Sailing the Whitsundays

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Sailing the Whitesundays is an accomplishment that I am extremely proud of. What made it even more special and memorable is that I shared this wonderful adventure with my fiance.

When we decided on sailing the Whitesundays all on our own,  I was terrified by the idea because we had absolutely no sailing experience (unless you count sailing a dinghy in high school). It took months of preparation and many sailing lessons.

Arriving on Hamilton Island, we were picked up from the airport and taken to the marina for briefing. The yacht was loaded with six days of rations and we were sent on our way to sail through the magnificent islands of the Whitsundays.

It’s a lifestyle I could get use to. At 5am every morning we woke to watch the sunrise. Throughout the day we took little moments to appreciate our beautiful surroundings. Everyday we sailed to a different location where we snorkelled, hiked, sun baked on the yacht, walked along a deserted beach, the world was our oyster.

This amazing experience has ignited my love for sailing and I envisage more sailing trips on the horizon.

4 comments

  1. Your blog looks gorgeous Mel!
    This sounds like an awesome adventure. Would you recommend the yacht company and what type of preparation would, say, a normal person need to do?
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    • Thanks Annie! Yes I would definitely recommend Sunsail. They were fantastic! We hired a skipper for half a day to talk us through each of the islands and map out a route for our trip which we ended up following loosely as it’s weather dependant. We also ordered the provision pack so we wouldn’t have to go back to Hamilton Island every other day.
      My fiance and I have never had sailing experience. We prepared by taking lessons at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in St Kilda. They were very thorough. The lessons we did were 4 hour lessons at a time and it included theory and practical. If you feel that you need more practice, with Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron as part of the package you get 3 months free membership to the club. This means you can crew on other peoples’ boats for races without paying an entry fee. Also I would make sure you practice your knots because you will definitely need it when you go sailing! Hope this helps!

  2. Thanks Mel! This is the best holiday idea! Nothing sounds more relaxing than sailing to various spots near Hamilton Island, just the two if us. I must get on to this! Thanks for your advice xx

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