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Consider adding a sail guide to your bareboat charter

Adding a sail guide to your crew allows you to enjoy as little or as much sailing as you want, no matter what your sailing experience.

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.

How does a sail guide work?

  • A sailing guide provides a service above and beyond your comprehensive charter briefing. They join you on your charter and can skipper your vessel or assist you in learning to sail.
  • You can choose how long you want a sail guide on your charter. They can join you for a couple of hours for some additional training at the beginning of your charter or they can stay aboard your vessel the entire trip.
  • You pay a nightly rate on top of your boat charter hire. All you need to do is provide your sail guide with a separate cabin to sleep in and food and drink for each day of your charter.
  • For comprehensive FAQ about sail guide logistics please view this page.

What are the benefits of a sail guide?

  • Having a sail guide along for the ride can take the pressure off your holiday
  • A sail guide is there to help you handle the boat in a way that suits you
  • Some charterers find they’re eager to learn the ropes under the direction of a qualified mariner, while others find that they want to step back and enjoy the ride
  • Families with children tell us it can be especially handy to have an extra pair of hands, eyes and ears!
  • A sail guide can help train the crew. There may be one or two experienced sailors on deck, but it can help to have a qualified teacher to bring everyone else up to speed
  • Our sail guides know the best anchorages, the hidden gems, the pristine snorkelling spots, the top hikes and lookouts – and they can even tell you lots of interesting facts about the marine life, flora, fauna and history of the Whitsundays.

Sail Guide Whitsundays

Meet Adrian, one of the WRAY's knowledgeable sail guides

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!”

The best thing about being a sail guide

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".




Adrian’s advice

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"


For more information see our sail guides page or alternatively contact us to chat about how we can help tailor your bareboating holiday to suit you.