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Traditional Sailing vessels in the Whitsundays

One of the best ways to experience the Whitsundays is on board a traditional sailing ship. A genuine sailing experience allows guests to experience the best that this part of Australia has to offer, fueled by the power of the wind. The Whitsundays are home to many famous vessels including the world-renowned maxi yachts, tall ships and ketches, all of which allow for traditional sailing. Airlie Beach also features a number of amazing traditional sailing yachts which have an incredible history behind them, all of which you will get to discover on board your own tour.

You can enjoy sailing in the Whitsundays during both day and over night trips. Both offer guests the chance to experience traditional sailing with sails up and waves below. Here are some of our favourite traditional sailing trips. 

Traditional Sailing Day trips

Derwent Hunter – A genuine traditional sailer, Derwent Hunter is a 22m timber ship with an amazing history to compliment. Guests are able to help hoist the sails on board this special vessel.

Providence V – This classic 62-feet gaff-rigged schooner is known is a baby tallship which sails elegantly around the islands.

Overnight trips

Summertime – This beautifully-built traditional sailing vessel has also been equipped with some modern features including a spa. Summertime was constructed with beautiful timbers.

Waltzing Matilda – Spanning some 60 feet, this traditional Roberts Ketch sailing vessel which offers a fantastic 2 day/ 1 night sailing trip around the Whitsundays.

Ise Pearl – Originally built as a Japanese pearling vessel, Ise Pearl is a gaff rigged traditional ketch, featuring polished timbers and shined brass throughout. She is also featured in a Warner Brothers production.

Solway Lass – This well respected traditional tallship was originally constructed as a cargo vessel with a classic wooden exterior and glossy brass work, featuring cedar and oak timber.

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