Sailing and yacht charters are one of the best ways to experience beauty of the water. Choose from romantic overnight yacht charters for two, sailing cruises with lunch 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!

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How to sail?

At RedBalloon, we hear so many sailing first timers ask: Hmm, how do I sail? Or what do I need to sail a boat? These are valuable questions when it comes to sailing basics, but rest-assured! RedBalloon have rustled up the most efficient specialists who have extensive experience in Australian sailing. And the best part? These wonderful specialists have each taken the time to design special experiences for you to enjoy, whatever your boat sailing skills.

Most people inexperienced in sailing think sailing yacht is exactly like the Sydney to Hobart race - physically demanding with you and your crew up against the grueling open seas. This is not so! At RedBalloon we have different kind of activities. Our sailing sport has more luxury yacht experiences with delicious chef-cooked meals and champagne, or a day cruise with lunch on board a tall ship fresh banquet and drinks, or you could gently sip and sail a twilight cruise with your partner in crime for a romantic night and change of scenery.  

From sailing Sydney, sail Melbourne to sailing around north and west of Australia, RedBalloon have so many sailing cruises to choose from. There are morning sail boats that include coffee and breakfast in Queensland, there are luxury sailing yacht cruises with dinner and wine for two on waters edge in Melbourne, you can even climb the mast of a tall ship at The Rocks in Sydney where you could yawp a big old: ‘Ahoy there!’

Have you ever wanted to go on one of our sailing tours? If you fall in love with an experience that’s not in your local state or area, why not make a trip out of it and travel there. That would really add to the adventure! Sailing cruises are also loads of fun, but which one do you choose? That answer will definitely come down to what kind of activity yo want. Love a thrilling ride? Then you’ll love the Thundercat Tour across the Whitsundays. During this experience, you’ll get to snorkel and enjoy a yummy lunch that’s provided. Looking for something more romantic? Why not sail into the sunset on a luxury yacht in the heart of Darling Harbour. Your skipper will show you the sights on this private RedBalloon experience where you can sit back and enjoy the complimentary bottle of wine.

What to wear on a sailing trip?

But the biggest question on everyone’s lips is: what to wear! A stripy shirt and a fisherman’s sailing cap of course! Just kidding. Although you could very well wear these delightful items, we do however recommend:

Flat shoes with rubber soles, preferably covered so as not to cause any slipping on deck or other accidents! As much as romantic, flowy clothing might be an attractive option, it may not be the most practical, so we recommend dressing in comfy clothes. Also pack extra layers, as contrary to the weather apps on our phones, the wind could pick up at any moment, so make sure you have a cardi or lightweight layers handy. Sunglasses are a must-pack item especially if you’re going in the day.Morning  sailing tours or sailing cruises won’t be as much fun if you’re squinting the whole time. Last but not least, definitely pack sun protection. We can’t advocate enough how strong the sun is, even on cold days and especially out in the beautiful open seas of Australia. Make sure you bring along enough sunscreen for everyone in your party as there’s bound to be someone who did not slip slop slap before embarking on their day.