Australia and Thailand
WHITSUNDAYS ASIA PACIFIC MEDITERRANEAN CARIBBEAN NORTH AMERICA
The idea of spending your precious holiday at school is not most WHO CAN LEARN WITH SUNSAIL?
people’s idea of fun - unless it is at one of Sunsail’s Sailing Schools! Our Sailing School is for everyone, from
beginners to seasoned sailors!
Sunsail is committed to making sure you have a great time while you
Our courses are designed for novices,
learn. Many of our students return year after year to enrol in new courses
sailors wanting to refresh their skills or
and also recommend us to their friends, families and colleagues. improve their techniques, and
It is also not uncommon for past students to become valued employees experienced sailors wanting to undertake
of Sunsail. more advanced qualifications. Anyone
over 16 years of age can enrol. Under
Sunsail is one of the world’s oldest Sailing Schools with more than 26 16 year olds can enrol in private courses
years of experience teaching people how to sail and improve their provided they are accompanied by at
yachting skills. least two adults.
Our Sailing Schools originated in the UK and have since shared their Many courses have a minimum amount
of required sea time and some require
winning formula throughout the Americas and Asia Pacific regions.
that you have completed other courses
before starting. Each course description
contains the relevant prerequisites.
ASIA PACIFIC LOCATIONS
Our Sunsail MileCatchers Voyages are a
We now have two schools in the Asia Pacific region: fantastic way to gain sea miles and sea
THE WHITSUNDAYS time needed for more advanced
Situated inside the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of northern Australia. courses, while having the sailing
PHUKET adventure of your life!
Thailand’s largest island and known as ‘the pearl of the Andaman’, it is famous for its Learning to sail can open doors to many
stunning tropical landscapes, relaxed atmosphere, lively nightlife and great shopping. amazing new life experiences.
WHATEVER YOUR REASONS FOR LEARNING TO SAIL, SUNSAIL IS THE PERFECT CHOICE WITH ITS TEAM OF
PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTORS AND SUPERB LOCATIONS.
Learning with Sunsail
OUR COURSES SAFETY FIRST
From both regions we offer a range of RYA courses as well as our own practical Safety is always our number one priority.
Leisure Courses and MileCatchers Voyages. Sunsail’s Sailing Schools are fully
Our Leisure Courses have been designed for those who are not necessarily interested recognised by the Royal Yachting
in gaining formal qualifications but would like to learn for fun, to improve their skills Association (RYA) and our yachts
or to be able to charter their own yacht from any of our 35 destinations worldwide. comply with all Department of Transport
For those who already have sailing experience, our more advanced courses will help Commercial Survey requirements and
you further develop your ability and confidence as well as provide important certifications. Code of Practice for Sail Training Yachts.
The route you will sail during your course will be decided by your instructor based on This means that our safety procedures
weather conditions and suitability for the completion of your course syllabus. and equipment are regularly monitored
to comply with RYA regulations.
All RYA Training Centres are regularly
QUALITY YACHTS YOUR QUALIFICATION inspected for standards of tuition,
All of our courses are taught aboard All RYA courses are accredited with the facilities and equipment.
Sunsail’s fleet of immaculately maintained, Royal Yachting Association and relevant
At Sunsail we always aim to make your
quality yachts. waterways authorities. Therefore your
Sailing School course a safe and
We use Beneteau and Jeanneau and qualifications will be acknowledged by
yachts for their comfort, performance many international sailing organisations.
You are under the supervision of our
and ease of handling. Every student receives a Certificate of
RYA qualified instructors at all times.
Competency or a Statement of Attainment
TOP TUITION upon successful completion of the course. We meet full Department of Transport
These certificates detail the level of safety equipment and survey
Sunsail’s instructors all possess registered
competency achieved and are often requirements
RYA qualifications and accreditations and
are selected for their expertise, experience required as proof for enrolling in additional All yachts have VHF radios
and enthusiasm. courses that have prerequisites attached. Our courses cover all practical safety
Our highly acclaimed teaching programme If you are hoping to pursue a career in aspects on the water
combined with our friendly and fun the sailing and marine industry, it is now
attitude will build your confidence on extremely difficult without qualifications.
the water and help you become Our Sailing School can help you climb
proficient with the theory components. the ladder to achieve your sailing goals.
The Whitsundays, Australia
DIVE INTO THE INFINITE TRANQUIL BEAUTY HAYMAN
The Whitsunday islands are located just 25 miles from the Great Barrier Reef.
Comprising more than 74 primarily uninhabited islands and islets, these tranquil, Stonehaven
turquoise waters are considered some of the finest cruising grounds in Australia HOOK ISLAND
and rival the best in the world.
The islands offer a unique sailing experience - smooth seas, fair winds and an
abundance of protected anchorages surrounded by lush tropical rainforests and NORTH MOLLE
stunning secluded beaches. ISLAND
DAYDREAM Cid Harbour
The region is a mecca for sailing, snorkelling and diving enthusiasts with a myriad HASLEWOOD
ISLAND WHITSUNDAY ISLAND ISLAND
of marine life including tropical fish, turtles, mantarays, dolphins and even migrating AIRLIE ISLAND Whitehaven Beach
humpback whales, plus the colourful coral must be seen to be believed.
LONG ISLAND ISLAND
WHITSUNDAY BASE WIND & SAILING CONDITIONS
Sunsail is based on Hamilton Island, the Sheltered by the magnificent Great MAHER
largest and most popular holiday island Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays offer ISLAND
destination in Australia. It features a smooth seas for spectacular sailing all ISLAND
large range of hotel, apartment and villa year round. With line of sight navigation,
accommodation options, ten cosmopolitan the islands are ideal for novices and
restaurants, a variety of shopping outlets experienced sailors. THOMAS ISLAND
and an extensive range of water, air and From March to September the wind is An example itinerary, weather dependent.
land-based activities. generally south east to east. September
to February brings more north-easterlies. WEATHER
Sun hrs Temp Sun hrs Temp
Access to the Whitsundays is easy with a COURSES AVAILABLE
JAN 13 30ºC JUL 12 23ºC
variety of airlines operating daily flights RYA Competent Crew Course FEB 13 30ºC AUG 12 24ºC
direct to Hamilton Island’s jet airport
RYA Day Skipper Practical MAR 13 29ºC SEP 12 26ºC
from most major Australian cities.
APR 12 28ºC OCT 13 27ºC
Hamilton Island is only a 1.5 hour direct RYA Coastal Skipper Practical
MAY 12 26ºC NOV 13 29ºC
flight from Brisbane, 2.5 hours from MileCatchers Voyages JUN 12 23ºC DEC 13 30ºC
Sydney and 3.5 hours from Melbourne.
Average daily sunshine hours - Average maximum temperature
LOSE YOURSELF IN THE PLEASURE OF DISCOVERY
Take exquisite cuisine, add a wealth of sea and land recreational activities and you
have the recipe for one of the best yachting destinations in the world.
Our cruising ground and Sailing School classroom in Thailand’s southwest stretches
from Phuket to Phang Nga Bay and the myriad of islands and anchorages as far Phang Nga Bay KUDU YAI
south as Tarutao near the Malaysian border. HONG
PHUKET BASE WIND & SAILING CONDITIONS NAKA YAI Krabi Town
PHUKET Ao Nang
Located at the Boat Lagoon on the east Thailand’s Sailing School operates from Sapam Bay
coast of Phuket, our sail training area March to October when there is slightly KOH
boasts stunning bays and beaches more wind and ideal sailing conditions. Patong RANG YAI
around more than 1,000 islands which There can be some rainy periods which
rise dramatically from the Andaman Sea. only last 1 to 2 hours late PHI PHI ISLANDS
On land, the local area features many afternoon/evening.
superb hotels, mouth-watering
restaurants and a colourful, vibrant and COURSES AVAILABLE KOH KOH
RACHA YAI LANTA YAI
cultural nightlife. RYA Competent Crew Course
North of our base in the Boat Lagoon at RYA Day Skipper Practical
Sapam Bay Phuket you enter Phang Nga RYA Coastal Skipper Practical
Bay, a protected, stunning cruising area An example itinerary, weather dependent.
RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper Examination
with a fantastic gallery of giant limestone
Yachtmaster Preparation Course
rocks rising out of emerald waters. WEATHER
plus RYA/MCA examination
Sun hrs Temp Sun hrs Temp
GETTING THERE MileCatchers Voyages JAN 8 32ºC JUL 8 32ºC
Serviced by daily flights to and from FEB 8 33ºC AUG 7 32ºC
Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, MAR 10 34ºC SEP 6 31ºC
Penang and Singapore, our Thailand APR 10 35ºC OCT 7 31ºC
base is easily accessible no matter MAY 9 34ºC NOV 7 31ºC
where you are coming from. JUN 8 33ºC DEC 7 31ºC
Average daily sunshine hours - Average maximum temperature
RYA COMPETENT CREW RYA DAY SKIPPER RYA COASTAL SKIPPER
COURSE PRACTICAL PRACTICAL
THE WHITSUNDAYS AND PHUKET THE WHITSUNDAYS AND PHUKET THE WHITSUNDAYS AND PHUKET
COST PER PERSON COST PER PERSON COST PER PERSON
AUD $1,200 THAI BAHT 32,000 AUD $1,200 THAI BAHT 32,000 AUD $1,200 THAI BAHT 32,000
LEVEL Beginner LEVEL Intermediate LEVEL
Advanced Preparation Course for the
DURATION 5 days DURATION 5 days
RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper Examination
DURATION 5 days
The Whitsundays - Sundays The Whitsundays - Sundays
Phuket - Sundays Phuket - Sundays START
The Whitsundays - Sundays
ASSUMED EXPERIENCE ASSUMED EXPERIENCE
Phuket - Sundays
Little or none 5 days sea time, 100 miles, 4 night
hours, basic navigation and sailing ability. ASSUMED EXPERIENCE
15 days sea time (2 days as skipper),
300 miles, 8 night hours, navigation to
Coastal Skipper shore based standard,
sailing to Day Skipper Practical standard
COURSE AIMS COURSE AIMS COURSE AIMS
To introduce the complete beginner to To improve your sailing Become an accomplished skipper
cruising under sail Pilot and navigate in tidal waters Ability to manage a crew
Put you at ease onboard a yacht Selecting and reefing sails Improve navigation skills
Move on to extended sailing areas
To open up a whole range of new Interpreting shipping forecasts
holiday and recreational experiences Cope with more challenging conditions
We recommend that you read the
Emergency situations RYA log book G15 for the full syllabus.
COURSE CONTENT COURSE CONTENT COURSE CONTENT
Nautical terms Sail handling Preparation for sea Deck work Preparation for sea Deck work
Mooring Rope work Rules of the road Navigation Rules of the road Maintenance
Fire precautions Safety Maintenance Pilotage Pilotage Victualling
Man overboard Distress Passage making Victualling Lights and shapes Meteorology
Using a tender Weather Yacht handling under power and sail Emergency situations
Helmsmanship Sailing Anchoring and mooring
Navigation and chart work
Yacht handling under power and sail
Passage planning and preparation for
NOTES NOTES NOTES
Requirement to gain RYA Certificate at 10 days, 200 miles, 8 night hours. On successful completion of the 5 day
end of course: Approximately half of these requirements refresher course you will be awarded the
5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours. will be covered during the course. Course Completion Certificate.
These will be all covered during a 5 day Additional requirement to gain RYA/MCA
30 days, 800 miles, 12 night hours and
2 days as skipper. Restricted (VHF)
Radio Operator’s Licence, First Aid
Certificate PLUS successfully complete
and pass the two-day exam.
RYA / MCA Courses
ROYAL YACHTING ASSOCIATION
RYA/MCA COASTAL SKIPPER YACHTMASTER (RYA)
EXAMINATION PREPARATION COURSE RYA stands for the Royal Yachting
PLUS RYA/MCA EXAMINATION Association. It is the UK governing body
representing sailing, windsurfing, motor
PHUKET PHUKET boating, powerboat racing and personal
watercraft, at sea and on inland waters,
and the RYA’s accreditations are
COST PER PERSON COST PER PERSON
THAI BAHT 17,500 - payable locally THAI BAHT 32,000 recognised throughout the international
LEVEL Advanced LEVEL Advanced The RYA scheme comprises a series of
DURATION DURATION 5 days and 5 nights complementary practical and shore-
Run as a 2 day exam over weekend Run as a 2 day exam over weekend based courses for power and sail, for
6 to 10 hours for one candidate 8 to 12 hours for one candidate, which Course Completion Certificates
8 to 14 hours for two candidates 10 to 18 hours for two candidates are awarded.
START START You can enjoy them simply to increase
Phuket - Saturday following the last Coastal Phuket - Monthly, last course of month
your knowledge and confidence, or use
Skipper Completion Course each month ASSUMED EXPERIENCE them as a progression to the RYA/MCA
ASSUMED EXPERIENCE 20 days , 2500 miles in tidal waters,
Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence,
20 days sea time, 400 miles in tidal waters, 12 night hours, 2 days as skipper
12 night hours, 2 days as skipper Several passages by day and night which are recognised by maritime
Several passages by day and night authorities worldwide.
For more information on the RYA
COURSE AIMS COURSE AIMS log on to: www.rya.org.uk
To make you an accomplished skipper Prepare you for the 2 day exam
Ability to manage a crew
Improve navigation skills FINDING THE RIGHT COURSE
Help you to move on to extended FOR YOU
Before booking a course you should
Cope with more challenging conditions
look carefully at the experience
requirement and discuss with Sunsail
COURSE CONTENT COURSE CONTENT your level of ability, goals and aims.
Preparation for sea Deckwork Put you through your paces/ The intention of our courses is to
Rules of the road Navigation experience various scenarios improve your ability and allow you to
Maintenance Pilotage Offshore passage planning gain more enjoyment from yachting.
Victualling Offshore navigation Attempting a course above your level of
Yacht Handling under power and sail We recommend that students read the ability is counter-productive and will be
Passage planning and making RYA logbook G15 for full details of less use to you than one which is
Plus, 2 day exam more realistically pitched at your level.
You can enter the Sail Cruising Scheme
at any stage according to your
knowledge and experience.
NOTES NOTES Extra learning resources such as
Requirement to gain RYA / MCA Requirement to gain RYA/MCA certificate handbooks, training CDs, videos and
certificate at end of exam: at end of exam: DVDs can be purchased either
30 days sea time, 800 miles in tidal 50 days, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles through Sunsail or the RYA.
waters, 12 night hours, 2 days as skipper. in tidal waters and have logged 5
Several passages by day and night. passages of over 60 miles including 2
Restricted (VHF) Radio Operators overnight and 2 as a skipper.
Licence. First Aid Certificate PLUS the two In addition, students must hold a
day exam. Restricted VHF License and a First Aid
Certificate PLUS pass the 2-day exam.
ACCOMMODATION FOOD AND PROVISIONING WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Staying on board All meals on board are included in course For a sailing course we suggest that you
Your course cost includes accommodation costs. Included are all breakfasts, travel light as yacht stowage space is
onboard your training yacht. This is a fun lunches and evening meals. limited. Folding/soft bags should be
and social way to complete your course Note: Vegetarians and those with special used as there is no storage for suitcases.
as you get a true feel for yachting life. dietary needs can be catered for. Dress standards throughout our cruising
(Prior notification required).
Our yachts are comfortable and all have area are informal.
Beverages are not included in course costs.
modern galleys, cabins and bathrooms. We Recommend
You will need to cater for yourself the
Note: The yacht is available as accommodation evening prior to your course. High factor protection sun cream
from 5.00pm on the Sunday evening prior to
your course commencement and until 9.00am
BED LINEN Sunglasses
Saturday the day after your course is finished.
Sheets, blankets and bath towels are Long sleeved shirts and light trousers
Staying in a local hotel provided for you on RYA courses and if you catch the sun easily
If you prefer to stay in a local hotel or MileCatchers Voyages. However, you will Sailing Log Book (if you have one)
resort either side of your course, the need to bring your own beach towel. Smart casual clothes for dining ashore
Sunsail Reservations Team can assist
you with recommended accommodation NON-SAILING ACTIVITIES
to suit your style and budget. Your RYA sailing course syllabus is based
around a 5 day training programme.
ADDITIONAL LUGGAGE Soft white-soled or non-skid deck shoes
If you have any additional requests,
As storage space is limited on the yacht, such as Scuba Diving while on the Camera
both the Whitsunday and Phuket base course, please discuss this with your Personal toiletries
offices have facilities to store suitcases instructor. Remember that completion Any medication you may require
and additional luggage you may carry for of all course components will be the Jacket or tracksuit for evenings in the
your travels. priority for most clients and the cooler months
instructor’s decision will be based on Light waterproofs
the whole crew’s requirements.
BASE TRANSFERS NATIONAL PARK FEES SUNSAIL TRAVEL INSURANCE
The Whitsundays During your RYA course you will You don’t need to take Sunsail-specific
A Sunsail representative will be available experience unique National Park areas in travel insurance. However you will need
to meet you at the Hamilton Island Airport both Phuket and the Whitsundays. to have travel insurance to participate in
or the Ferry Terminal. The Whitsundays one of our courses, and you do need to
Please advise our Reservations Team of check that your insurance will cover you
A government Marine Park Tax of
your flight or ferry details in advance of for activities such as sailing, offshore
approx. AUD$20 is included in your
your arrival. yacht sailing and/or racing as well as the
standard medical insurance and
Phuket Phuket cancellation cover.
Transfers with a Sunsail driver to and from A National Park fee of 200 baht per Sunsail’s insurance offers you complete
the airport to the base can be arranged. person may be collected by the park cover for all aspects of your holiday.
The fare from the Phuket Airport to the wardens when visiting this area.
Sunsail Base (one-way) is 450 Thai Baht.
Each student is responsible for this cost. INOCULATIONS
Please contact us to pre-book your
transfers. MOBILE PHONES
Transfers to other hotels or destinations Mobile phone chargers can be used on
can also be arranged. Please contact us Phuket
yachts. The car phone charger type can
for pricing details. be used and plugged into the 12 volt Health requirements change so make
cigarette lighter socket on board. sure you have the most up to date
MARINA BERTHING FEES information by checking with your GP
Our RYA routes are based on overnight well in advance of travel.
Mobile coverage is very patchy and once
anchorages. However, should the crew
out of sight of the mainland, it is poor.
decide to stay in a marina, all marina
fees must be paid directly by the crew Phuket
to the marina before departure. Mobile phone reception is available in
most of the sailing area. Please make
sure that you have an up to date roaming
agreement with your service provider.
Our MileCatchers Voyages are a unique initiative to allow sailing enthusiasts the
opportunity to accrue sea miles while learning valuable offshore sailing skills under SUNSAIL MILECATCHERS
the tuition of Sunsail’s professional instructors.
Sunsail MileCatchers Voyages run regularly throughout the year aboard our fleet of
luxury Beneteau and Jeanneau yachts amongst some of the most untouched sailing
grounds in the world.
THE WHITSUNDAYS AND PHUKET
In a completely interactive environment, you will learn techniques in coastal
navigation, sail handling, rope work, watch keeping, safety precautions, meteorology COST PER PERSON
and much, much more. Contact Sunsail for voyage prices
Completion of a Sunsail MileCatchers Voyage gives you the ability to log
approximately 500 NM. LEVEL Intermediate
DURATION Average 10-14 days
(weather and specific voyage dependent)
MileCatchers Voyages run between a Our Asian MileCatchers offer a very There are a variety of MileCatchers Voyages
variety of Queensland coastal destinations unique opportunity to sail from: offered in both Australia and Thailand.
including Fraser Island, Hamilton Island, Langkawi (Malaysia) to Contact our Reservations Team for
Port Douglas, Lizard Island and Cape York. departure dates.
Sabana Cove (Malaysia)
There are many amazing island and ASSUMED EXPERIENCE
Sabana Cove (Malaysia) to RYA Competent Crew or equivalent
Great Barrier Reef stops along the way. Koh Samui (Thailand)
Hamilton Island to Port Douglas Koh Samui (Thailand) to
Port Douglas to Cape York Sabana Cove (Malaysia) COURSE AIMS
Cape York to Port Douglas Sabana Cove (Malaysia) to Sea miles gained onboard a commercial
Port Douglas to Hamilton Island Langkawi (Malaysia) vessel. Your instructor will be able to sign
off your logged miles, which can be used
Hamilton Island to Fraser Island Langkawi (Malaysia) to
to gain further qualifications or complete
Fraser Island to Hamilton Island Phuket (Thailand) courses currently being studied.
Please contact us or visit www.sunsail.com.au for MileCatchers calendars.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR COURSE BOOKING DETAILS REQUIRED
Please have the following information ready:
1. Select your choice of course, date and location in which you would like to enrol. Full name of passengers:
2. Telephone or email our RESERVATIONS OFFICE on the following: Date of birth:
Australia Course/voyages commencement date:
Phone Tollfree (within Australia) 1800 803 988 Arrival details:
Phone (outside Australia) +61 (0)7 4948 9509 Any special dietary requirements:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Passport numbers if travelling overseas.
Phone +66 76 239 057
If you have cause to cancel or make
major changes to your booking, charges
3. You can make your reservation over the telephone or by email, where you will will be incurred according to the amount
be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm your place. This can be of notice received by Sunsail before the
paid by credit card, direct debit or cheque. course start date.
4. Confirmation of your reservation will be sent to you within 7 working days of Period of Notice Charge Incurred
paying your deposit. You will also be sent a booking form, which must be Over 70 days Deposit only
completed and returned to the Sunsail Booking Office within 7 days. 70-43 days 40% of total course costs
42-15 days 60% of total course costs
5. Your final payment is required 70 days prior to the commencement of your course. Under 14 days 100% of total course costs
BOOKING CONDITIONS Clients should note that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard guests, we cannot be responsible for any damage, personal injury or loss
due to the actions of passengers that are beyond our control. All cruises are subject to weather and Sunsail’s discretion. We recommend that all clients take out travel insurance.
We reserve the right to substitute vessels without notice at any time for any reason. Tickets are non-refundable, however may be transferable to another passenger upon arrangement.
All listed prices are valid from 1 April 2006 until 31 March 2007. Rates are subject to change without notice.
Phone Tollfree 1800 803 988
Phone +61 (0)7 4948 9509
Phone +66 76 239 057
Pat Collinge, Glenn Gibson, Jonathan Smith, Richard Neall, Ingrid Abery, Phillip Collins, Al Peasley, Roy Roberts, Gary Blake, Jon Nash,
G Martin Raget, Gareth Eyres, Mike Austin, Richard Langdon, Shay Routh, William Borel, Nicolas Claris, Jean-Marie Robert Bancharelle.
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