A crew of family, scientists, artists and students with a common love of the ocean and a wish to explore, contribute, collaborate and create new links.


sunset cockpit

Blue Heeler 1's original port was Fiumicino, Italy.  This expedition is part of her journey to her new home port, Sydney, Australia.

Blue Heeler 1 is an ocean Class-A Bavaria 46, 2005 model.  She sailed from Italy to Tahiti in 2014-15, and is now poised to launch again for the Pacific Climate Expedition 2016. 

Throughout 2014 and 2015 the boat visited 18 ports, countless anchorages in 12 countries, and  journeyed over 10000 nautical miles between 3 continents and two oceans.   

The boat has 4 double cabins and 2 heads that can accommodate up to 10 people, though for this trip that will be restricted 8 which is the capacity of the ISO registered ocean life-raft. Typical cruising speeds in trade winds is above 6 knots. 

Blue Heeler 1 has been prepared for remote ocean sailing with solar, wind and tow power generation systems.  She has satellite phone and data communications capability as well as vessel and emergency EPIRB beacons.  For this expedition she has been equipped with new sails and is ready for remote passage making.





Expedition crew will include experienced ocean sailors, qualified divers, sponsored surfers, professional  photographers, guest artists, coral scientists and students. Along the way crew become friends and friends become family!  

The boat is also a family home and school for two boys aged 13 and 11.  As a family boat, safety is always the primary consideration when passage planning, underway or at anchor.

Music is a big part of passing time on long passages, as is enjoying stimulating conversation, or reading books relevant to the area.   Whilst on anchor, snorkelling, checking out the marine life, or hunting for good surf breaks dominate the days!

Crew Joining us for Pacific Climate Expedition:

Wendy Twibill - Choir Master / Musician

Dan Nimmo - Film Maker, surfer

Gillianne Tedder - Photographer, Surfer

Ian Cruikshank - Veteran reef surfer

Dr. David Sugget - UTS Climate Change Cluster

Dr. Emma Camp -UTS Climate Change Cluster



Port – Sydney, Aust.

Design –  Bavaria 46C

Length –  13.99m

Beam  -  4.35m

Draft  -  1.8m

Displacement – 13 t

Power – Volvo 75D

Sail Area – 118 m2

Water - 440 litres  

Fuel – 220 litres

Accomodation – 3 doubles, 1 bunk room

Comms -  Iridium GO satellite modem with satellite phone