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10 days of sailing Australia's stunning Whitsunday Islands
11th - 21st November 2024

Whitsundays are an idyllic sailing paradise

Embark on a sailing holiday in the Whitsundays, an Australian archipelago of 74 islands known for idyllic islands featuring pristine beautiful beaches and crystalline waters. Whitsundays are in the book '50 Places to Sail before you die'. Navigate through this tropical paradise, exploring vibrant coral reefs and encountering diverse marine life.

With its breathtaking landscapes and perfect sailing conditions, the Whitsundays offers a unique and tranquil getaway for those seeking the thrill of a sailing adventure in a top world-class setting.

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Summer in the Great Barrier Reef

November in the Whitsunday Islands is the beginning of Australian summer, featuring warming seas and air temperatures. Air temps range from 24-28 degrees Celsius or 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Australian Summer known for rain yet this area's average is 4-6 days of precipitation in November.

 

Whitsundays are located in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO heritage site. Said to host 10% of all fish on our planet in comfortably warm clear turquoise waters. In addition to sailing, can SUP, snorkel and dive to fully experience this downunder treasure.

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The price quoted is for 10 days for a cabin that can sleep up to 2 people. The payment can be paid in 2 parts. If so choose, the 2nd part is paid first week of September. Participants share the costs aboard each boat. Cost of moorage, food and fuel are split between those aboard, giving freedom of menus, to choose when to motor, or where to stay. We go to the same places, but, some may moor, some dock, others anchor. Some dinghy in to eat ashore, others cook aboard. There are 2 potluck meals for the whole group aboard one of the boats.

Skippers are required at minimum to hold ASA 114 with an IPC in hand. All participants need some sailing language to be comfortable aboard. Minimum required is our 2-day Basic Keelboat (BK1) to qualify as competent crew, or test out of this requirement. Recommend taking ASA 101. More courses increase everyone's fun but are not mandatory. With BK1 or ASA 101, new sailors can understand what is going on, how to help, and they get the jokes. Knowledge is the best defense for seasickness.

 

If you've completed ASA 103 it's possible to take ASA 104 and/or ASA 114 courses during the trip for an additional $550 per certification.

Plan to join, at least by Zoom, a fun Australian themed dinner party. Those going get a chance to meet each other, share and coordinate flight/travel information, discuss ideas for the itinerary.  After the trip, we regather at Afterguard to share images and experiences, inviting friends and Afterguard sailors who love to hear the stories.

We have the option to rent scuba tanks to take aboard the boats that want them. There is a dive shop in the same building as the charter company. SUP's can be rented from the charter company and Snorkeling equipment is provided for all boats as a primary recreation for the stops on the itinerary. Some sites are worth it to strap on a tank to stay underwater as long as possible to watch the show the amazing sea life puts on. The Barrier Reef is the best diving experience in the world.

 

I dove 3 reefs in the Herron Island area in 1988. Since, have experienced diving in many locations around the world since. None have topped the Barrier Reef. We will get local advice from both the charter company and dive shop to pick the best stops for our group's interests to finalize the flotilla itinerary. Whitehaven beach advises to bring your jewelry to shine it up. The silicate sand is the color of snow. Don't take any sand with you or you can be fined. It must be awesome. We can choose from high end resorts or empty anchorages. For snorkeling and diving - over the 10 days, means we can go in the water when the weather and water clarity are optimum. Diving is bonus, not required.

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