Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Apr May 2015
W hether you’re an expert sailor who wants to leave the boat at home or a novice who’s always dreamed of life on the high seas visiting glamorous destinations, charter sailing offers that perfect combination of adventure and luxury. on the water 065 People don’t just do it once. Hans sommer has done 15 charter sailing trips with Mariner boating Holidays and finds it very appealing to see the world from the water. “i always wanted to do Race Week in Antigua so that was the very first charter sail i did. so i took part in the race and didn’t get a place. i’ve since done that trip three times and got a third place which was very exciting.” Hans is a sailor who leaves his yacht at the cYcA in sydney to enjoy the freedom of charter sailing. “the way it works is we start in port and have a little race to the next one. it puts a lot of fun into it. We might stop for a bit of sightseeing then it’s another race to the next place. You don’t have to take part in the race if you don’t want to but it certainly makes it more interesting.” the yacht rallies Hans is referring to are operated by Mariner boating Holidays and their most popular destinations are turkey, Greece, croatia and tahiti. Another regular client, Denise Hems, has done a lot of racing up and down the Australian coast but found that historically, nothing is better than the croatian coastline. “i adored Zadar – a beautiful old city almost opposite Venice – and visiting remote islands inhabited in the summer months and only accessible by boat. Another of my fondest memories is the tahiti trip. it reminded me of the movie south Pacific. Our first race was from one island to this enormous, magnificent volcano on bora bora. this year i’m doing the sardinia trip, next year the caribbean and i want to do one every year until i can’t walk anymore. Mucking around on boats – you can’t beat it.” the Mariner boating motto is ‘sail in company, explore on your own’. each unique adventure is based on a two-week fly-sail journey. Passage races are run every second day followed by a dinner and presentation. Owned by trevor and Maggie Joyce, the company prides itself on expert insider knowledge of the best places to visit, out-of- the-way restaurant gems for superb dining and taking people off the beaten tourist track. “We generally do one-way charters and go in a direction that is downwind,” says trevor. “in two weeks, you can sail 150-miles so you go twice as far and get and take in much more stunning scenery than you could if you turned around to return to where you began.” A Perfect combinAtion of rAcing And relAxing While charter sailing is about relaxing, they don’t call them ‘rallies’ for nothing. “We always say without the racing, the participants would end up running their own races anyway. if you have more than one boat going in the same direction at the same time, it just turns into a race. We have up to 10 boats and up to 50 people on each trip so there’s plenty of socialising as well as the opportunity for some people to take their boat and anchor off alone. We also host a final night function where each crew makes a thespian contribution. it might be a song, a dance or poetry – something that relates to their own adventure. it enriches the whole experience. i wish i had have recorded more of them over the last 10 years.” As well as the fleet sailing experience, charter sailing operators also offer bareboating where people can charter their own yacht and sail it themselves. Naturally, more sailing acumen is required and some good troubleshooting skills as well. John Reynolds went bareboating with the tui Marine Group – a well-established international brand incorporating sunsail and the Moorings. “We really didn’t know what to expect – we had never chartered a boat before and while my wife strike a chord Clockwise from top right: Aboard one of the charter vessels from Queensland Yacht Charters; Hans Sommer has done 15 charters with Mariner Boating Holidays; Relaxing in Despotiko, Greece; Santa Teresa di Gallura, Italy; Ile Saint-Honorat in the French Riviera; and Cannes, France.
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