Coastal Voyage – Sail Training for intermediate to experienced sailors

Introducing our new six-day sailing adventure exploring Northland’s coastal cruising grounds for intermediate to advanced sailors.

Join us for an wonderful coastal voyage.  Experience the joy of cruising in New Zealand’s most spectacular cruising grounds, whilst gaining skills, knowledge, sea time, and recreational sailing qualifications. Learn from a yachting guru who has over 375,000 ocean miles under her belt, including a race circumnavigation, several Sydney-Hobert races, and seven Cape Horn rounding’s.

Operational Area

This Coastal Voyage learning adventure originates in Opua and ventures through the islands in the Bay of Islands to Whangaroa 37 nm north and 23nm south to Whangamumu with a possible visit to the picturesque Cavalli Islands 23 nm offshore.

Each voyage will be different as weather conditions will dictate your voyage plan.


Amanda SwanYou’ll be in very capable hands, with expert instruction.  A rigger and sailmaker by trade, Amanda has been sailing her whole life. She was the kiwi rigger aboard Maiden for the Whitbread Round the World race and for over twenty years prior to joining Great Escape Sailing was developing and delivering off-shore sail-training expeditions from Antarctic to the Arctic. She has also authored two books, “Marine Diesel Engine Essentials” and “The Essential Galley Companion”. Click here to read Amanda’s Bio

Tailored instruction

  • This course has a maximum instructor-to-student ratio of 1:4, enabling instruction tailored to each participant. Ideal for a couple with different levels of experience or a small group of friends.  Book a berth or the boat as a private course.

Is it for me?

The Coastal Voyage is ideal for those who have a bit of sailing experience and are looking for the next adventure.  Perfectly suited for graduates of the Great Escape six-day learn-to-sail sail-yourself Inshore Adventure. It is also ideal for individuals, couples, or friends who have introductory sailing qualifications and/or extensive experience as co-skipper or crew. It is not for beginners. Recommended minimum age of participants is 18 with a minimum of ten days recreational seatime prior to the course.   You will also need to gain your VHF certificate and a First Aid course is recommended.


Depending on previous experience, participants should gain their Yachting NZ Keelboat Level 3 and the IYT International Bareboat Skipper from participating in the course (IYT eLearning is a prerequisite to gain the IYT certification).

When is it?

The schedule for 2021/22 is as follows;

  • PILOT – 12th – 17th November, 2021
  • Voyage 1 – 9th to 14th December 2021
  • Voyage 2 – 5th -10th March 2022
  • Voyage 2 – 11th – 16th March 2022
  • Voyage 3 – 20th to 25th April 2022
  • Voyage 4 – 12th – 17th May 2022
  • Voyage 5 – 21st – 26th June, 2022
  • You can also take the voyage a “private course” (minimum two sailors) contact us for more details and costs.  

What do you get?

Cost includes all provisions and required course materials you only need bring your personal gear.   Each participant will be provided with pre voyage materials and eLearning courses to help prepare for the voyage.  You’ll also receive your own copy of the prescribed text, a recreational sea time log, and coastal chart.

You’ll experience the joy of sailing in New Zealand’s most spectacular cruising grounds, whilst gaining skills, knowledge, experience, and should gain IYT (International Yacht Training) and Yachting New Zealand recreational sailing qualifications. – only four sailors per voyageReserve your berth 

Cost is $1,990 per person.  Get in touch if you have any questions, we’d love to have you come to sail with us.

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