Sailing Partners

Operating year-round since 1988, we are Australia’s first Royal Yachting Association Sailing School and Melbourne’s best, according to our many students.

​Our goal is simple: to share our love of sailing with the world. We achieve this by teaching sailing to beginner, experienced and competitive sailors from Melbourne and beyond.

Book a sailing course if you have always wondered what it was like to stand at the wheel of a yacht or if you are looking forward to spending more time on the water as skipper of your own vessel.

At Yachtmaster, we have a highly professional approach and are focused on safety, but our number one aim is for you to always have a great time while learning. Join us and kick-start your own addiction to being out on the water.

“There is nothing better than spending a good day on the water to restore your mind, your body, your heart and your soul.” Dr Wallace J Nichols

Book a lesson with Yachtmaster today.

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.

School of Sailing

Sailing Away offers RYA sailing courses and lessons for all ages and all levels of experience on a modern 32-foot yacht. Learning to sail is made easy with small classes, maximum of 5 and a range of options from single sessions to five-day, 4 night away courses. See our list of courses and charter options offered by Sailing Away School of Sailing.

Sailing Yacht: Take sailing lessons on Auckland Harbour aboard ‘French Connection’, a modern 32 foot Beneteau Oceanis. The ‘French Connection’ has a tiller, not a wheel, to give a totally hands-on experience. All the equipment is modern and easy to use.

Sailing Courses: The Sailing Away programmes cater for beginners to advanced sailing. Courses cover all practical aspects of helmsmenship, seamanship, personal safety and navigation. Gain an internationally recognised Royal Yachting Association (R.Y.A)

Sailing Away is the only Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Sail Cruising School in Auckland, New Zealand.

Luxury all-inclusive yacht charters offered by Blue Cat Charters are the ultimate way to experience the abundant islands of the Exuma Islands.. Experience a Bahamas yacht charter vacation like no other. Blue Cat Charters will create a luxury sailing vacation that is completely tailored-made to your needs. Whether you choose an Exumas yacht day charter, book a 3-night overnight yacht trip, or take a week to discover the islands, you’ll enjoy first-class personal service and amenities with Blue Cat Charters.

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