New Caledonia to Sydney via Lord Howe Island -
South Pacific 2014
Ocean Sailing: 18 nights Noumea to Sydney via Lord Howe Island.
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This is a blue water voyage from the tropical Noumea, South West to Australia. At the midpoint of our passage south we call at Lord Howe Island and anchor for a night or two before sailing on past spectacular Balls Pyramid. Arriving into Sydney Harbour is a thrilling occasion but to sail into one the world’s great harbours by Tall Ship is unforgettable. Join the crew of this magnificent square-rigger and raise sail, take the helm and discover the timeless romance of Tall Ship voyaging.
Departing : Noumea - 08 Oct 2014 (To be confirmed)
Arriving : Sydney - 25 Oct 2014 (To be confirmed)
Joining & departure times: 10 am at each port
Included in this package:
- Accommodation in a 2 berth or 4 berth cabin
- All meals for the duration of the trip, prepared by your on-board cook
- All drinks, including an open bar: Wine, beer, bubbly, soft drinks
- Life Time VIP Membership to the Søren Larsen Family
- A free, all inclusive, 4 days 3 night cruise on the tall ship Coral Trekker, in the Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Around Noumea, lie reef-fringed atolls with white beaches, palm lined shores and local sailing canoes which make an idyllic spot to spend a night before setting out on our ocean voyage. Once we clear Customs at Noumea we set sail south.
Arriving onboard you will be shown your berths, introduced to the crew, and signed on Ship's Articles as Voyage Crew. Much of the first morning will be spent introducing you to the ship and explaining the various routines, safety procedures and equipment and how the watch system works. For those who wish we try to give you a chance to be shown aloft in the rigging before we get underway.
Here we have a proper ocean passage of 1200 miles, possibly broken by a visit to Middleton Reef and then Lord Howe Island some 700 miles south of Noumea. A visit to Lord Howe will depend on weather as it has a fairly exposed anchorage but it is a rare chance to visit this beautiful and spectacular sub-tropical island. Lord Howe is an Australia dependency and is part of our initial entry into the country. There may be a landing fee that is paid individually. Just south east is Balls Pyramid - a dramatic volcanic tip that rises steeply form the sea.
The first 4 to 5 days should be in favourable conditions with light following breezes but before the halfway mark we expect more boisterous conditions and will have a challenging sail in order to make the most of the variable conditions. This blue water passage is an exciting and challenging voyage for the novice and committed sailor alike.
On the longer sea passage there is time for talks about basic navigation, seamanship theory, rope work, history and development of square rigged ships. The timeless routines of the sea and unique beauty and grandeur of the ocean can only really be appreciated by those who have undertaken a blue water passage several days out from land.
Tall Ships run at the call of the wind and the passage down the east coast of Australia will depend on this but if we make good time we could call into one of the beautiful harbours on the New South Wales coast before we reach Sydney.
Sailing into Sydney Harbour is always a thrilling occasion. It was here that Søren Larsen sailed in as Flagship of the First Fleet Re-enactment Voyage with the fleet of Tall Ships for Australia's 200th birthday in 1988. This will be the ship's first return to Sydney in 10 years and we expect a memorable welcome.
There are 13 permanent crew who maintain and sail the ship who are there to assist and help you enjoy your time aboard. Once we drop anchor the deck watch is undertaken by the permanent crew and you the Voyage Crew are free to explore ashore.