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Sunsail Sailing Schools - Essential Information Australia

Welcome to Sunsail
Thank you for choosing to sail with us. To help you prepare for your course we have put together some useful information and recommend you read it through a couple of weeks before your course commences. Please do not hesitate to call our office if you have any further queries.

Sunsail sales office opening hours:
The Sunsail sales office is open from 0900 to 1900 Monday to Friday and 1000 to 1600 Saturdays and Sundays all year round.

Sunsail base opening hours:
The Sunsail base is open from 0800 to 1700 seven days a week all year round.

Contact numbers:

Reservations     023 9222 2224
Aftersales         023 9222 2894
Base             00 61 749 48 9509

Base Address
Sunsail Whitsundays
Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island

Yacht Course Example Itinerary

Flight and transfers
Flight Times: As issued on your tickets. Flight duration: London Heathrow to Brisbane via Singapore 23 hrs
London Heathrow to Sydney via Singapore 23 hrs
Brisbane to Hamilton Island approx 1hr 30
Sydney to Hamilton Island approx 2hrs 30
Transfer: Your Sunsail representative will be at Hamilton Island airport or ferry terminal to welcome you and take you to the marina. If you are arranging your own flights/transport please make sure that you have informed the Yachting After Sales Team on 02392 222 894 to enable the base staff to do this.

Embarkation     Sunday
Course start     Monday 0900
Course finish     Friday 1700
Disembarkation Saturday

Students must arrive the evening prior to their course.


You will be able to access your yacht on the Sunday evening a 4pm (we will always try to have it available at an earlier time whenever possible). You will there meet with a member of our staff, who will give you a brief introduction on the yacht facilities. The rest of the evening is your own and we'd like to encourage your to get to know the other members of your team and get some rest before a busy sailing week!

If there’s anything you’d like to know about your boat, the marina or the island itself please ask your skipper or a member of the Sunsail team. However, a full yacht and safety briefing will be given on Monday morning at the start of your course.

Monday to Friday

You will meet the instructor the next morning a 9am and will receive the full yacht briefing (including victualing and more).
Each day starts at approx. 9am and finishes at approx. 6pm. The syllabus for your course can be found on the website, and logbooks for your course can be purchased from the RYA.
Your yacht is already provisioned for the five day course with inclusive breakfast, lunch and dinners. There is free time in the evening when the crew can relax. Your course will finish later on one night of the week so that you may experience sailing in the dark.


The yacht will return on Friday afternoon at around 5pm at Hamilton Island and you are welcome to stay on board until Saturday morning 10am if you wish – we leave this up to you! Crews usually enjoy drinks and dinner together.

Accommodation can easily be arranged before or after your course if you wish to explore the area on land.

Places to Visit and Activity options

• Snorkelling and diving – Great Barrier Reef.
• Butterfly Bay, Luncheon Bay, Maureens Cove, Border
Island and many more.
• Beaches – Whitehaven Beach, Turtle Bay, Chance Bay and many more.
• Wildlife reserves.

Yacht Course Information

Base Facilities
• Showers and toilets
• Laundry
• Bars and restaurants
• Hotels
• Selection of shops locally
• Bank locally
• Post Office

What to bring?
• Tickets, money passport and driving licence if you plan to hire a car.
Clothing – The Whitsundays enjoy a pleasant temperature all year, BUT be prepared for all weather conditions. We suggest you pack the following:
• Hopefully you will have good weather so we advise you have a hat, sunglasses, sun cream, shorts, T-shirts beach towel and swimwear.
• In cooler weather it is much warmer to wear multiple thin layers than one thick layer and a lightweight jacket is recommended as you may experience light showers. Comfortable trousers / tracksuit, deck shoes / sailing boots or white-soled trainers. We do not recommend jeans as they take a long time to dry. For hygiene reasons, we do not hire out sailing footwear.
Please note that all personal items are brought at your own risk.
• PLEASE NOTE You are advised to bring light waterproofs with you.

Children on courses
• Children aged 13+ - Sunsail welcome your older
children on any of our courses at any time of year as long as they are accompanied by at least one adult. Under 16s can get qualified as Comp Crew, over 16s can become Day Skipper.

• You will be sleeping on board in shared cabins.
• Duvet, sheets, pillow and shower towel are all provided.
• PLEASE NOTE Bring your belongings in a soft holdall as there is little storage on board the yacht.

Catering Arrangements
• Breakfast, lunch and dinners are provided on board but no beverages. You are welcome to purchase locally any drinks and extra nibbles you may require.
• We can cater specifically for vegetarian or other dietary needs as long as we have prior knowledge before the course.
• Please note that you will be expected to help with the cooking, washing up and general housekeeping of the yacht.

Log book
• You will require RYA logbook G15 for your course. If you have not already ordered a log book you can purchase one from our sales office. If you ordered one when you made your booking it will be sent out to you.

Recommended Reading
• RYA Practical and/or Theory Course Books. These can be purchased in advance direct from the sales team at the Sunsail Port Solent office or the RYA.

Money and Marina Fees
• The local currency is the Australian Dollar
• Money can be changed at the airport and there is a bank local to the base.
• Mooring/marina fees are NOT included in the course fees. Any costs incurred for berthing will be spilt between the crew.

• An essential part of the success of our brochures is using photography that gives clients a true idea of the product, rather than using models. During the course of the season, we have photographers on site at our bases. If a photographer is on site at any time during your course we will advise you on your arrival at the base. If you have strong objections to close up photography of yourself and party, please indicate your feelings to the photographer at the time.

Respecting Destinations
Sunsail remains committed to looking after the environment and supporting the cultures where we operate and over many years you have helped us to ensure that our presence does not negatively impact these areas. Please continue to assist us to leave these areas
‘As good or better than we found them’ i.e.
• Sewerage management. Always use pump out facilities in marinas where available. Otherwise, please avoid discharge in busy anchorages and marinas and prevent contamination to humans and bottom sediments/coral reef inhabitants by pumping out as far as possible offshore.
• Avoid pumping oily bilge water or other hazardous substances into the sea.
• Be litter conscious - never throw rubbish overboard and minimize the use of plastics and non biodegradable products.
• Observe the laws that govern fish catch sizes, and the touching or handling of marine wildlife.
• Keep a safe distance when viewing marine life, approach side on and stopping with propellers in neutral.
• Identify dark water areas as possible important shallow ecosystems.
• Use mooring buoys where available over coral reefs. If anchoring, drop anchors in sand, away from living reefs.
• Take care not to crush and break corals and reef dwellings with body parts, fins and equipment when snorkelling or swimming.
• Avoid purchase of marine ornamental souvenirs and the harvest of endangered fish.

We hope that these notes will help you make the most of your course and your time spent in the Whitsundays. Please read through carefully and contact the Aftersales Team if you have any queries.

We hope that you have a great time and thank you for booking with Sunsail.

Course instructions are correct at the time of publication,  but are subject to change without prior notice.