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World ARC Leg 5 Sail the Whitsundays and the Barrier Reef

Duration: 27 days
From: £4,750.00

Sail the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef on a month long leg of the World ARC.

Sail the Whitsundays in the World ARC

Take part in the World ARC and be part of a truly huge adventure at sea. Join a 60′ expedition yacht on a leg of an epic 15-month circumnavigation, taking in the world’s most beautiful places along the way.

The full circumnavigation is divided into legs, and this trip is leg 5 which sails from Mackay Australia to Darwin via the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef.

Leg 4: August 05 – 31 2020
Starts: Mackay, Australia
Ends: Darwin, Australia
Price: £4,750
Deposit: £475

The Great Barrier Reef is a place that needs no introduction. It is one of the natural wonders of the world and the largest coral reef system on the planet. With almost a whole month to sail and explore, you’ll be following in the trail of Captain Cook and Endeavour as you sail the Whitsundays. There is incredible wildlife with giant clams, manta rays and crocodiles, remote settlements and of course spectacular sailing in the warm trade winds

Highlights

  • Cruise the largest coral reeef system in the world
  • Port Douglas
  • Crocodile country
  • Lizard Island

All this and more in the true adventure of a lifetime.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Explore the archipelago of 74 beautiful islands that make up the Whitsundays
  • Two weeks sailing and snorkelling through the wonderful Great Barrier Reef
  • Expert tuition from professional skippers
Start
Mackay, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Trip Duration
27 Days
Group Size
9
Private Departure
N/A
Activity
Sailing
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller

Dates

STARTEND

Wednesday

5 August 2020

Monday

31 August 2020

Itinerary

The Great Barrier Reef is a place that needs no introduction. It is one of the natural wonders of the world and the largest coral reef system on the planet. With almost a whole month to sail and explore, we’ll be following in the trail of Captain Cook and Endeavour. There is incredible wildlife with giant clams, manta rays and crocodiles, remote settlements and of course spectacular sailing in the warm trade winds.

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What's included

  • Top quality foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
  • Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
  • Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
  • All on-board food and snacks.
  • Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
  • RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
  • Your travel to and from the start and end points.
  • Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
  • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
  • Any meals you eat ashore

Trip notes

Price: £4,750 Deposit: £475

The yacht itself is an expedition yacht that was previously a round the world race boat. The accommodation on the yacht is comfortable, warm and spacious. Each bunk is 6′ 7″ long and has its own USB charger and light. Sleeping is in one 8 berth cabin. There are two toilets, a shower, hot water and lots of food!

We eat very well on board and we will take as much fresh fruit and veg as we can. Ocean sailing is an exercise in using food creatively but you can expert lovely warm meals, as much as you can eat, freshly baked bread and more. We can cater for most diets and have loads of veggies on board. If you have any severe allergies you must check with us before booking.

These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.

NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED

Every two years, this 60′ expedition yachts joins the World ARC and sets off on an epic 15-month circumnavigation, taking in the world’s most beautiful places along the way. The full circumnavigation is divided into legs, so if you can’t come the whole way with us you can certainly come for part of it. In doing so, you will be taking part in some of the finest sailing you will ever experience and exploring parts of the world that remain mythical to most sailors. Sail the Pacific Ocean, visit the Galapagos, explore French Polynesia, the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. Head across the Indian Ocean to Lombok, Christmas Island, the Cocos Keeling and South Africa. Finally, take on the mighty South Atlantic, visiting St Helena, before arriving in Brazil for the Carnival. All this and more in the true adventure of a lifetime. You can book individual legs or the full Round the World for the 2020 – 2021 edition and the 2022 – 2023 editions. All the legs run consecutively so that you can stay on for as many legs as you wish. Exact dates for 2022-23 are provisional but will not change much.

Do I need sailing experience?

No all training is provided and all abilities are welcome.

Do people come alone?

Almost everyone comes alone. Couples and groups are very welcome and we do get them. On the whole, however, most crew join solo and so if you are coming alone, you will be one of the crowd!

How many people are on board?

Except in exceptional circumstances, we limit the crew size to 9 plus two instructors. This means that there are enough people to sale the boat safely, but you will still have lots of time helming, navigating, trimming sails and such like.

Is this a sailing holiday?

Absolutely. First and foremost, we are here to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Sailing is about having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. Rubicon 3 voyages are a unique mix of sailing and training, and you will get far more involvement and training than on any other sailing holiday you may try!

Who else joins?

We have a remarkably similar group of people who join all our trips. They come from all around the world, are an even mix of men and women and with an average age of 35-65. As we said above, most come alone and experience varies from none at all to Yachtmaster. Most of the crew would describe themselves as having a rusty Day Skipper.

Tour operator

We love this sailing company’s ethos – to help people do three things: sail, train and explore. They are passionate about enabling people to experience life out on the open ocean, building sailing skills and exploring some beautiful countries. After years of training people to become professional sailors, and having covered thousands of miles between them, the company Founders realised that so many people had dreamt of setting off across an ocean, but hadn’t the skills, the boat or crew to make those dreams come true.

The company now runs expeditions on a specialised 60’ yacht to some of the most exciting places out there – often largely inaccessible from land. With no previous sailing experience required, the two instructors will guide you every step of the way as you develop your sailing skills, maybe even earning an RYA qualification during the week. Exploring on land as they go is just as important and the bikes and a kayak mean you can head off and enjoy everything there is to see along the route.

Hello! If you’d like to chat about finding you the perfect adventure or guidance on what’d suit you then we’re very happy to help. Tori & Larissa 0207 097 1734 • [email protected]

A most helpful, friendly and knowledgeable travel company!

Very helpful and provided lots of research material and excellent personal perspectives on the tall ship sailing trip I was interested in taking.

— Martin

Excellent thoughtful service.

They were prompt and friendly, and so thorough and helpful in connecting me with my adventure.

— Tina

One of a Kind Service!

From the very beginning of reaching out to AWA, they were super helpful, enthusiastic and informative.

— Matt

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