About Us

Southern Cross Yachting began operating in March 1997 with one yacht. Since that time Southern Cross Yachting has grown and has forged a reputation as Australia’s foremost yacht training school and the largest charter boat company on Moreton Bay.

Over the past 21 years Southern Cross Yachting has trained over 10 000 students, both Australians and visitors from overseas. The School reputation has been built on its commitment to service and the quality of its   instructional staff. All instructional staff have been selected and trained by Principal Michael Job – Australia’s most qualified Yachtmaster instructor. Accredited by the Australian Yachting Federation for 7 years, Southern Cross Yachting was the first Sea School to gain RYA recognition in Australia and now offers RYA/YA courses exclusively. The school is committed not just to delivering the finest sail and power training tuition available, but making the experience as enjoyable as possible!  As the only person to have been both an AYF and RYA Yachtmaster offshore examiner, Mike is uniquely qualified to design a Fast track course for Australian and international waters.

Southern Cross Yachting operates a fleet of quality yachts (all over 35 feet) based at East Coast Marina in Manly Yacht Harbour – the largest recreational yacht harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. Shore based courses are held at our water side classroom close to all facilities.

In addition to our training courses we offer a range of charter options and corporate events.

Southern Cross Yachting is located in the picturesque village of Manly – a bay side suburb of Brisbane, capital of the state of Queensland and Australia’s third largest city. We are only 20 minutes drive from Brisbane’s International airport and only 1 hours drive from the world famous beaches of the Gold and Sunshine coasts. Manly is the gateway to Moreton Bay – truly a yachting paradise and a sail training theme park!

Here’s what some of our students have said about us

I thought the Day Skipper Theory course was excellent.  Steve’s knowledge and the entertaining manner in which he presents his lectures made for a very educational and enjoyable week.
Agnes May 2012

Thanks to Damon for a great day. Very enjoyable time on the water, nice lunch, and just the right amount of hand-on experience to get a taste for all the fun (and scary) bits of yachting.
Hope to come back soon for another course,
Geoff One day course May 2012

Enjoyed the weekend.  I thought Phil was a good skipper being clear with his instructions without getting up people.  Although there was little wind we learnt a lot because Phil took the opportunity to practise navigation, anchoring and man overboard drill.
Julian Weekend course April 2012

I had a wonderful time on my sailing course. Greg was an excellent teacher. I am hooked. I would like to do the other 2 courses later on this year,
Joy Weekend course April 2012

Michelle and I had a great time and Greg was fantastic
Brett Weekend course April 2012

It was awesome… many thanks to Steve for being so generous with all his knowledge.
Mark 5-day course April 2012

It was great and I wish we had done it sooner – it has already saved us money as we now the have confidence and the knowledge to perform maintenance tasks that have cost a small fortune in the past.
Melissa Diesel course March 2012

The course definitely met all of my expectations. The location, course content and materials were first class. However, the highlight for me was the instructor. Steve Crockett’s delivery was excellent!  He openly shared his knowledge, experience and passion, to bring the subject matter alive. His teaching style was fab, he flexed to our needs and challenged where required. He’s a funny guy too.. J
I would also wish to acknowledge Southern Cross Yachting for allowing me the flexibility to pick up from my deferment from last year.
I would strongly recommend this course to my friends.
Terry Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster theory March 2012

Thanks Di, it was a brilliant day out and I got all out of the course I wanted.
 Tim was a very good instructor.  Would happily continue with him again for further instruction.
 Ernst  One day course March 2012

It is with great pleasure that we provide some feedback on Mike Job’s weekend of instruction. Mike is the consumate professional. He has a complete mastery of his subject – both the broad sweep of things nautical and the indepth knowledge of particular aspects. In addition to this knowledge, he is a natural educator imparting his vast experience to the student in simple, readily understood language devoid of confusing jargon. He put my colleagues and their wives who were scared stiff at ease. They were dreading the day but ended up loving it and wanting more. He is sharp witted with a ready humour, putting people in sometimes stressful situations at ease. He does not raise his voice in anger and keeps calm when all around is going pear-shaped. After hours he is great company. A peerless raconteur with a broad world view. It was a privilege to have him aboard. Both of my barrister chamber mates and their wives were equally impressed. Mike is the best. Please pass on our gratiful thanks to Mike for making himself available to us for this weekend.

Mark Own Boat Tuition May 2012

Yet another great weekend, Richie was fantastic and his approach to teaching was a real credit to your organisation. I have one weekend to go and would recommend the course to anyone wanting to either begin sailing or enhance their skills.

Rod Weekend Course September 2012


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