Family Christmas Adventure

Leave the devices at home and take your family for a day of family fun onboard a private sailing charter on beautiful Moreton Bay.

Leave the Christmas rush behind and work together to set sails, crank winches, pull ropes, dangle your legs over the side (only if you wish), be on the lookout for turtles and dugongs, and even steer the vessel all under the guidance of our skipper/instructor.

Bring your own lunch and alcohol welcome.

Family on a sailing boat
Family on a sailing boat

Things to bring along:

  • Food and drinks
  • A soft bag for packing your belongings
  • Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Jacket as it can get cool on the water
  • Swimmers
  • Snorkeling gear if you have any – the boat does not carry any
  • Towel
  • Lifejackets are provided
Little boy on a sailing boat

While our public sailing courses follow a set syllabus suitable for older teens and adults, our Family Christmas Adventure enables bespoke sail training for your group to match the ages and abilities onboard. For newcomers or seasoned sailors alike, all participants whether children, parents or grandparents can enjoy a day together learning to sail on beautiful Moreton Bay.

The day starts at 9am and, after the safety briefing and overview of the day, you will untie from the dock, and enjoy the morning sailing on Moreton Bay. Depending upon the day’s wind direction, the instructor will find a protected bay to anchor, so your family can take a break, enjoy lunch (self-catered) and maybe a swim, before afternoon sailing and returning to Manly Harbour around 4pm.

Our fleet of 39-40 foot monohull sailboats offer spacious decks for your family outside, plus inside there is a galley (kitchen with fridge), toilet(s), and additional seating.

Suitable for persons with no sailing experience through to seasoned sailors.

An incredible adventure! The experienced owners Carly & Jamie of SCY were fantastic in booking & organising, the instructor was incredibly knowledgeable & professional, and the boat was amazing. Can’t rate Southern Cross Yachting highly enough- I’m already planning my next lesson
Jemma - July 2023 
Jemma - July 2023

Massive thank you to Jamie and all the staff and other instructors at Southern Cross Yachting! 10/10 experience from booking to sailing to instruction to food whilst onboard.
Absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done and now I’m addicted to sailing!


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
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