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Skippered Yacht Charters on a Private Yacht

See Sydney by Sail with a Private Yacht Charter

Sydney Harbour sailing past the Opera House

Sailing on Sydney Harbour

A private skippered Sydney Yacht Charter with Sydney Private Sailing enables you to see Sydney by Sail in comfort and style.  Enjoy the exclusive use of our brand new sailing yacht for a full or half day sailing on Sydney Harbour.  Sydney sailing charters depart from Clontarf Marina near Manly at a time to suit you but usually at around 10am.  You can choose where we sail to or leave it to the skipper.  Half day and full day Sydney yacht charters sail to The Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.  The following describes a typical full day Sydney Yacht Charter but how much we sail and how much we motor is up to you and is tailored to suit the wind conditions and the age/fitness levels of guests i.e. with seniors  we usually sail downwind but motor upwind:-


Motor gently past Clontarf Beach, and Balmoral Beach with a cup of coffee or glass of wine in hand. Tour past the waterfront mansions of Watsons Bay (where the famous Doyles Seafood Restaurant is located), Parsley Bay and Vaucluse Bay, then sail down Sydney Harbour past Shark Beach and Nielsen Park.  Follow the shore into Rose Bay past Catalina Restaurant where the seaplanes depart from, then sail close in past the waterfront mansions at Point Piper and Double Bay.  Turn left past the navy ships and explore Woolloomooloo Bay with its luxury yachts and waterfront restaurants.  Sail past Lady Macquarie's Chair in the Botanic Gardens and get your cameras ready for the scenic sail past Fort Denison, the Opera House and under the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

We make a team decision on where we sail to for lunch.  Once moored or anchored, the champagne corks are popped and food laid out.   After a lazy lunch on the yacht, and a swim (optional) a leisurely sail back to  Clontarf takes us past Admiralty House, the official residence of the Governor General and Kirribilli House, the official residence of the Australian Prime Minister.


The yacht, "Topcat III", a Catalina 32, was purchased brand new in July 2006.  She is ideal for luxury yacht charter being fully equipped with fridge, bimini (for shade), swimladder, glasses, bottle opener, plates, platters and cutlery, tv and CD player.  Topcat is in full survey with NSW Maritime for commercial operation. This means the yacht is inspected whilst under construction and then annually with both in water and out of water surveys by Waterways naval architects and engineers.  See Catalina 32 for yacht specifications. and photos of Topcat III.


Skippered yacht charters on the Catalina 32 cost the same midweek and weekends.  The price for yacht hire with skipper, see Charter Rates is fixed regardless of whether you come on your own or organise a group of up to seven people.    No sailing experience is necessary but you are welcome to do as much or as little of the sailing as you like.  Take the wheel or just sit back and relax.  Sailing is one of the most fun things to do on a  holiday in Sydney.  To ensure you have a relaxing day, children under 14yrs are not permitted.  BYO food and drink or see Catering.  Tea and coffee are complimentary.


Sailing Sydney Harbour on Sydney Private Sailing's own 32ft yacht, Topcat, is very economical for small private groups of up to 7 people but if you don't want to hire the whole boat and would rather just pay for yourself, why not try midweek  Social Sailing.


For larger groups of more than 7 people, see Larger Yachts


Yacht Charters Sydney & Sailing Lessons on Catalina 32 depart from Clontarf Marina.  (between the Spit Bridge and Manly) ,
Larger yachts depart from various CBD plocations.