Adventure Sailing

Join a sailing adventure, build sea time and gain valuable offshore experience.

Sail from Sydney to the Whitsunday Islands or join a blue water passage to Lord Howe Island. Our adventure sailing passages provide a great opportunity to gain offshore experience with the added comfort of a qualified instructor on board. 

Our Yachtmaster Milebuilder courses sail the east coast of New South Wales, making the best use of prevailing winds and currents.

They are intended for crew looking to practice passage planning and offshore navigation and build sea time and offshore qualifying passages in preparation for a Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence assessment. 

Choose your adventure


Sydney to the Whitsunday Islands

This magnificent one thousand-mile sailing adventure is definitely a Flying Fish favorite. It provides an excellent opportunity for competent sailors to gain sea miles, offshore experience, and qualifying passages, in preparation for assessment for the RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence.

2 weeks



Whitsunday Islands 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.

2 weeks



Adventure Sailing - Hobart to Sydney

Sail the iconic route from Hobart to Sydney in on our impressive, cutter rigged, Sydney to Hobart race yacht Arctos.

10 days



Ocean passage to Lord Howe Island

Be part of the crew on an ocean sailing passage to a stunning Pacific island destination. This superb training adventure is ideal for sailors who want to experience the magic of blue-water cruising.

18 days



Basic Yacht Maintenance

This course provides a grounding in the essential maintenance tasks required to keep a modern cruising yacht on the water.

3 days



Marine First Aid

This course has been specifically designed for those working in the marine environment and is ideal for boat owners, watersports instructors, yacht skippers, and crew. The course leads to an internationally recognised first aid qualification.

1 day



ACMA Marine Radio License (VHF, HF, GMDSS)

This one-day Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved course teaches you to use VHF (Short Range) as well as MF and HF (Long Range) radio for distress, urgency, safety, and general calls. The course includes GMDSS and DSC

1 day



RYA Diesel Engines

This course gives you an overall awareness of the central systems of a marine diesel engine. We teach you how to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and rectify defects that do not require workshop support.

1 day



Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages

Our Yachtmaster Milebuilders provide the opportunity to log sea miles and qualifying passages in preparation for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate assessment. You will take part in a series of extended offshore passages by day and night, operating a watch system on board.

16 days



Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory

Upon completing this course, you will have a thorough knowledge of all the theory required for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.

6 days


Awesome sailing adventures

Our annual sailing pilgrimage from Sydney to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays is a Flying Fish firm favourite. 

Departing Sydney, we sail north in coastal hops to Coffs Harbour, Southport, and Mooloolaba. Then, inside the Great Barrier Reef, we cruise to Great Keppel, Middle Percy Island, and through the 100 magic miles of the Whitsundays, finishing at Hamilton Island.

The passage gets progressively warmer as we head north towards the tropics. Once the prevailing southeast trade winds get behind us, we often enjoy champagne downwind sailing for hundreds of miles accompanied by migrating humpback whales.

Our Lord Howe Island Passage is a blue-water ocean sailing adventure to a stunning Pacific island destination. 

World Heritage-listed as an area of outstanding natural beauty and named in National Geographic’s ‘Best of the World 2021’
travel list Lord Howe is an absolute jewel in the Pacific with beautiful beaches and a magnificent coral lagoon. 

The diving and snorkelling here are world-class, and with the visitor numbers limited to just 400 at any one time, the island’s incredible ecosystem is protected now and for the future as ‘the world’s last paradise. 

To sail to Lord Howe is a privilege that very few get to enjoy.

Before you start

If you join a Flying Fish sailing adventure you will be one of our crew and you will therefore need some essential skills and experience before you jump in. 

At a minimum, we like all our crew to have achieved the RYA Day Skipper level of competence or to have equivalent experience.

We also advise everyone going to sea to complete an Offshore Safety and Sea Survival course.

If you would like to contact us to discuss your training requirements use the button below. 

Lorde Howe
  • Try Yachting

    3 hours
    Experience the magic of sailing on Sydney Harbour on one of our comfortable yachts. This short lesson introduces you to the exciting sport of sailing in a safe and controlled way.
  • Discover Yachting

    1 day
    Spend a fabulous day sailing on Sydney Harbour aboard one of our comfortable yachts. This is an excellent way to gently learn the ropes, meet new friends, and have a whole lot of fun in the great outdoors. Please choose one of our scheduled dates or enquire below to book it as a private event for your group.