who want to experience the magic of blue water cruising.
5 January
Wed 05 Jan 2022 - Fri 21 Jan 2022
3 weeks, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Hobart, Tasmania
  • $3,990.00 incl. GST
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2 February
Wed 02 Feb 2022 - Fri 18 Feb 2022
3 weeks, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $3,990.00 incl. GST
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27 April
Wed 27 Apr 2022 - Fri 13 May 2022
3 weeks, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $3,990.00 incl. GST
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We run this passage 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
  • Watch keeping/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 is ideal for a passage like this. 

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

What's included

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

  • Some great sailing!
  • 1,500 sea miles logged

Before you start

You are a confident yachtsman or woman who has taken part in at least RYA Competent Crew course or had 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 Flying Fish 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.