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Mainstay Sailing

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Mainstay Sailing
Don't miss our final ⛵ BETTER BOATING ⛵ event TONIGHT! We've thoroughly enjoyed putting on this series of free training events over the last 8 weeks - designed to increase people's boating knowledge, learn additional skills, gain confidence and network with like-minded boaties! Thank you to everyone who has attended so far and be sure not to miss out on the last one... BASIC NAVIGATION - Tonight from 6pm at The Lookout Lounge! Join us for a fun filled evening of navigation-101 and join the race to be in with a chance to win!!! ✨ Learn more and register here --> https://bit.ly/3DWNnhA #coralseamarinaresort #coralseaacademy #stayplayexplore Mainstay Sailing
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Friday, January 21, 2022
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https://vimeo.com/668128107 Come and see us!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
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The First Mainstay Sailing All Girls Course! 😎

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Friday, December 17, 2021
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Mainstay Sailing

Look what Chantal Henderson sent us from her last RYA Course with Mainstay Sailing ;-) Thank you for the fantastic shots of a cheeky Batfish at Armit Island Chantal!

Mainstay Sailing
Friday, November 26, 2021
Mainstay Sailing
Mainstay Sailing

Bring your best girlfriend and come sailing!

Mainstay Sailing
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Mainstay Sailing
Mainstay Sailing

2 Day RYA Start Yachting Course commencing 20/21 November. Book now!

Mainstay Sailing
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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Mainstay Sailing

Check this out!

Mainstay Sailing
Monday, August 30, 2021
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Mainstay Sailing

Come along

Mainstay Sailing
Friday, August 20, 2021
Mainstay Sailing
Mainstay Sailing

Last Tuesday, Mainstay Sailing gave a talk/presentation about Boating Basics. A collaboration between Coral Sea Marina Mainstay Training and Mainstay Sailing. What could possibly go wrong ....

Mainstay Sailing
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Mainstay Sailing
Mainstay Sailing

Some shots of Airlie Beach Race Week yesterday.

Mainstay Sailing
Monday, August 9, 2021
Mainstay Sailing
Mainstay Sailing

A great weekend sailing to the Great Barrier Reef and Blue Pearl Bay - Hayman island

Mainstay Sailing
Friday, July 30, 2021
Mainstay Sailing
Mainstay Sailing

Want to know about the Great Barrier Reef? Come along

Mainstay Sailing
Friday, July 30, 2021
Mainstay Sailing
Mainstay Sailing

The better boating series continues!

Mainstay Sailing
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Mainstay Sailing
Mainstay Sailing

AFTERNOONS on the boardwalk ~ Enjoy this view with our delicious menu Wed - Fri 3pm-9pm & Sat - Sun 12pm-9pm.

Mainstay Sailing
Friday, July 9, 2021
Mainstay Sailing
Mainstay Sailing

Learn to Sail now! Due to Covid restrictions in New South Wales we have availabilities for our Comp Crew and Dayskipper courses starting 15 July -19 July

The joining Instructions
Monday, May 10, 2021
Ron van Schaik
The joining Instructions

This is how we meet prior to leaving shore.

We have a new crew member.- Welcome Oscar
Monday, May 10, 2021
Terence Smith
We have a new crew member.- Welcome Oscar

After Bob's sudden demise, we have taken on "Oscar" on to help our students with Man Overboard training.

BOB leaves us after a number of years of loyal service.
Monday, May 10, 2021
Terence Smith
BOB leaves us after a number of years of loyal service.

BOB moves on after traumatic years aboard Mohawk. When we asked him to stay on his reply was "I'm a frayed knot"

Mainstay Sailing - new office!
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Ron van Schaik
Mainstay Sailing - new office!

We finally did it - we moved into a new office at Coral Sea Marina!

Does Mainstay Sailing only teach sailing skills?
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Ron van Schaik
Does Mainstay Sailing only teach sailing skills?

At the end of each course the students get together to celebrate an end to a fantastic week in the Whitsundays

A thought for today in a COVID world
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Terence Smith
A thought for today in a COVID world

This message was received today on board Mohawk after a student posted a picture of us peacefully anchored at Gloucester Island.

Congratulations to James and Bec
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Terence Smith
Congratulations to James and Bec

James and Bec from Sydney managed to get up to Airlie just before borders closed. They spent a week of interesting sailing around the region.

Sea Safety and Survival Course Changes.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Terence Smith
Sea Safety and Survival Course Changes.

With COVID-19 restrictions around the world as well as the need to move with the times, the official Sea Safety and Survival Course (SSSC) has changed its format to be a blended learning course.

One of our favourite Brazillians drops in for a visit and a sunset sail
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Terence Smith
One of our favourite Brazillians drops in for a visit and a sunset sail

Ricardo, who over the last few years has gone from zero to Dayskipper with us, arrived out of the blue in his van "Bella" He was on his way home from an over-land trip to Cape Tribulation when he decided to pop in.

Tony completes his Coastal Skipper Course in the Whitsundays
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Terence Smith
Tony completes his Coastal Skipper Course in the Whitsundays

Tony Stockton from Northern NSW successfully completed his Dayskipper course in the Gold Coast, and went on to breezing through his Coastal skipper course on arrival in Airlie Beach.

Coastal Skipper course from Brisbane to the Whitsundays
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Dylan Smith
Coastal Skipper course from Brisbane to the Whitsundays

Leaving from Rivergate Marina in Brisbane, Mainstay's incredible crew; Tony, Jodi and Dylan, embarked on an epic adventure that would bring many smiles

Sea Safety and Survival Courses scheduled in Queensland for buildup to Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Terence Smith
Sea Safety and Survival Courses scheduled in Queensland for buildup to Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

2 new course dates have been set for the Australian Sailing Sea Safety and Survival course in Queensland.

RYA Interactive courses are available now..
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Terence Smith
RYA Interactive courses are available now..

The course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew.

Remote assessment process for marine radio examinations
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Terence Smith
Remote assessment process for marine radio examinations

Mainstay Sailing has adopted the newly allowed remote assessment method for VHF marine radio, and HF marine radio licences.

Mainstay Sailing adjusts to life in the COVID world
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Terence Smith
Mainstay Sailing adjusts to life in the COVID world

Following a risk assesment on board,we are doing our bit to reduce risk of infection to our students, staff and guests.

REVIEWS

John Paul Scholes

Outstanding experience!

Day skipper / Competent Crew Course 25-30 January 2021 From the moment Sheree and I arrived, Terence and Ron were friendly, welcoming, funny and encouraging. Terence’s vast experience and knowledge was reassuring, and his advice, tips and tricks really helped throughout the course. The food was above and beyond expectations. We all left wanting to replicate the menu and flavours that Terence seemed to produce effortlessly. Mohawk is a handsome boat and very comfortable to live and sail in. Under the expert guidance of Terence, his calm, steady manner, sage advice and humour relaxed our nerves and created a great learning environment. I can think of no better place to learn to sail than the Whitsundays, it was simply stunning. I highly recommend Mainstay Sailing. Terence and Ron are not just teaching people to sail, they are creating community through a shared love of sailing and the sea. I look forward to dropping by again to further my experience and am sure will stay in contact with fellow course crew mates; Fred and Catrin. We were a happy crew and became friends through shared experience. ‘If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea’ - The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Bruno Ribeiro Profeta

An amazing experience with amazing people

Terence (the instructor) and Ron were just the Men. Terence is a very dedicated, attentive, patient and super experienced Mentor. I did my RYA Competent Crew course with him in January 2021, and it was a blast. It was amazing to discover many different places I had never been to on the Whitsundays, sail under a storm, learn lots and lots of theory and practice, eat Terence's amazing food (that paella....!) and listen to everyone's stories. What an inspiring trip with only great people! I'm strongly thinking about keeping up with the courses to become a proper Sailor. It's definitely a must for everyone who is considering learning about the Sea and all the amazing things it brings with it. These guys have you.

James Hackney

Great Sailing, Great Company, Great Food

I completed my Coastal Skipper course with Terrence during August 2020. Whilst the world is in uncertain times, Terrence remained flexible around the border restrictions and dates of the course. When we made it up to QLD, Terrence made us feel very welcome and comfortable in his presence. This carried on through the week where the sailing was awesome, food was even better and the whole experience was 10/10. As an extremely experienced instructor Terrence shared a lot of insights into what blue water cruising is really about, and how we should look to make preparations above and beyond the RYA syllabus. I will be keeping my eye peeled for more opportunities to do some mile builders with Terrence in the near future.Thanks for an awesome week!

Rebecca Evans

Zero to Hero - I'm a sailor now!

I arrived in Airlie with no previous experience in sailing - I came away competent and qualified and loved the experience! Terence is an incredibly patient and thorough teacher (despite a few of my wobbles). I would recommend this to anyone looking to learn something new whilst adventuring around one of the most beautiful spots around! We will be back to flex our new skills - thanks Terence & the Mainstay team!

FAQ's

Who is the RYA?

The Royal Yachting Association is the national body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sports boats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.

Our internationally renowned training schemes steer 250,000 yacht sailors, power boaters, small craft leisure boaters, windsurfers and canal boaters towards confident and successful boating every year.

So whether your end goal is to spend more quality down time on the water, to travel, to compete, to work, or to advance your career; there’s a course for you.

Our ethos

Our escapades bring you back to the fundamentals of life. Spending a few days on a boat brings out the best in human nature. Living and working together we talk a lot, laugh a lot, and put the world to rights. It is more than an escape from the complexity of life ashore; the fresh air, natural adrenalin and outdoor activity give your body a good physical detox too.

How about vessel deliveries?

We have the knowledge and skills to safely deliver your boat to its new port.

We respect the trust owners place on us. Years of blue water sailing experience has ensured that careful preparation, regular watch keeping and making sure the boat is safe at all times is essential for the safety of the people on board and the yacht.

At the same time we can provide tuition for you and your crew during the planning of the passage and the actual delivery itself. Extra crew can be arranged if required.There are four stages to a delivery exercise – preparation, leaving port, passage making and arrival with debrief

Charters for a couple?

The ultimate getaway for 2! Yacht charters and sailing cruises are one of the best ways to experience beauty of the Whitsundays. Choose from romantic overnight yacht charters for two, sailing cruises with meals and drinks, hands-on sailing trips or something with a touch of luxury. Once out on the glittering waves you'll see why we think yacht charters and sailing cruises are such a treat!

Payments

Payments are taken prior to course or charter start. We have payments plans to make it easier for you.