About Us

Who We Are

Jamie Marshall – Principal

Born on a Dutch cargo barge in Holland, Jamie Marshall has spent his entire life on the water learning to steer cargo barges through the European canal and river systems during his early childhood years. In 1994, Jamie moved to the south coast of the UK aged 14, he began sailing small wooden boats on the Teign estuary in Devon and Cornwall before leaving home at age 15 on a 19-foot Dolphin cabin cruiser to complete a circumnavigation of the UK inland waterways.

Continuing his passion for boating, Jamie began training on sailing yachts with the RYA in Southampton at age 21, sailing around the famous Isle of Wight and Cowes, achieving all of his RYA qualifications and MCA licences.

In 2006, Jamie was asked to move to Mallorca in Spain and take on the role of Skipper for a renowned classic 1961 Feadship; Alto Volante.  In the same year, Jamie began working as an instructor for the RYA, through the Hamble School of yachting.

Progressing his career through privately owned power and sailing vessels all over Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, New Zealand, Australia and the Caribbean, Jamie has a wealth of over 40 years of experience on the water on many types of vessels and conditions.

Jamie took on the role of Southern Cross Yachting’s RYA Principal, Chief Instructor and Operations Manager in 2021.

He speaks English, fluent French and Spanish.

Where We Are

Moreton Bay Marine Park must be the best kept secret in the sailing world!

From the white sands and turquoise water of Moreton Island, the bay stretches south for 60 miles to the Gold Coast Broadwater – a sailing paradise that offers a unique diversification of surroundings and sailing conditions.

At the northern end of our cruising grounds, the Bay is some 20 miles wide with magnificent anchorages off the western side of Moreton Island (including the famous Tangalooma Wrecks) and the marinas of Redcliffe and Sandgate of the mainland.

Southern Cross Yachting is based out of Wynnum-Manly in South East QLD including a sales office at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, come in and say hi!

South of this, the bay starts to narrow as you pass the entrance to the majestic Brisbane River – only 15 miles upstream you can moor in a marina in the heart of the city. South of the river mouth lie the historic islands of St Helena, Green, Stradbroke and Peel which offer good anchorages and fishing. For those seeking calmer waters this is the start of the most protected part of the bay. With a labyrinth of islands between here and the Broadwater there is all round shelter and great fishing for over 20 miles. This tranquil waterway leads to the marinas and anchorages of the Gold Coast with all it has to offer.

The bay is alive with bird and marine life; dolphins and dugongs are seen regularly and the odd whale breaching at the northern end!  Your Moreton Bay sailing holiday can be as adventurous or relaxing as you chose to make it. This is one of the world’s most unspoilt cruising grounds – come and see for yourself!  Our base is Manly Yacht Harbour, ideally located in the centre of the bay, with a range of destinations only a short sail away. We hope you enjoy unspoilt Moreton Bay soon, but don’t tell your friends – let’s keep it a secret!

A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala

We cannot express how wonderful our experience was with Jamie . He is very professional and patient in teaching us how to handle our new acquisition. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a novice, it’s well worth spending time with a calm and knowledgeable instructor from Southern Cross. Thanks Jamie

Lee-Anne Savin 2021
Lee-Anne Savin