Sailing Resources and Tips

  • Sailing Sydney Harbour on our Jeanneau 40

    The Jeanneau 40 is a great vessel for cruising Sydney Harbour. But many a time, clients are not sure whether to take this magnificent model out for a bareboat charter or a skippered yacht charter! You will be pleased to know that Jeanneau 40 is one of the few yachts on the Harbour that can host both a bareboat sailing experience and a skippered yacht charter!

    Sail Sydney on Jeanneau 40 on at Lavender Bay


    One of the reasons Jeanneau 40 is a great choice for both bareboat charter and skippered yacht charter options is the expertise required in sailing the vessel. The designers used sailing modern technology that is much easier to handle. Indeed, anyone looking for a bareboat sailing experience must have the required licenses. Whether you have sailed for years on end, or for just a while, you will find that the yacht is very easy to sail. The same goes for the skippered yacht charter.

    Sail Sydney on Jeanneau 40 on the Harbour

    On-board features

    The on-board features the yacht brags of are perfect for both skippered yacht charter and bareboat charter options. For instance, the galley is well fitted. A five star chef can work perfectly in the galley, producing tasty and delicious meals for guests in a skippered yacht charter that allows for crew members. On the other hand, if on a bareboat sailing adventure, you will still have access to the galley, to prepare your meals as you see fit.

    Sail Sydney on Jeanneau 40 on the Harbour


    The Jeanneau 40 is also very spacious. The upside of this for a skippered yacht charter is that the yacht is quite roomy and there's no need for an additional deckhand! You can sit back and relax on the expansive deck or gather around the cockpit and enjoy some nibblies. In a bareboat charter, you will enjoy all this space to yourself. Guest numbers are still limited to 11 for each charter however, you will have the yacht to yourself to explore Sydney Harbour on your own terms. Click HERE if you would like to see all of our bareboat charter packages.

    Our Jeanneau 40 is without a doubt a great choice for a charter yacht. The best part is that you can have your choice of either a bareboat charter and skippered yacht charter experience on the boat!

  • The Newest Sail Sydney Yacht in Our Fleet

    Any yacht enthusiast gets excited by the thought of a new vessel. Well, if you love yachts, then you can officially get excited as a new yacht has recently been added into the Sailcorp fleet. Pier to Pier is not only modern, but it is pretty much suitable for both a bareboat charter and a skippered charter; making it one convenient vessel. You can, thus, enjoy your sail Sydney adventures in any type of weather.

    Sail Sydney with Pier to Pier

    The main saloon has some large comfortable couches, perfect for a relaxing vacation. The area also has a great entertainment system comprising a flat screen TV and one of the best sound systems in the market. Sit on the comfortable couches, put your legs up and enjoy a nice movie during your skippered charter on Pier to Pier. Alternatively, you can put in your favourite CD and dance to your favourite tunes all through your skippered charter.Sail Sydney with Pier to Pier


    Pier to Pier also has a nice swimming platform that you can enjoy. Jump right into the water during your sail Sydney alongside your friends and family members. If you pick our bareboat charter, do not feel shy to turn off the engines and enjoy exploring the clear waters next to Taronga Zoo.  Sit at the large rear deck and get as many holiday pictures as possible as you pass under the beautiful Harbour Bridge during your sail Sydney experience. Sail Sydney with Pier to Pier

    The yacht has a state of the art galley that you can access all through your sail Sydney. As you sail Sydney, whether on a bareboat charter or a skippered charter, you can serve your guests with their favourite food and drinks. In a skippered charter, you can take up our catering services, where a five star rated chef can prepare your meals. You will also have access to several eskies all through both your bareboat charter and skippered charter.

    Sail Sydney with Pier to Pier

    If you are looking for a sail Sydney experience that will knock your boots off, then sail Sydney on Pier to Pier is a must. Click HERE if you would like to see our bareboat charter packages or HERE for our Skippered Sailing packages.

  • Bareboat Charter or Skippered Sailing?

    Any person looking to cruise around Sydney debates, at some point, on whether to take up a skippered yacht charter or a bareboat charter. If you are reading this, you probably have asked yourself which is best suited for you. Indeed, in order to fully enjoy your cruises, you have to understand that the best type of sailing depends entirely on you. Here are a couple of things you should think about when making your choice:Romantic Sail package

    1. Sailing Experience

    The first thing you have to cross off the list is your sailing experience. If you know how to sail and can handle yourself well on the water, then you can consider taking up bareboat sailing. With bareboat sailing, you will have the yacht all to yourself. It is important that you are able to cruise through different weather conditions on your own. On the other hand, if you have little or no experience, then do take up the skippered sailing offer. In skippered sailing, a professional skipper will take care of the navigation and handling of the yacht.

    If you are a tourist visiting Sydney, you do not necessarily have to have a license. It helps, but a demonstration of your skills is more important.

    Romantic Sunset Sail

    1. Local Knowledge

    Another factor that will be considered if you are looking at bareboat sailing is your local knowledge of the Harbour. There are a few reefs in the Harbour and some well-known treacherous spots. It is important that you are aware of these spots to avoid running aground. After all, your aim is to enjoy yourself. If you are not confident with your local knowledge then you’re probably better off taking up the skippered sailing package.

    Bareboat Charter on Bavaria 34

    1. Type of Event/Cruise

    The type of cruise you are looking into will also determine whether you should take up the skippered sailing or bareboat sailing offers. If you are having a big event, then skippered sailing is your best bet as the crew will help you with your guests. If you are having an event with a few family and friends, then you can take up bareboat sailing. The seawind 1000 for example can host up to 20 guests on a skippered charter however, is limited to 12 guests on a bareboat charter.

    Bareboat charter on seawind 1000 Harbour Bridge background

    1. Time

    The duration of the boat hire is also very important to consider. You would prefer bareboat sailing if your cruise is long. For overnight and extended charters for example, it would be impractical to have a skipper on board. On the other hand, in order to completely enjoy a short cruise, consider taking up the skippered sailing offer. If you are only looking at being out on the water for 4-8 hours, then the skippered sailing packages will give you the freedom to sit back, relax and enjoy everything that Sydney has to offer!

    Another option you may want to consider is a private cruise on a luxury yacht or catamaran. Agents such as Any Boat and Luxury Boat Hire specialise in private Harbour cruises.

  • Yacht Owner's Favourite Fashion Cruising Brands

    Whether you are in it for the exciting and adventurous sailing regattas, or for the relaxing experience, apparel and the sailing fashion you own and wear during your sailing adventures are very important. Different types of sailing cruises will require different clothing. You will need some durable outfits for that sailing regatta you are looking to join, while at the same, need some classy sportswear for soaking in the summer sun on the deck of your yacht. Sailing fashion is a serious thing and below are some of the more popular classic cruising brands that you should have for your next cruise.


    Best for intense sailing cruises and regattas, Dubarry are well-known for their durable sailing footwear. This sailing fashion brand combines traditional and modern materials to come up with not only durable, but also very comfortable footwear. Yacht owners with vessels with delicate floors will be pleased to know that they can find the best footwear from Dubarry. The Marco x LT Deck Shoe is perfect for fair weather while the Crosshaven Sailing Boot is perfect for the rough seas. Sailing Fashion


    Musto is well known for classy and stylish leisurewear. One of the best features of the Musto sportswear is their practicality. With over 50 years of experience in designing outfits fit for proper sailing, the brand is a must have to all seeking to look and feel good during their sailing experience. Musto also teamed up with W. L. Gore to create durable, classy and breathable sportswear that are perfect for all types of weather. You can look at the LPX Gore-Tex Jacket for fair weather and the MPX Gore-Tex Offshore Jacket for stormy weather.

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    Sperry is another great sailing fashion brand for sailing footwear. The Sperry 7 Pro Boat Shoe is perfect for stormy weather while the Authentic Original 2-eye boat shoe is great for stormy weather. All their products are durable, comfortable and stylish. Sailing Fashion

    Henri Lloyd

    With practicality and style in mind, all designs from Henri Lloyd give you a dreamy connection with the water. The brand is very popular with famous cruisers such as Sir Francis Chichester, who choose Henri Lloyd designs every so often. Check out their Elite Offshore Jacket for stormy weather and their Cool Breeze Jacket for fair weather.

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    Helly Hansen

    Known for their high performance, protective and stylish designs, Helly Hansen are another must have for any yacht owner. Check out their Daeg Jacket for fair weather and Aegir Race Jacket for the stormy weather. You will most definitely love their Scandinavian designs due to their authenticity.

    Sailing Fashion

    We are fairly serious about sailing and whether you are out on a bareboat charter or skippered yacht charter, looking the part is just as important as playing the part!

  • Some Helpful Tips for Whitsundays Sailing!

    At Sailcorp, we are passionate about sailing and have a broad outlook. Australia is such a vast country and we hope to promote the ideal Whitsundays sailing experience. Whitsundays is one of the most outstanding places to visit in Australia. Now that you have decided to go explore the many islands there, you are probably wondering what you need to enjoy your adventure. Since Whitsundays is in the tropics, you are probably also wondering what to expect. Indeed, there are several things you have to consider, and I have highlighted some common questions about Whitsundays sailing that you probably have.

    When is the best time to go on a Whitsundays sailing tour?

    To really enjoy Whitsundays sailing, I suggest you go during winter the Australian winter. Whereas the summer weather is perfect for the perfect tan, you will find the tropical weather is perfect to get some sun in the winter months.

    Apart from the privacy you will get, and the space for exploration, a winter cruise will also allow you to enjoy some of the benefits that the military training that happens at the same time has. Due to the training, however, some areas will be restricted meaning you might have to consider an overnight cruise outside the restricted areas. You might also have to wait for several hours at Keppel Bay if you are using your own yacht.

    Do not be unrealistic in your planning especially for people interested in visiting each of the islands in Whitsundays. Make sure your return trip falls between October and November in order to manage unrealistic expectations.

    Whitsundays sailing

    If I am using my boat, how do I prepare it?

    First, you must ensure that the boat is working well by getting a full and professional mechanic inspect it. Then, you have to make sure that the boat has all the equipment and tools you will need. To make sure you have everything, check the Yachting Association Rule Book, which has highlighted all items you will need in your boat when you start the cruise. You also need to be aware of Queensland’s cruising laws that dictate the pollution, registration, marine parking and license regulations.

    Should I always be under a shade during the cruise?

    Since your Whitsundays sailing will be in a tropical area, you might need shade from time to time. Hired yachts will have awnings that allow you to stay outside but away from the sun. If you are using your own boat and it does not have an awning, consider purchasing a removable one before your trip. Also get a larger awning for the main cabin for when you anchor.

    Where do I anchor?

    It is true that Whitsundays has coral everywhere, and that anchoring on corals is not recommended. However, getting other better options is almost impossible so you will have to anchor in ‘corally’ grounds. Use an all chain 30-40m rode to make sure it does not chafe. Make sure that you do not block other sailors though. Ensure that you have the plough type anchor as it easily penetrates hard ground. Backup anchors and ropes are recommended.

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    What type of yacht/boat is best?

    You have two options here really. The first is a strong and heavy yacht that can be anchored on coral easily. The second option is a lighter boat that can be easily carried/pulled to shore. For the second option, make sure that whereas light, the boat can handle the different water conditions that you will face during your Whitsundays sailing.

    What should I know about navigation in Whitsundays?

    Always plan to move with the tide during your Whitsundays sailing as the tides are very strong. They tend to rise to the south and ebb towards the north. Do not let the size of your boat fool you, always check the tides in Whitsundays. Back-bearings and GPS are important, but make sure you know how to plot a course to allow tidal set if you are the skipper of the day. It is also easier to sail at slack water and when wind and tide are together as the waters are less rough.

    How do I handle the weather conditions?

    Since the winter trade wind blows throughout Whitsundays, you will find that you have to shorten sail often to keep steady. Shortening sails on time will turn a frightening experience into an uncomfortable experience. Make sure you have good reefing systems and small headsails to ensure stability. If you do not have much experience sailing, you can also consider just hiring a professional skipper.

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    Why should I consider getting a crew?

    Whitsundays is beautiful and you want to enjoy everything it has to offer during your Whitsundays sailing. For this reason, it is recommended that you get a skipper to make sure you do not focus on safely sailing your guests while miss out on the beautiful scenery. If you are going for a vacation, get enough crew to ensure you have a good time. If getting your hand on the wheel during your vacation is undebatable, you can talk to the skipper to sail from time to time during your Whitsundays sailing.

    What should I expect?

    Have realistic expectations. In regard to Whitsundays sailing, you will experience some strong winds that can make the experience uncomfortable if not handled well. However, you will still have a great time. The Whitsundays are magical and fun, and you and your friends and family are in for a treat.

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