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EastSail presents the 7 Sided Sail. 7 Different ways to participate....

It's never been easier to join one of EastSail's RYA Ocean Adventure Sailing trips! Experience the thrills of offshore and ocean cruising and racing with an EastSail RYA Yachtmaster Instructor beside you as your guide to the Big Blue. Add some serious milebuilders to your log book and undertake an RYA Competent Crew, Dayskipper or Coastal Skipper course while exploring the magnificent Australian East Coast from a different perspective. EastSail will be hosting our legendary Sydney to Hamilton Island to Sydney sail aboard our stunning Beneteau First 40 which is specifically fitted out for offshore cruising. The voyage is divided into 7 segments, each 6-7 days in duration so whatever style of sailing you favour, EastSail has a trip that will quench your quest for adventure! On all of these legs we are offering the RYA courses of Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper for Yachtmaster. (The Yachtmaster exam is separate to the course.)
Cost $1595 for all legs except leg 4 (Hamilton Island Race Week), discounts for multiple legs.
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  • Leg 1: Sydney-Gold Coast 25-30 July  
  • Leg 2: Gold Coast-Yeppoon 2-7 August   
  • Leg 3: Yeppoon-Hamilton Is 10-15 August       
  • Leg 4: Hamilton Is Race Week                          
  • Leg 5: Hamilton Is- Yeppoon  22-27 September
  • Leg 6: Yeppoon-Gold Coast 30 Sept - 5 October
  • Leg 7: Gold Coast - Sydney 8-14 October

7 sided - Pick your passion!

  • Leg 1:   Sydney to Southport / Gold Coast - Get your miles up and practice your offshore skills along the NSW coast. We will cover the RYA Competent Crew, RYA Dayskipper and RYA Coastal Yachtmaster syllabus with daily sailing drillsand theory sessions, but there will be time to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. There will be port entries at places such as Broken Bay, Newcastle, Esmerelda Cove on Broughton Island, Port Stephens and Coffs Harbour. There will also be 1 - 2 nights at sea to experience watch keeping systems. In exceptional circumstances it may not be possible to cover all of the syllabus on this leg. We have never encountered this situation but if conditions are unfavorable, a make up session to complete the syllabus will be arranged. Approximately 400 nautical miles.
  • Leg 2:   Southport / Gold Coast - Yeppoon - This is the ultimate combination of learning, gaining experience and just plain cruising! We will be covering the 5 day Competent Crew, Dayskipper or Coastal Yachtmaster course on this 8 day leg - so time to learn and time to relax! An 6 day passage trip with an EastSail RYA Yachtmaster Instructor as your cruise director. Ports of call include Moreton Bay, Mooloolaba, the great Sandy Straits and Fraser Coast. Sailing skills will be taught and reinforced in a relaxed atmosphere. Coastal Navigation, satellite navigation, passage planning, pilotage, boat handling skills, provisioning and cooking at sea, basic engineering and maintenance, spinnaker work, reefing, man overboard drills, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, reading, lazing.....you won't want to come home! Approximately 320 nautical miles.
  • Leg 3:  Yeppoon (near Rockhampton) - Hamilton Island - We will be covering the 5 day Competent Crew, Dayskipper or Coastal Yachtmaster on this leg - so time to learn and time to relax! Visit Pearl Bay, Island Head Bay, Percy and Thomas Islands in the tropical Whitsundays region. Navigation, sat nav, passage planning, pilotage, boat handling, basic engineering and maintenance, spinnaker work, reefing, man overboard drills, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, lazing, reading. Approximately 260 miles.
  • Leg 4:  Hamilton Island Race Week and Training Days.
  • Leg 5:  Hamilton Island - Yeppoon (near Rockhampton) - Adventurous spirits are invited to participate in this 6 day exciting voyage through the beautiful Whitsunday, Cumberland and Northumberland Islands from Hamilton Island to Yeppoon. This is the ultimate combination of learning, gaining experience and coral island cruising! The complete Competent Crew, Dayskipper or Coastal Yachtmaster course will be covered on this leg, so time to learn and time to relax! Your RYA Yachtmaster Instructor is your cruise director as you make ports of call at Thomas Island, The Percy Islands, Island Head Bay and Pearl Bay. Sailing skills will be taught and reinforced in a relaxed atmosphere. Coastal Navigation, satellite navigation, passage planning, pilotage, boat handling skills, provisioning and cooking at sea, basic engineering and maintenance, spinnaker work, reefing, man overboard drills, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, reading, lazing.....you won't want to come home! Approximately 260 nautical Miles.
  • Leg 6:  Yeppoon (near Rockhampton) to Southport / Gold Coast - Join us for this challenging voyage from Yeppoon to the Gold Coast. The complete Competent Crew, Dayskipper or Coastal Yachtmaster course will be taught on this leg. This is the ultimate combination of learning, gaining experience and cruising with an EastSail RYA Yachtmaster Instructor as your cruise director. Ports of call include The great Sandy Straits, Fraser Coast, Mooloolaba and Moreton Bay. Sailing skills will be taught and reinforced in a relaxed atmosphere. Coastal Navigation, satellite navigation, passage planning, pilotage, boat handling skills, provisioning and cooking at sea, basic engineering and maintenance, spinnaker work, reefing, man overboard drills, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, reading, lazing.....you won't want to come home! Approx 320 n miles.
  • Leg 7:  Southport - Sydney -Your ticket home...as far as we're concerned, it's the only way to travel! Get your miles up and practice your offshore skills. We will cover the RYA Competent Crew, RYA Dayskipper and RYA Coastal Yachtmaster syllabus with daily sailing drills and theory sessions, but there will be time to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. There will be port entries at places such as Coffs Harbour, Esmerelda Cove on Broughton Island, Port Stephens, Newcastle and Broken Bay (Pittwater). There will also be 1 - 2 nights at sea to experience watch keeping systems. In exceptional circumstances it may not be possible to cover all of the syllabus on this leg. We have never encountered this situation but if conditions are unfavourable a make up session to complete the syllabus will be arranged. Approximately 400 nautical miles.


Port Stephens Regatta April 2017

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Register your interest sail aboard our Beneteau First 40 Breakthrough in the largest regatta in NSW on the beautiful crystal clear waters of Port Stephens. 8 -10 days training / racing / delivery.  Sail Port Stephens is a great opportunity to put your racing skills to the test in one of Australia’s fastest growing regattas. This year, is the regattas 10th anniversary and it is set to have a record number of boats entering!

Combined with race training in Sydney before you depart, the Sail Port Stephens Regatta is a unique and exciting way to learn the skills you need to put you at the front of the fleet. Improve your trimming skills, crew work and tactics and experience sailing with spinnakers and Kevlar racing sails, all while enjoying the breathtaking natural beauty of Port Stephens.

The race

Sail Port Stephens consists of two 3 day regattas on 3rd- 5th and 7- 9th April 2017. We will be entering the Performance Cruising class racing onboard our Beneteau First 40’s. On top of the racing, there will be plenty of social events, local attractions and activities to keep you busy in the dolphin capital of Australia! The yacht will be moored at d’Albora Marina, Port Stephens. If there is interest we will look into hiring a ‘crew house’, or you can find private accommodation.

Pre-race training

Pre-race training will be held in Sydney before the regatta. During these two half day training events we will focus on spinnaker hoisting / dropping, race starts, onboard roles and sail trim.

Yacht deliveries

The yacht will be delivered from Sydney to Port Stephens, on the 1st or 2nd April and returned back to Sydney on the evening of the 9th April, or the next morning (weather dependent). Please let us know if you would like to attend either or both of these deliveries. The deliveries are a great way to build miles and gain valuable offshore experience.

Cost and Registration

Cost is $1895 and we are offering a $100 rebate is you are able to do one of both of the deliveries.

 
For information on our sailing courses contact us on (02) 9327 1166 or training@eastsail.com.au

For other RYA learn to sail courses - see course dates and prices. For terms and conditions click here
For FAQ click here. Our marina is adjacent to the Cruising Yacht Club in Rushcutters Bay.

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