Flotilla Sailing Adventures
Have you ever wanted to sail further? Be a part of an exciting new adventure....
Thousands of adventurers have chartered the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and Sunsail Whitsundays is now making it possible for charterers to venture further afield.
About a Flotilla
This is the next level of sailing experience. You will be visiting spectacular North Coast Anchorages, remote coastal resorts and snorkelling on the outer Great Barrier Reef.
You will be sailing in company with other chartered bareboats with the confidence of knowing that you are guided by an experienced Master Mariner aboard our lead vessel.
You will have a pre-departure route planned, daily navigation and activity updates with the lead vessel. You will also have on call support and open channel radio communications with your lead vessel at all times.
Day One: Check in briefing & welcome party
Arrive mid afternoon to our base in the tranquil Shute Harbour. Be greeted by your flotilla leader & our reception staff. Our Staff will show you aboard your vessel where you will be given time to familiarise yourself on your boat.
Later that afternoon we will have begin the welcome party, this is where you will meet your fellow sailors & our lead vessel operator will go through a brief of the itinerary.
Once the brief is complete, you may go back to socialising and enjoying the start of your fantastic new sailing adventure.
Day Two: Hook Island Northern Bay
Wake to beauty in Shute Harbour, enjoy your first breakfast aboard your vessel, followed by a briefing on the operation of your vessel and then prepare to set sail through the Whitsundays to your first nights anchorage, Hook Island.
Once you arrive at Hook Island you may be itching to jump out and explore your first stop. The northern bays of Hook Island are perfect for swimming & snorkelling around the fringing reefs. You may even want to get out your kayaks and stand up paddle boards. (Available to hire)
Day Three: Hook Reef (outer Great Barrier Reef)
Now that we have explored the fringing reefs of Hook Island we will venture off together to our next night’s anchorage, the outer Great Barrier Reef.
Hook Reef has amazing of coral and marine life for you to explore. Enjoy your social sundowners for the night out on the reef waking up to pure harmony.
Day Four: Cape Gloucester via Gloucester Passage
In the morning we will take off towards the Gloucester passage heading towards our next stop Cape Gloucester.
You will be close enough to paddle or tender to the mainland and use the resort facilities, where we will also have our dinner ashore.
Day Five: Cape Gloucester & Gloucester Island
You will have a full day to explore the island and relax doing whatever you wish.
Day Six: Gloucester Island to Double Bay
Double bay is fairly calm and perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding and even fishing.
Day Seven: Double Bay to Shute Harbour
Once we have arrived in Shute Harbour we will commence your debrief on the trip.
Even though all good things have come to an end, you will have a couple of treasures to take home with you... You would have made friends for life with some likeminded people and memories of experiencing Whitsundays with Sunsail Whitsundays.
Q&A about Flotillas
What are the differences between a regular bareboat charter & a flotilla?
Bareboating in the Whitsundays is a unique type of holidaying experience. You choose a vessel size and type most suitable for your group and skipper it yourself around the Whitsunday cruising area.
Flotillas are similar in a way, only we allow you to charter further than a regular bareboat holiday. You will charter with fellow like-minded sailors through the Whitsundays and to the outer Great Barrier Reef.
Why should I do a flotilla instead of a regular bareboat charter?
A lot of charterers have already done the Whitsundays multiple times, while it is still wonderful to see the islands within our charter limits; we have made it possible to do both as part of a flotilla get the best of both while chartering with Sunsail Whitsundays.
You will see some of the unique islands that surround the Whitsundays including the outer Great Barrier Reef.
What is the experience requirements needed to attend?
Each vessel requires one person onboard that has at least ten days or 200 NM as a skipper on an equivalent sized yacht or an RYA Day Skipper certificate.
However, if you are not yet confident or experienced the alternative to do is hire a sail guide to embark on this journey with you. They can do as little or as much sailing required by you, they will be there to assist with anything you need as a second mate.
Will there be any free time during this flotilla?
Yes, each stop you will have the freedom to explore the anchorage on your own or as a group.
Will there be any social activities?
Yes, plenty of opportunities to socialise. Meal times and the time you take to explore can be done with other flotilla sailors. Including at your welcome drinks and BBQ and dining ashore at Cape Gloucester.
Do we need to hire the whole boat?
We have two options available for flotillas; you can sail by the cabin or hire the whole vessel. Sailing by the cabin is ideal for the guests who are travelling on their own or who want to journey aboard the lead vessel, with nothing to this about except enjoying the experience.
The whole boat option is available to those who have the required amount of experience and need to accommodate for a larger amount of people. If you do not have the required amount of experience but still need the space of a larger vessel you may hire a sail guide.
Be amongst the first bareboat charterers to venture out to the Great Barrier Reef and explore spectacular and rarely visited bays and islands. So many people dream of ‘Cruising’ the Coral Coast and visiting the outer Great Barrier Reef. This is your chance to live that dream.