Hamilton Island to Sydney

This is a magnificent voyage and an excellent opportunity for experienced sailors to gain sea miles and offshore qualifying passages, in preparation for assessment for the RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence.
29 August
Mon 29 Aug 2022 - Sun 11 Sep 2022
2 weeks, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Whitsunday islands
  • $2,990.00 incl. GST
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The passage begins at Hamilton Island Marina. We sail south through the magic miles of the Whitsundays and the Keppel islands before heading through the Great Sandy Straits to Southport. 

Then, after a short layover for some well earned R and R, it is on to Coffs Harbour, Port Stevens and finally Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney two weeks later.

We will plan the precise route to take best advantage of the weather. Whatever the forecast you are guaranteed varied sailing conditions and some navigational challenges en route.

Course content

You will 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
  • Helming, sail trim and boat handling offshore 
  • Watch keeping and night passages
  • Crew management and the role of the skipper

Weather en route 

You can expect the weather to be warm at the start in Hamilton Island and to get progressively cooler as you make your way south towards Sydney. 

The yacht and the instructor 

The passage will be run by a friendly, RYA qualified, instructor. 

You will be on board one of our Beneteau 40.7 training yachts which are fully set up for offshore sailing. 

What's included

Accommodation with meals on the yacht, safety equipment, tuition and publications. We can lend you wet weather clothing if you need it.

Flights are not included.


  • 1,000 sea miles logged (500 for one leg only)
  • RYA 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.