You hear it all the time: a middle-aged couple throws in the towel and decides to call it quits. They escape the trenches of the corporate rat race and sail into the sunset, only returning to their hometown when their ill health prevents them from further travel.
It’s a fascinating story on all accounts and one that many people envy. But you don’t need to wait until you’re near retirement age to enjoy sailing. In fact, if you wait that late and go sailing for the first time, you might find that you don’t really like it. Why not have a scaled down version of the quintessential “sail into the sunset” dream and start sailing now, on weekends?
Sailing, as hoity-toity as it seems, is an accessible hobby to anyone who’s interested. When you join a sailing club, you’ll have access to quality training and a well-maintained vessel at a fraction of the price of owning your own yacht. You don’t have to worry about the headaches that come with ownership: insurance, maintenance, docking it at the marina, and that’s just for starters.
Sydney is a world-famous destination, but just a few kilometres from the city lays beautiful Pittwater; and area that is virtually untouched and unspoiled by weekend visitors. Hiring a boat will have you navigating the crystal blue sea in no time, taking your stress and worries away. If you don’t know how to sail or you are not interested in doing the work, a typical Pittwater boat hire company will provide you a skipper at an additional cost.
Better yet, why not take a training course now, so that if you do want your sailing dreams to come true later in life, you’ll be well prepared. Open water learning is fun and it’ll be the best “school” you go to in a long time.
Bareboat charter in Pittwater is double the fun if you invite your friends and family along. Spending the night near the waterfall at Refuge Bay is sure to be a unique way of celebrating any occasion, or just having some much-needed bonding time. Your private boat will be your house on water for the weekend as it will be equipped with a complete kitchen, bathroom (sometimes two!), and at least one spacious bedroom. Waking up to the sunrise in the sea and going for a morning swim is way more romantic and atmospheric than spending a night at a hotel.
While you may not realise the dream of sailing into the sunset now, chartering a boat on weekends is a sure-fire way to get your feet wet and test out the potential lifestyle. If you live near Sydney, you’re truly in luck as there is no better place to practice your sailing skills than the open waters of Pittwater, Broken Bay, and Cowan Creek.