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Considering this destination for December this year. I would go with a Cat for stability as I have 2 young children. We've sailed BVI, Grenadines, and Thailand, so have some experience. I am concerned with potential lack of wind here as Sunsail designates it a "Level 1," which to me reads "lake like."

If any mariners know the area and can provide input on culture, marine conditions anything else worth knowing (such as topside activities) I would be very grateful.

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Re: Sunsail and Whitsundays

Whitsundays ate lovely.

Its in tropical tradewinds zone so good wind.

Hamilton island get for entertainment. Other achorages quiet and terrific.

Snorkelling and diving some of the best in the charter world.


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Re: Sunsail and Whitsundays

No doubt it's rated "level 1" because it is indeed lake like - protected by this natural breakwater called "The Great Barrier Reef". Winds can be from mild to wild, chance of either dependent on the time of the year you visit. It's actually very good sailing although there's all these darn islands in the way so you kind of have to zig and zag around them!

Anyway, good source of info here:

Your charter company will usually provide a copy of the 100 magic miles book, but it's always advisable to get hold of a copy to study beforehand. About all I can add on top is that it is a place to visit for the nature, not the nightlife although the two main urban areas within the charter area are the mainland's Airlie Beach/Cannonvale or the township on Hamilton Island. Hamilton Island is definitely worth a visit, even an overnight stay in the marina and Cannonvale is used often as a point for supplies. There are three public marinas in the area and a few resorts that will allow visits by yachties (for a fee, of course) with various limitations. In general however, you anchor out in a choice of numerous anchorages, most of them away from populated areas.
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