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Sunsail Whitsundays launches Coral Coast and Great Barrier Reef Bareboat Flotillas

by Di Pearson 11 Feb 02:21 PST
Sunsail Flotilla on the way © Sunsail

In an Australian bareboat industry first, Sunsail Whitsundays will commence professionally led bareboat flotilla sailing adventures exploring the outer Great Barrier Reef and Queensland coast as far north as Magnetic and Dunk Island.

According to Sunsail Whitsundays General Manager, Sedron Hooper, this initiative makes it possible for charterers to explore well beyond the existing boundaries of bareboat operation.

"Queensland's Coral Coast lies in the protected lee of the Great Barrier Reef and ranks as one of the greatest cruising grounds in the World," Hooper said today.

"Thousands of adventurers have sailed in the stunning Whitsunday Islands. With this new initiative, we are making it possible for charterers to venture beyond the traditional boundaries and explore the Great Barrier Reef as well as the islands and anchorages between the Whitsundays, Magnetic and Dunk Island, aboard a flotilla of Sunsail vessels travelling in company," Hooper said.

Bareboat flotillas are a long established sailing holiday option in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Participants can skipper their chartered vessel in company with other chartered bareboats, with the confidence of knowing they are guided by a lead vessel, skippered by an experienced Master Mariner with extensive local knowledge.

Pre-departure route planning, daily navigation and activity updates, on call support from the lead vessel and open channel radio communications contribute to greater safety. It also creates opportunities for the kind of camaraderie experienced by likeminded people exploring new boundaries together.

"Whether new to chartering or an old hand, Sunsail Coral Coast and Outer Great Barrier Reef Flotillas offers the next level of chartering experience. Spectacular North Coastal Island and mainland anchorages, remote coastal and island resorts and for the first time, bareboat access to snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef," Hooper said.

Sunsail Whitsundays Coral Coast & Great Barrier Reef Flotilla Sailing Adventures are open for bookings with the first departure next month. For more information you can visit sunsailwhitsundays.com.au.

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