Coral Discoverer - Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

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Experience the nautical tradition that is the 73rd Sydney to Hobart International ocean yacht race

Embarking at Palm Beach on December 26th, soak up the excitement at the start of the race from Coral Discoverer’s vantage point off Sydney’s North Head. Watch the fleet sail past as you hear expert commentary from our onboard lecturer, John Longley AM, a celebrated veteran of five America’s Cup campaigns.

We sail the south coast and Bass Strait with the trailing fleet. Once across the Strait enjoy the ruggedly scenic Tasmanian coastline with the opportunity to join our expedition team on a number of guided shore excursions.

Onboard Coral Discoverer, there are no queues or assigned seating. At mealtimes you will enjoy an outstanding menu of Tasmanian produce complemented by a specially curated wine list featuring a selection of Tasmania’s best cool-climate varietals.

Scheduled to arrive in Hobart on New Year’s Eve, join the festivities of race presentations and the week-long Taste of Tasmania festival. Return to the Coral Discoverer for the Captain’s Farewell and New Year’s Eve celebrations before disembarking on January 1st at Macquarie Wharf 2. 

This itinerary is designed to capture the best moments of the first few days of the Sydney to Hobart race and highlights of the Tasmanian coastline. The Captain will vary the itinerary to make the most of the views and weather windows of the mercurial southern coast. 


Departs: 26 December 2017

  6-night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer

  All onboard meals

   Wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner plus complimentary coffee / tea throughout the day

   Pre-cruise transfer from Sydney to Palm Beach wharf

   All entrance fees to National Parks

   Guided excursions on the Explorer and Zodiac tenders and kayaks where conditions allow

  Expert expedition team including guest lecturer John Longley AM


  Enjoy a grandstand view for the start of the Sydney to Hobart race as leaders exit the heads

  Trail the yachts on a scenic coastal cruise while you enjoy a drink at the Sundeck Explorer Bar

   Learn about technical aspects of ocean yacht racing from onboard guest lecturer John Longley AM

   Hear about the fascinating history of whaling at Twofold Bay

   Visit Adventure Bay on Bruny Island and stretch your legs on the Fluted Cape Walk

   Ring in the new year onboard and enjoy the Captain's farewell drinks



John Longley AM is one of Australia’s most celebrated yachtsmen. He is a veteran of four Sydney to Hobart races, four Fastnet Races and five America’s Cup campaigns (winning once). 
Apart from his expertise in yachting, he is also a maritime history expert with a particular interest in 17th and 18th century Australian maritime history. He served as Project Manager for the construction of Endeavour, the museum standard replica of HMB Endeavour that is now at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. Besides building her, John managed her for six years and sailed her around Australia, New Zealand and then the world visiting 149 ports in the process. Onboard, John will provide commentary on the Sydney-to-Hobart race and several lectures on yachting and selected maritime history topics. 



Join your fellow travellers on an included coach transfer from a Central Sydney pick-up point. Embark Coral Discoverer at 9am ahead of a 10am departure. Settle in onboard and enjoy lunch while the Captain navigates us to the race vantage point off Sydney’s North Head. From the Explorer Bar on the sundeck celebrate the race start as the fleet turns and heads south. Later join the Captain for welcome drinks. 


Cruise the scenic coastline from Jervis Bay to Twofold Bay. Soak in the southern summer on the sundeck while Coral Discoverer follows the yachts of the Sydney to Hobart race. As we settle into a more relaxed cruising rhythm, John Longley will present intriguing commentary on the Sydney to Hobart race and lectures on yachting and maritime history. 


Relive the bygone days of whaling and the fascinating relationship between man and whale during your guided tour of the Killer Whale Museum. Later, cross the bay to visit Davidson Whaling Station and learn about the Davidson family’s unique partnership with ‘Old Tom’ the orca, and the workings of their whaling station. > Time/conditions permitting we will further explore the coastline of Ben Boyd National Park. 


As we sail through the Southern Ocean, enjoy presentations by John Longley on his yachting experiences or relax on deck as you savour Coral Expeditions hospitality, including our specialty Tasmanian dinner. 


Walk amongst the historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park, and you can expect to meet incredible creatures. Since the 1960s a number of threatened species have been introduced here in a bid to protect them. Expeditioners can expect sightings of native pademelons, Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies and Tasmanian devils. Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington, part of the Convict Trail of Australia. A walk from Darlington takes in the dramatic Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs. 


Rich history, spectacular scenery, close-up wildlife and a variety of walking opportunities make Bruny Island a wonderful destination to explore. Located within the South Bruny National Park, the Fluted Cape walk leaves from Grass Point and boasts impressive cliff and ocean views. A visit to the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration provides insight into maritime history. 


Arrive in Hobart in time for the race winner presentations and celebrations on New Year’s Eve. Soak in the atmosphere of the Taste of Tasmania festival at Hobart’s historic wharf. Enjoy farewell drinks with the Captain and watch the New Year's fireworks from the deck before disembarking on the morning of January 1st. 



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Coral Discoverer

Ship Facts 


Ship's Registry:  Cairns - Australia    Passenger capacity:  72     Crew members:  25     Gross Tonnage:  1,838 grt.

Length:  63 m     Beam:  13 m     Maximum speed:  14 knots     Dedicated:  2005

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An initial deposit of 20% of the cruise fare per person will be required at the time of confirmation in order to secure your booking. Final payment for your expedition cruise will be required 100 days prior to sailing. 

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