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14 March 2019 | New Zealand

New Zealand Sailing Experience

There are plenty of reasons why you should make New Zealand your next holiday destination. And, one of the biggest attractions when New Zealand is concerned is undoubtedly sailing. This rich and colorful country provides a great range of sailing options, for all kinds of budgets and adrenaline junkies. [...]

25 February 2019 | Queensland

Everything to Know About Sailing in Whitsundays Queensland, Australia

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a beginner, Whitsundays is the right place for you. Besides beautiful beaches and sailing, Whitsundays is known as a place for snorkelling, hiking and fishing. But for sailors, Whitsundays offers a one-of-a-kind experience due to its incredible compilation of [...]

New Zealand Sailing Experience

14 March 2019 | New Zealand
Stella van Lane
There are plenty of reasons why you should make New Zealand your next holiday destination. And, one of the biggest attractions when New Zealand is concerned is undoubtedly sailing. This rich and colorful country provides a great range of sailing options, for all kinds of budgets and adrenaline junkies. In that sense, it will definitely prove to be more than worth your while – not to mention the breathtaking scenery that almost seems otherworldly. Not sure where to start? Well, if you want the ultimate New Zealand sailing experience, make sure to check out the following sailing hot spots.



Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is the first spot that comes to mind when discussing sailing in New Zealand. After all, you have the freedom to explore 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula in Northland. Can you imagine that kind of freedom? Of course, in order to get there, and generally, in order to travel from one place to another and explore New Zealand properly, don’t hesitate to utilize the cheap car rental option as it will make your life and holiday easier and more enjoyable. Particularly when it comes to the Bay of Islands, you will want to discover as much of a marine life as possible, and simply take the nature and wild life in fully. The Bay is already accessible to interested tourists, so make sure that you can easily switch between different activities and sights.

Abel Tasman
The Bay of Islands may be spectacular, but nothing can prepare you for the paradise that is the Abel Tasman National Park, located at the very end of the South Island. Not only will the geography, wildlife and scenic beauty of the place leave you breathless, but the sailing possibilities are out of this world, too! The mix of forests, sandy beaches and pristine ocean is mesmerizing, while you’ll also get to experience Tonga Island Marine Reserve if you’re up for some snorkeling. This place will allow you to observe fur seals, enjoy the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand and even take up kayaking to explore the legendary Split Apple Rock and the similar. When it comes to Abel Tasman, there’s no shortage of either adventure or relaxation.



Auckland
There’s no way that you could miss out on the sailing fun in Auckland, known as the city of sails! Not only is this the largest city in New Zealand but it’s also the go-to hotspot for all the sailing enthusiasts. Hauraki Gulf in Auckland features 500+ island anchorages, with gorgeous beaches that are also perfect for fishing and hiking. Aside from this, you have all the freedom to explore the cafes and night life in general. The islands are very lively 24/7. Both the history and culture of New Zealand are mirrored in the rich setting and feel of Auckland city. From wine tasting to swimming, Auckland will provide you with numerous sailing activities, regardless of whether you travel solo or with friends/family.

Fiordland
Of course, a true sailor at heart in search of the ultimate sailing experience would never miss the opportunity to spread the sails in the amazing fiords of the New Zealand’s South Island’s West Coast. The deep blue waters are not the only magical element of the whole place. There’s great beauty under the water as well, together with the picturesque surroundings, filled with waterfalls and rainforests. Some corals and other generally deep-sea species can thrive in relatively shallow waters here, which makes for a truly unforgettable experience. Not to mention that you can easily expect seals and/or dolphins to join you on your sailing journey. Essentially, it’s difficult to say what makes Fiordland more spectacular – what’s above or what’s under the water. Either way, this is a perfect sailing destination without a doubt.

For seekers of ocean-faring adventure, New Zealand is 100% the place to visit. Aside from brimming with unique culture, history and tradition, the country is made of equally unique and almost incredible nature that won’t leave you indifferent. What’s more, the locals tend to be very friendly and helpful, so don’t hesitate to ask for advice when you need one. In the end, one thing’s for sure – a sailing holiday in New Zealand will be one of your most exciting and thrilling experiences ever.

Everything to Know About Sailing in Whitsundays Queensland, Australia

25 February 2019 | Queensland
Stella van Lane | Mostly Cloudy
Whether you are an experienced sailor or a beginner, Whitsundays is the right place for you. Besides beautiful beaches and sailing, Whitsundays is known as a place for snorkelling, hiking and fishing. But for sailors, Whitsundays offers a one-of-a-kind experience due to its incredible compilation of 74 islands, located right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. In order to be prepared for the best experience, you should first consider planning ahead and avoiding some of the most common mistake sailors make.

Where to hire a boat?

You can contact one of the six charter companies in Whitsundays for hiring regular sailboats or bearboats. Based on Hamilton Island, you can find Sunsail, while other charterers are on Airlie Beach. If you are looking for the right period to go sailing, we suggest August when the annual Airlie Beach Race Week and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week are held.

License and experience

For sailing in Whitsundays, you don't need to have a special license. Some sailing companies might ask for at least five-hour sailing experience, but others will let you try on your own even if you are a first-time sailor. You will be provided with a briefing upon your arrival, so you will know what you can do better next time. But, if sailing is your regular activity, you should have a license anyway. Also, if you are prone to overestimating yourself, try practising beforehand, and don't go on the water alone for the first couple of sails.

Expenses

The budget you need to carelessly enjoy your sailing visit to Whitsundays varies between companies, seasons and availability. The most commonly estimated price is around $120 daily, but the prices can vary between $3000 and $8000 for seven nights, depending mostly on the season. You will also need a $100 budget for marine fees, insurance and daily fuel.

Prepare the right equipment

Before you set off, it's important to have the right sailing equipment onboard. If the day is sunny, the winds are calm, and you are planning on a short ride, you will need no more than a regular T-shirt and shorts. In any other case, you're going to need more layers to keep you dry and warm. You can find all you need if you search for quality Sea to Summit sailing equipment. Among the essentials, look for wetsuits to keep you dry, a waterproof spray top for additional warmth, sailing boots to keep your feet dry, and a buoyancy aid if you are planning on sailing on your own.

Keep a safe distance

Once you're all ready to cruise away from the coast, there is a simple rule you should follow - always keep a safe distance from other boats. Everyone who has sailed at least once knows that stopping on water and stopping on solid ground is not in any ways the same. If you don't want to ruin your (or somebody else's) day by having a boat crash, then keep away from other boats and stay within the speed limit. The limit varies between different boating areas, and so does the recommended safe distance, but if you want to be really safe, don't raise your speed over 5 knots when you are close to shore or harbour.

Follow the lines

There is a reason some parts of the beach are separated with marked lines and buoys. If a beach seems empty, sometimes it's easier for sailors to just ignore them and park straight at the beach. However, you can never know whether there is someone diving or snorkelling underneath, so it's highly unsafe to ignore this possibility.
To conclude, if you simply follow the rules and stay concentrated, everything will be fine and you will have the most wonderful sailing experience in Whitsundays. Don't forget to take photos while you sail into the beautiful Australian sunset.


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