When you hire a yacht with Whitsundays Rent a Yacht, you have the option to hire a fully qualified sail guide to accompany you on your charter.
If bareboating is something you’ve always dreamed of doing, don’t let a lack of sailing experience hold you back. Having a sail guide aboard your vessel will calm any nerves and give you the opportunity to learn about running the boat and even how to sail.
Sail guides are not just for beginners. If you are an experienced sailor but you want to enjoy a relaxing holiday, adding a sailing guide will mean you can sit back and enjoy experiencing the Whitsundays.
As well as knowing the ins and outs of the boat you’ve chartered, your sail guide is a wealth of knowledge on the area you’re chartering in.
For WRAY sail guide Adrian Bram, this is a big plus.
“When my wife and I go on holidays to new places we seek out the people that can share their knowledge and experiences, giving us a deeper appreciation and understanding of their way of life and the ecosystems that they live in,” Adrian says.
“For our first trek in the Himalayas, we chose to have a guide. When we tour new exotic countries we always have a driver/guide. When you explore the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park under sail for the first time, why wouldn’t you have a guide? Oh yeah…and you get to learn how to sail too!”
Apart from sailing fantastic yachts around the spectacular Whitsunday islands amid the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the highlight of being a sail guide for Adrian is the people he meets.
“The best thing of all is seeing the faces of charterers, young and old, when they surface after experiencing the Great Barrier Reef’s fringing corals and abundant sea life for the first time,” he says.
“It’s the realisation that there is another world of vivid colours, gardens of coral and cities for marine life, just below the surface.”
On one particularly memorable charter, the engines had just been shut down, the sails were drawing for the first time and one of the younger members of the crew couldn’t believe they were travelling at 9 knots across a glittering sea without the assistance of an engine.
“He demanded that I open the engine hatch covers and prove it to him and then with an awed expression on his face shouted: ‘Dad, you have to buy a sail boat!’ By the end of the week, much to his family’s joy, this young charterer was able to hand, reef and steer the vessel himself".
For some, the idea of that first bareboat charter is a leap out of their comfort zone into unfamiliar territory.
“But a guided charter is in fact, a leap from one comfort zone to another, experiencing the adventure and discovery in the comfort and safety of a large, well found and extremely functional cruising yacht or catamaran with a professional mariner on hand to guide you through the experience,” Adrian says.
Many guided charterers go on to skipper themselves, while according to Adrian, “others are friends for life returning year after year”.
If you like the thought of sailing into an adventure with a helping hand, let us help you with a sail guide for your next trip.
Adrian on Dreamtime "Adrian Bram"