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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.

The passage starts at Sydney's Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Mosman. You will sail North following the sun to Coffs Harbour, and Mooloolaba, past Fraser Island and the Keppel group and 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 

You can expect the weather to 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 one of our Beneteau 40.7 training yachts which are fully set up for offshore sailing. 

One leg or two?

The passage is split into two legs, with a layover day scheduled in Mooloolaba to allow the crew some well earned R and R.

To book a single leg, from Sydney to Mooloolaba or Mooloolaba to Hamilton Island, contact us via the register interest button. The price for a single leg is $1795 

What's included

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

Flights are not included.

Qualifications and experience

  • 1,000 sea miles logged (500 for one leg only)
  • Yachtmaster qualifying passages
  • RYA Coastal Skipper (subject to pre-course experience)
  • 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.

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