This popular course provides an introduction to sail cruising for novices.  By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety onboard.

Conducted onboard one of our approved training yachts, this course will not only teach you the basics of sailing a yacht, it will whet your appetite for more!  The course also counts towards the 2-day RYA Start Yachting.

$400/person OR ($360/person for 2 or more)

Helming, sail trimming, anchoring, basic navigation and much more is included on this intensive one-day course.

For all ages and abilities, lead by an experienced instructor, this is the perfect day out on Moreton Bay.


Snacks, fruit, water, and soft drinks provided

Ideal bareboat charter refresher.

  • Previous Experience

    None experience required!

  • Course Duration


  • Certificate Upon Completion

    Southern Cross Certificate of Completion

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

What you will learn:

  • Helming a yacht 
  • How to prepare a yacht for sailing
  • How to set sails 
  • Understanding the influence of apparent and true wind upon a yacht 
  • Uses of winches, clutches, cleats and jammers 
  • How to tack and gybe 
  • Ropework & knots
  • Rules of the road 
  • Man overboard recovery techniques 
  • Clothing and equipment  
  • Navigation & Buoyage 
  • Safety equipment 
  • Meteorology 
  • Sail trimming