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...fol­low­ing the yachts as they race along the scenic east coast...

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Coral Ex­pe­di­tions is of­fer­ing a unique Syd­ney to Hobart mar­itime-themed itin­er­ary which sets sail with the an­nual Syd­ney to Hobart Yacht Race.

This year Coral Ex­pe­di­tions will carry pas­sen­gers across the chan­nel from the Aus­tralian main­land to Tas­ma­nia, fol­low­ing the yachts as they race along the scenic east coast.

On-board, guest lec­turer John Lon­g­ley will give guests an in­sider per­spec­tive of the yacht race. With four Syd­ney-hobart races un­der his belt, John knows ocean sail­ing, hav­ing also com­peted in five Amer­ica’s Cups, three Ad­mi­ral’s Cups, the Transat­lantic Race and many others. He also the project-man­aged the con­struc­tion of the En­deav­our replica, now dis­played at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum in Dar­ling Har­bour, and sailed around in the world in her.

John will join ex­cur­sions to many mar­itime at­trac­tions along the way, such as the Killer Whale Mu­seum in Eden, the David­son Whal­ing Sta­tion in Ben Boyd Na­tional Park, Bligh Mu­seum of Pa­cific Ex­plo­ration and a visit to the Hobart Race Vil­lage for pre­sen­ta­tions.

The voy­age’s flex­i­ble itin­er­ary can re­spond to weather con­di­tions, so guests see the best parts of Aus­tralia’s south-east coast and Tas­ma­nia in com­fort. The reg­u­lar ex­cur­sions are car­ried out us­ing Zo­di­acs and the Ex­plorer ten­der, which can be eas­ily ac­cessed from the main deck. There are no queues or wait­ing around.

The cruise will con­clude with a New Year’s cel­e­bra­tion over­look­ing the Der­went River, in­clud­ing a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play. On disem­bark­ing, guests can take ad­van­tage of a spe­cial pro­mo­tion for the Taste of Tas­ma­nia fes­ti­val, December 28, 2017 to Jan­uary 3, 2018.

Manned by an ex­pert, all-aus­tralian crew, Coral Dis­cov­erer of­fers up to 70 pas­sen­gers spa­cious cabins, the bridge deck state­rooms with pri­vate bal­conies, and con­tem­po­rary com­mu­nal ar­eas where guests en­joy mod­ern Aus­tralian cui­sine made with fresh lo­cal pro­duce.

Coral Ex­pe­di­tions’ Syd­ney to Hobart itin­er­ary de­parts Syd­ney on December 26, 2017 and fin­ishes in Hobart on Jan­uary 1, 2018. Prices start from A$4,180 per per­son.

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