DARLING HARBOUR, SYDNEY  -  t: +61 2 9280 1110 - [email protected]


Sailing School

Sydney By Sail was established in 1995 by Olympic yachtsman Matt Hayes as a Sailing School. The sea is in our veins. 


Sydney By Sail has the newest fleet of luxury yachts in Sydney Harbour.  We have a base located in Darling Harbour, which is easily accessible by various transport inclduing discounted parking a short walk away. We have a fleet of different yacht brands ranging from 31 - 45 ft including Hunter, Elan and Dufour. At Sydney By Sail we place critical importance on showing you different styles, shapes and sizes of yachts, so when you sail off into the horizon on your own yacht you are prepared. Our 25+ years of experience in sharing our love of sailing with tens of thousands of people has created some of the most proffessional and highly qualified instructors in town - we have the best job in the world and we cannot wait to share our love of the sea with you.

About IYT

Sydney By Sail is accreddited by the most widely recognised Sail Training provider in the world. IYT Worldwide stands for International Yacht Training and no other orgination offers such a diverse range if nautical training. IYT Worldwide was started in 2002 to standardise yacht training across the globe and offers an entire range of recreational courses from entry level sailing up to International Bareboat Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore. There are no better sail training providers to get certified with, offering you more places & more opportunities to explore our beautiful oceans.  

Our Fleet

Find out more about our Yachts on our Meet The Fleet page. You can also view several videos on some of our different yachts such as the Hunter 36, Dufour 412 and Elan Impression 45.1.  


We can provide specialised Sail Training plans for those with a little experience already, but assuming you wish to go from zero to hero, the best place to start is the Introduction to Yachting. This 2 day course runs from 10am - 4pm and provides a wide range of fundamental teachings to give you a base understanding of what it takes to be a sailor. We run this course as often as possible, keeping small class sizes and frequency of dates at the top of our priorities. Upon completion of the Introduction to Yachting, you will have a good idea if you want to continue with one of our Sail training packages, either the International Crew Package or the International Bareboat Skipper Package.  

Our Instructors

Our fully licensed sailing instructors are highly experienced yachtsmen. Many have done the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, various long distance ocean crossings and international sailing events. Sail training courses run all year round on weekends and Theory during midweek. Two complimentary three-hour afternoon sails are also included in the International Skipper Package. All students are entitled to discounts on further sailing courses, charters and packages.

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National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street,
Darling Harbour NSW 2000
Telephone: +61 2 9280 1110
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