Seasoned yachtsman to join Coral Expeditions’ Sydney to Hobart cruise
Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering expedition cruise line, has announced yachting extraordinaire Tony Carpenter will be joining passengers as the guest lecturer and historian for this year’s Sydney to Hobart themed expedition due to set sail in December.
Guests who are eager to experience the adrenaline-fueled atmosphere of the legendary Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race but choose to do it from the comfort of the Coral Expeditions flagship vessel the Coral Discoverer, will have the chance to “chase the race” from December 26 this year.
The six-night cruise on board the Coral Discoverer will give passengers a journey to remember, narrated by a well-heeled yachtsman who has experienced firsthand all the drama that the iconic event is renowned for.
Carpenter began club racing in the 1960’s and offshore racing in the early 1970’s. Over the years he has accumulated 25,000 nautical miles and is conversant with the history of many major races, including the iconic Sydney to Hobart Race, which he has personally sailed 12 times.
“It will be an honour to join guests on the Coral Discoverer in December to witness one of the world’s greatest races,” says Carpenter. “It is a unique opportunity to be up close to the action and I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge of the race and the coastal journey to Hobart.”
Passengers on “A Yachtsman’s Cruise” will have front row seats to watch the spectacle of the fleet sailing through Sydney heads from the Explorer sundeck in one of Australia’s great Boxing Day traditions.
As the expedition continues down the NSW southern coast from Jervis Bay to Twofold Bay there will also be expert commentary from Coral Expeditions’ Senior Master, Captain Gary Wilson.
After crossing Bass Strait, and as the ship nears Tasmania, guests can take a break from the race and experience a pristine nature walk through the remarkable Maria Island National Park. Guests will stroll past the historic ruins, secluded bays, rugged cliffs and visit World Heritage-listed Darlington, which is part of the Convict Trail of Australia.
Arriving in Hobart just in time for the unmissable Sydney to Hobart race celebrations on New Year’s Eve, guests will enjoy a view of the fireworks over the Derwent River while also enjoying fare at the Taste of Tasmania food and arts festival on the waterfront.
“Our goal is always to pioneer new adventures by small ship and to offer our guests the most authentic and immersive experiences through developing new themes and curated sailings,” says Jeff Gillies, Commercial Director, Coral Expeditions. “After the resounding success of our inaugural Yachtie’s Voyage in 2017, we are looking to the next edition of this iconic Australian event with Tony on board to guide us through all the twists and turns of the race.”
The annual race has gripped the nation every Boxing Day since 1945 and now each year the world looks on as a sea of international contenders set sail from the iconic Sydney Harbour.
The winner of that first race was Rani, piloted by Captain John Illingworth RN (UK) who took six days, 14 hours and 22 minutes to cross the finish line. But by 2016 the latest race record was set when Perpetual LOYAL (AUS) took just one day 13 hours 31 minutes and 20 seconds to finish.
This time around there will be up to six of the fastest and most radical 100-footers competing in the 2018 edition of the 628-nautical mile blue water classic. So far, Australian skipper David Witt has confirmed that Hong Kong yacht Scallywag is set to return and Comanche owner and skipper Jim Cooney has revealed that he will definitely be on the start line next year.
Your Stateroom awaits
The 6-night cruise on board Coral Discoverer departs from Sydney on 26 December 2018, priced from $4,277 per person twin share.
To book this one-a-year special voyage or for more information on Coral Expeditions, please visit www.coralexpeditions.com or call 1800 079 545.
About Coral Expeditions
Recognized as Australia’s longest established and most awarded expedition cruise operator, Coral Expeditions offers a unique style of immersive expedition cruising in small ships purpose-built to take guests closer to nature and cultures. Starting with environmentally- sensitive cruises on the Great Barrier Reef, 34years later the fleet has grown to four ships that include two 35-metre catamarans, Coral Expeditions I and Coral Expeditions II, the state-of-the-art flagship Coral Discoverer and the brand new Coral Adventurer, scheduled to set sail in April 2019. Headquartered in Cairns, Coral Expeditions offers expedition cruises to the World Heritage- listed Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley region, Tasmania, Cape York and Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, Spice Islands & Raja Ampat and the Islands of the South Pacific.