When you charter a boat with us, no matter what your experience, will receive a comprehensive boat and area briefing with a qualified briefer. The briefing will include a thorough introduction to manoeuvring your vessel, it's fittings and your cruising area. You will also be offered assistance with planning the ideal itinerary.
If however, you would like either additional training or a guide for the duration of your charter, we can arrange adding a sail guide to your booking.
Should you wish to organise some additional training, perhaps you have very limited sailing experience, however, would still like to do a self-sail trip, your boat briefer can accompany you for the first few hours of your charter.
We highly recommend first-time charterers spend additional time with their briefer on the first day, to ensure they are confident operating the boat on their own.
$50 per hour - between 1 and 3 hours
Take the pressure off with a sail guided holiday. Whether you're a novice wanting to cruise around the Whitsunday Islands or an expert looking for a chance to relax, having a sail guide on board allows you to enjoy as much or as little sailing as you want.
Our sail guide will be happy to sail, motor and anchor the vessel for you while on your charter holiday. All of our sail guides are qualified and highly experienced. They will be able to recommend anchorages and assist and provide a wealth of local knowledge all while showing you as little or as much as you would like to know about sailing.
You, the skipper, and your crew will still have full responsibility for the vessel, it's inventory and all it's fittings, so it is important to assist the Sail Guide as needed.
You pay a nightly rate on top of your boat charter, so you have absolute flexibility to choose the days that suit you. 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.
Overnight sail guide $330.00 per day (subject to availability) *an additional $280.00 per day (Sail Guide & Host) applies for public holidays.
Our friendly, qualified and experienced sail guides are available at any time of the year, providing sailing expertise in a world-class sailing destination. You can organise a sail guide for your entire trip or just a day or two, whichever suits you.
Below are some commonly asked questions about the finer details that come up when considering a sail guide, and the answers to help you decide what's right for you.
Depending on your level of sailing experience you can do as much or as little sailing as you like, including taking the wheel. You are the skipper and your sail guide is there to assist in a way that suits you.
We highly recommended adding a sail guide either for half a day or a night if you have minimal boating experience or if it's been a while since you were at the helm. A sailing guide can also benefit you if you've been hoisting your own sails for decades and just want a little help and support with some of the more physical aspects of keeping a yacht moving under sail.
You may have a first mate on board who just prefers sunbathing to pulling ropes, or has too much on their hands keeping crew members (particularly the little ones) occupied!
Please note that sail guides will take pride in the presentation of the yacht, but they are not cooks, cleaners, babysitters or maids.
Sail guides must be allocated a stern (down the back) cabin to themselves for the duration of your charter, though occasionally the bow (up the front) can be agreed upon. Anything outside of this normal arrangement may be arranged with discretion between you and your sail guide upon check-in. But please assume your sail guide will need a cabin in the stern.
If you are planning to pre-order all of your food through our recommended provisioning services or to do your own food shop, then remember to buy enough to accommodate the sail guide. Feel free to call our sales team so they can find out if your sail guide has any dietary requirements.
When visiting a resort, you may invite your sail guide to dinner on shore, and they may accept or choose to stay aboard. If there is no food aboard and you would prefer your sail guide not to come with you, then you can provide them with 'pocket money' so that they can pop into their favourite local haunt. They'll only ever be a phone call away should you need them.
That's entirely up to you as every group is different and interacts with people in different ways. Our sail guides are always friendly and professional, and comfortable with meeting new people and adept at reading different social situations.
If you invite your sail guide to be part of the fun in the evening they may accept or choose to decline, opting to stay on the yacht and wait for your return. You may find that your sail guide is an early riser who bunks down early after a long day's sailing.
While it is not compulsory, we do encourage you to tip your sail guide. A guideline amount would be 10% of your yacht charter price, however as this could encompass quite a range, we leave it at your discretion and ask that you offer the gratuity you think your sail guide deserves.
Our sail guides all speak English and are friendly and excellent communicators.
A fully qualified, commercially endorsed and experienced sailor, with tonnes of local knowledge to share with you. Our sail guides can show you the best places to drop anchor, snorkel and dive, swim and sunbake - and the best times to visit popular locations. They can teach you new things about sailing, help you rediscover confidence at the helm, provide an extra pair of hands and handle the heavy lifting for you.
Adrian, one of our sail guides shares:
"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!”
Luxury catamarans have up to four double cabins and roomy decks.
Sleek monohull yachts can accommodate large groups in sumptuous style.
Multihull and monohull power cruisers are spacious and comfortable.
For total indulgence, a hostess can also be arranged for an additional cost (please note the hostess will also require their separate cabin and to be included in the provisioning).
Our skipper guides take care of the sailing, leaving you to unwind and enjoy the Whtisundays ambience.