Racing & Adventures

Sunshine Sailing Australia offers the competent sailor the opportunity to become part of a enthusiastic team campaigning in some of Australia and the world’s most famous yachting events; join us on either the Brisbane to Gladstone, Hamilton Island Race Week, Sydney to Hobart and now the Middle Sea Race in Malta.

These are high-profile events, well-known Australia-wide. Training and sailing will take place on our cruiser performance yacht. Our qualified and experienced skipper/instructors will train, motivate and lead the team to the highest possible success!

We specialize in all aspects of yachting, from training, entry management, through to high performance. Sunshine Sailing Australia offers people with a passion for high performance the chance to challenge, educate and enjoy themselves.

Our Yachts are highly competitive and chosen to meet the requirements of each sailing program. This provides exhilarating and intense sailing. Our yachts (renowned around the world) are perfect for competitive inshore and offshore sailing. A cruiser with comfort, performance and style.

These high profile yacht events have developed into the most popular of all ocean-sailing events in Australia. These programs offers competitors a strategic challenge as they sail past unsurpassed scenic coastlines, prior to arriving in some of Australia’s most popular coastal cities. Both the Brisbane to Gladstone and Hamilton Island Week are now well established and are considered to be the ‘warm water’ alternatives to the Sydney to Hobart.

These adventures cover many nautical miles of Australian coastline. This represents a great introduction to offshore and ocean sailing in a fun and safe environment, don’t miss out!

All days, accommodation and food onboard, mooring fees and GST are included in the prices.

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Hamilton Island Race Week 2017

DATES:
August 19-26

Get in early so you don’t miss out

Welcoming cocktail party, Opening Fireworks, Moet & Chandon Lunch, Golf on Dent Island, Audi car giveaway and Audi Drive Challenge and Presentation Dinner, its your choice! Be a part of all this or just sit back on your yacht and take it easy! And don’t forget, we need to go sailing as well! The Hamilton Island sailing week is not for the faint hearted, if you’re looking for sensational sailing, fantastic fun, enormous egos and a perfect party atmosphere, then this week is for you!

What are the details?

19-26 August 2017…SECURE YOU SPOT NOW. All sailing days, accommodation, food onboard, entry fees, mooring fees and GST included in the price.

Cost

$2495 per person accommodation on the boat.
Optional Extra: $1350 per person shore accommodation

‘We have attended 6 Hamilton Island Race weeks with Sunshine Sailing Australia and look forward to plenty more. The education, training and professionalism input from John Bankart and his team has provided us with a deep respect for what the sea has to offer and how to enjoy.’ Enjoy Mal and Sue, Coolum



		
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Brisbane to Gladstone 2017

DATES: Easter Weekend

This program offers a great blend of old and new. The course and steady trade wind breezes provide great sailing for the latest high-tech mono-hull sleds and the super fast offshore catamarans, yet there is a unique history associated with this internationally famed classic.

As Queensland’s premier blue water classic, its significance was recognized when this event was selected as the feature aquatic sport event for the ‘Centenary of Federation’ celebrations in 2001. The 308 nautical mile ocean  is one of Australia’s major sporting events over the Easter weekend.

What are the details?

The program consist of
1 day training 9th
1 day delivery to Scarborough 13th
Race 14-16th.

$1495 per person

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Rolex Sydney to Hobart

DATES:
December 25- 30

This is Australia’s most iconic and watched sailing event of the year. Take part in the adventure of a life time and become one of the “Hobart” club. The race is not for the faint at heart with over 600nm of ocean sailing and of course the Bass Strait to contend with .This race will offer the sailor everything  they ever wanted ,and more, from a true blue water racing event… just making the finish line is a thing to be proud of. This is not just a race, it’s  the chance to be involved with an international sailing regatta at all levels.
What are the details?

Your training will take part from the beautiful waters of Mooloolaba where you will take the boat south on a passage to Sydney arriving in time to enjoy all the aspects of the regatta . You will practice all aspects of offshore yacht racing and learn your roles and how to handle the yacht in offshore conditions. During the training passage you will obtain the qualifying miles, and also help get the yacht ready for its Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race campaign. Once in Sydney there will be dockside tasks imperative to a successful offshore yacht race as well as join in on the shore side activities and the build up to the big day.
Training week: 14 – 18 December, Race: 26th -30th Dec. Cost TBA

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Lord Howe Island Blue Water Passage

DATES:
November  14-25

Whether you are looking to get your commercial MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean or your recreational RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, this voyage will allow you to gain more valuable offshore and ocean experience. On top of that it will be a great ocean adventure and learning experience. Our RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor will help you learn anything you need to know to expand your experience and skill level

What are the details?

14 Day Lord Howe Island Return . This cruise consists of a passage aboard one of our fully equipped ocean going yachts and is ideal for those who wish to sample blue water cruising first hand. After a period of passage planning and preparation this exciting blue water adventure sets sail bound for spectacular Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Ideal for those of you want to practice celestial navigation at sea or need to undertake a 600nm passage navigated by sextant to qualify for the Yachtmaster Ocean. Or build your offshore sea miles and experience ocean sailing at its best!Price includes all food & accommodation whilst onboard, GST, RYA log book and certificate.

What will I learn?

– Passage planning
– Victualing
– Celestial navigation by day and night
– Crew management and command
– Practice pilotage
– Accessing local knowledge
– Accessing weather information
– Understanding sky signs
– Ocean currents
– Ocean meteorology
– Sun, moon, planet and star sights and the use of other navigational aids including GPS
– related to living aboard an ocean passage

What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), towel, sleeping bag and pillow, spray jacket, toilet kit and any personal medication you may require all packed in a flexible soft bag.

You must have completed the Ocean Yachtmaster Shorebased course to fully understand and get the maximum from this qualifying passage. Practical ability to Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore level is highly recommended. Candidates should hold a HF/VHF Radio Operator’s Certificate and a Senior 1st Aid certificate.

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Mile Builders


DATES 2017
Apr 18-23 – Gladstone – Mooloolaba
Jul 29-Aug 3 Mooloolaba – Yeppoon
Aug 5-10 Yeppoon – Whitsundays
Sep 25-30 Whitsundays – Yeppoon
Oct 2-7 Yeppoon – Mooloolaba

Choose your destination, Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Lady Musgrave Island, Fraser Island, the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands, the Gold Coast or further offshore, possibly Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea!

Build your miles, have fun, make new friends and enjoy a holiday whilst completing the RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper, Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean course.

We will stop at destinations including: Pearl Bay, Percy Isles and Brampton Island before arriving at the magnificent Whitsunday Islands. You will have time and fun to explore the coast, islands, headlands, beaches and anchorages.

Our RYA Ocean and Offshore Yachtmaster Instructors will help you learn anything you need to expand your experience and skill level. There will be a continued practice of sailing skills towards your next qualification, work towards the Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or even take celestial sights and practice for the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster.

What experience do I need?

Nil if undertaking Competent Crew. RYA Competent Crew or 5 Days sailing for Day Skipper. 100 miles, 4 night hours plus knowledge up to Day Skipper shore based standard for coastal Skipper.

What will I learn?
  • – Knowledge of boat systems
  • – Pilotage
  • – Collision Regulations
  • – Operating under power
  • – Sail Trim
  • – Boat handling
  • – Basic coastal navigation
  • – Radio Operation
  • – Meteorology
What do I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), spray jacket. Be sure to pack this in a flexible soft bag.

What about meals?

All meals are provided. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to indicate this in advance when you register for the course.

Where are we?

Our office is located at The Wharf Mooloolaba on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map. Course location will be advised for individual courses.

Course Cost?

The course cost is $1495 for 5 days, $1695 for 6 days or $1795 for 7 days trips and Lord Howe $3995.
Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

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