2024 4 day General Public Voyage - Mackay to Rosslyn Bay, 14 - 17 August

From AUD $800.00
  • Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Mackay, QLD

The Perfect Get Away Adventure!!

Come Sail on South Passage, Queensland’s tall ship. Create memories that will last a lifetime! Join South Passage on her way back south after wintering in FNQ. The whales should be sailing with you!

Here’s your chance to experience first hand what it is like to sail a 100 foot ship the traditional way.  South Passage is a sail training ship used to develop sailing and life skills as well as providing a unique and fun-filled adventure against the backdrop of the breath taking scenery of the east coast of Australia.

South Passage is a two-masted 100 foot (30.5m), gaff rigged schooner.  She is a modern ship, launched in 1993, but built on the design of the 19th century pilot schooners that operated off the east cost of America.  She is sailed the traditional way where everything is done by hand.

On this voyage, you will run the ship under the guidance of the watch leader and one of the qualified crew. Passengers are organised in three watches named Red, White and Blue usually with between 6 and 8 in a watch. They are rostered for periods of two to fours hours and are in charge of the ship.  Each watch works as a team. They bunk together, eat together and run the ship together when they are on duty. Of course, there are times when it is all hands on deck with all watches involved.  When on watch the passengers will rotate around deck duties such as helming, lookout and recording entries in the ship‘s log and on the chart as well as tacking and gybing when required.

Our crew will show you how to raise sails, haul in a sheet, tack and gybe.  You can take a turn at the helm and feel the deck lift under your feet as the wind fills the sails.

The cost for this 4-day voyage is only $800.00 and includes all meals, accommodation, training, GBRMPA Tax and insurance whilst on board.

DEPARTS:    Mackay Marina, Mulherin Drive approx. 8:00 am Wednesday 14th August

 ARRIVES:    Keppel Bay Marina Rosslyn Bay approx. 4:00 pm Saturday 17th August