Sydney to Hamilton Island

This magnificent voyage provides 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.
20 June
Mon 20 Jun 2022 - Tue 05 Jul 2022
3 weeks, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $2,990.00 incl. GST

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We sail north from Sydney following the sun to Coffs Harbour, and on to Southport where there is a short layover for some well earned R and R.

Then its on to Mooloolaba, past Fraser Island and the Keppel group and through the 100 magic miles of the Whitsunday Islands, finishing two weeks later at Hamilton Island Marina. 

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

You can expect to see whales, dolphins and, of course, flying fish!

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, boat handling and sail trim
  • 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 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

Tuition, certification and logbook (if required). 

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

Flights back to Sydney are not included. 


Single sex, shared cabin accommodation is provided. 


We provide food on board from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.  The crew take it in turns to cook.

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

Qualifications and experience

  • 1,000 sea miles logged 
  • RYA Yachtmaster qualifying passages
  • Watch keeping experience
  • RYA Coastal Skipper (subject to pre-course 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.