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Sail Guides

Limited sailing experience? Let one of our sail guides show you the sights of the Whitsundays while you sit back and relax.

Sail Guide Training 

You will receive a comprehensive boat and area briefing with a qualified boat briefer when you arrive at our base. The briefing will include a thorough introduction to your vessel, it's fittings and your cruising area. Our briefer will assist you in planning the ideal itenerary and show you how to manouvre your vessel. If you prefer that our boat briefer accompanies you for some additional sail guide training for the first few hours of your charter until you are confident, we can arrange this too. Pricing is available on request.

  • Relax and le your sail guide take the helm
  • Be as hands on or laid back as you like
  • Learn from a local expert
  • Gain local knowledge and recommendations
  • Enjoy peace of mind and safety on the water
  • Discretion and privacy when needed

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, and will be able to provide recommendations on anchorages, assist and provide a wealth of knowledge, 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 its fittings, so it is important to assist the Sail Guide as needed.

You pay a daily 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.

 

Sail Guided Charters: Questions answered

Our friendly, qualified and experienced sail guides are available at any time of the year, providing expert local knowledge and sailing expertise on one of our world-class yachts. 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.

Can I do any sailing myself?

You can do as little or as much as you like during your charter with a sail guide. You are the skipper and your sail guide is there to assist in a numer of different ways on board, and are highly recommended if you have minimal sailing or boating experience. Or if it has been a good few years since you were at the helm. A sail guide can also benefit you if you have 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 who just prefers sunbathing to getting fenders, or has too much on their hands keeping crew members (particularly the little ones) occupied!

Depending on your level of sailing experience you can do as much or as little sailing as you like, including taking the helm. Please note that sail guides will take pride in the presentation of the yacht, but they are not cooks, cleaners or maids.

Where will the sail guide sleep?

Sail guides must generally be allocated a stern cabin to themselves for the duration of your charter, though occassionally the bow can be agreed upon. Anything outside of this normal arrangement may be agreed upon with discretion between you and your sail guide upon check-in. But please assume your sail guide will need a cabin in the stern.

What/How do we feed our Sail Guides?

If you are planning to pre-order all of your food through our recommended provisioning services, then remember to buy enough to accommodate the sail guide.

If you're planning to provision when you arrive then ensure you cater the sail guide into your meals.

If you are concerned about meeting the sail guide's dietary preferences or requirements, give our sales team a call and they will be able to find out if there is anything your sail guide doesn't like or cannot eat.

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 skipper 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.

What does the sail guide do in the evening?

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.

Do we have to tip our sail guide?

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.

Will the sail guide speak English?

Our sail guides all speak English and are friendly and excellent communicators.

How much value does a sail guide add?

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.

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).

 
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.
A woman turning a rope winch handle and man sail a Whitsunday Rent A Yacht charter yacht

Our skipper guides take care of the sailing, leaving you to unwind and enjoy the Whtisundays ambience.