A short summer adventure of a very different kind
FOR the bluewater sailor or someone who dreams of being one, True North Adventure Cruises is offering the chance for guests to embark on a unique ocean experience.
Its Sydney Rocks Blue Water Classic four-day cruise starts on Christmas Day night with an intimate insight into the backstory to the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race as master yachtsman Skip Lissiman steps guests through the pre-race preparations.
He will escort guests around the Boxing Day pre-race venue at Rushcutters Bay where the yacht crews will be making final preparations.
From there guests will step aboard the luxurious True North where it will take up a prime position for the spectacular and seemingly chaotic start of the iconic race.
Lissiman will continue his race insight, explaining the strategic positioning as contenders vie for the confidence boost that comes with rounding the last race mark at Sydney Heads before heading into open water ahead of the rest of the field.
He will then provide continuous updates on race progress as everyone on-board the True North heads north to the Hawkesbury for three tranquil days of pleasant activities.
The itinerary includes heli-flights to the Hunter Valley wine region, bush-walks, indigenous culture, revered on-board dining and live entertainment.
Lissiman was a crew member of the 1983 America's Cup winning team Australia II which was the first challenger to win the America's Cup in its 132 years history. He is an accomplished sailor across a number of boat classes and has competed in no less than six Sydney to Hobart races including a line honours win aboard the maxi-yacht Drumbeat in 1989.
True North is purpose-built to be able to sail into areas that larger ships cannot access. Guests are offered high quality off-ship experiences courtesy of the ship's biologist and a team of naturalists, a ship's helicopter and six dedicated adventure boats.
The ship's offers modern Australian cuisine supplemented with locally sourced ingredients and an outstanding selection of Western Australian wines.
Cabins are spacious and modern; there is a panoramic lower deck dining room, an alfresco bar, an observation lounge and a dedicated sports deck.
Guests indulge in daily activities including scenic walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics, cultural events and spectacular flights in the ship's helicopter.
For more information on the Sydney Rocks Blue Water Classic cruise, go to www.truenorth.com.au.