Sydney to Hamilton Island - Luxury Yacht

This passage provides an opportunity for sailors to gain sea miles and Yachtmaster offshore qualifying passages, in comfort and style on board a stunning luxury yacht.
20 June
Mon 20 Jun 2022 - Fri 01 Jul 2022
2 weeks, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $3,990.00 incl. GST
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The passage starts from our base at Sydney's Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Mosman.

You will sail north following the sun to Coffs Harbour, Cape Byron and Mooloolaba.

Then we go past Fraser Island, inside the Great Barrier Reef to Great Keppel Island and finally on through the 100 magic miles of the Whitsunday Group, finishing two weeks later at Hamilton Island Marina.

Course content

You will plan your route to take best advantage of the weather. You can expect to visit various ports along the New South Wales and Queensland coast.

Whatever the forecast you are guaranteed varied sailing conditions and some navigational challenges en route.

You can expect to develop your skills and experience in the following key areas

  • Preparation for sea
  • Safety equipment and procedures
  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • Offshore navigation
  • Preparing for heavy weather
  • Sail trim
  • Man overboard procedures
  • Watch keeping and night passages
  • Crew management and the role of the skipper

Weather en route 

The weather will be cool in Sydney at the start of the passage. As we head north into the tropics things will get progressively warmer hopefully with prevailing fresh South-East Trade winds making for excellent downwind sailing conditions.

The yacht and the instructor 

The passage will be run by an RYA qualified instructor on board our luxury yacht Calypso which is fully set up for offshore sailing. 

Subject to weather constraints there will be a layover day scheduled in Southport to allow the crew some well earned R and R!


What's included

Tuition, certification and logbook (if required). 

Life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided. We can loan you wet weather clothing if required. 


Single sex, shared cabin accommodation is provided. There are 3 bathrooms on board.

Book a private cabin  

Enjoy the privacy of a private cabin for a surcharge of $1990. 


We provide food on board from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. 

Crew take it in turns to cook.

We do our best to cater for both vegetarians and meat eaters.

Flights are not included.

Qualifications and experience

  • 1,000 sea miles logged 
  • Yachtmaster qualifying passages
  • Watch keeping experience

Before you start

No formal qualifications are required but your sailing and navigation skills should be at RYA Competent Crew level or equivalent.

What next?

At the end of the course your instructor will give you feedback on your sailing and skippering ability and make recommendations for your future training and experience.