"All our staff are chosen for their knowledge of sailing, friendliness, patience and sense of humour. Whether it be showing you the sights of Sydney, throwing you a line after your bareboat charter or teaching you the wonderful sport of sailing, my team will ensure you have a great day sailing on Sydney Harbour." Matt Hayes.
Our key people
Matt Hayes - Managing Director and Founder
Matt established Sydney by Sail in March 1995 after winning the NSW Enterprise Workshop Award for Best Business Plan in 1994. Matt's dream is for as many people as possible to enjoy the pleasure of sailing on our world famous Sydney Harbour.
Ed Penn - General Manager
James Arch– Operations and Fleet Manager
Neil has the sea in his veins. He plays a key role in the day to day operations including fleet management and maintenance. Neil is extremely knowledgeable in all things yacht, with a history in engineering; his hands-on approach is crucial for daily operations. Neil’s experience allows him to be one of our best instructors; showing first time sailors the ropes and teaching experienced sailors new tricks. He's also instrumental in commissioning Elan Yachts through our sister company, Performance Cruising Yachts.
Josh Hayes - Front Desk Admin, Sales and Skipper
Josh has grown up with Sydney By Sail and the ocean. Ranging from surfing, surf-life saving, windsurfing & sailing, Josh feels strongly about the ocean. He is devoted to making your sail/cruise one to remember. Josh has a double degree of Commerce and Psychology majoring in Marketing at Macquarie University, as well as a Yacht Master Offshore certificate.
We are very proud of our skippers, who are all first-rate sailors, warm and friendly and have a good knowledge of the many attractions and interesting sites around the harbour. We receive many, many compliments about our skippers, who can turn a great day's sailing into an outstanding day. They are chosen for their great personalities, experience and qualifications. Many of our skippers have been with Sydney By Sail for over 8 years. We have the friendliest team in the sailing business.