Southern Cross Yachting offers offshore sail training courses and mile builders to coastal destinations from Mooloolaba,  the Whitsunday’s, Lord Howe island, Noumea and many other destinations along the East Coast of Australia.

These voyages are ideal for completing qualifying passages for Yachtmaster exams or for simply gaining experience offshore with an experienced instructor.  Depending upon the  voyage timeline, there will be night sailing opportunities as well as evenings in marinas or at anchor.

As with any offshore sailing trip destinations are weather dependent and alternative stopovers or routes may be chosen to suit weather conditions. As a participant in the crew for the trip you will be involved in preparing meals and keeping the vessel clean during the trip.

If your dream is to cruise the Queensland coast or beyond this is a great opportunity to experience offshore sailing and help prepare for your own voyages in the future.

  • Previous Experience

    No experience required, although it is recommended that you attend our RYA Competent Crew and Essential Navigation courses prior to attending our offshore passages.

  • Course Duration

    We have many different options, from two days to longer passages.

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    Many of our certificates of competency can be achieved during our mile-builder passages, for more information please talk to our friendly staff.

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

The following are some of the training areas covered on these offshore trips:

  • Passage planning
  • Watch keeping and crew organisation
  • Preparation for sea and safety checks
  • Practicing pilotage and navigation skills
  • Adverse conditions and managing the yacht in heavy weather
  • Choosing sails and reefing
  • Spinnaker sailing in suitable conditions
  • Helming offshore
  • Night passages
  • Emergency situations