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Sailing Whitsundays Australia / British Defender

British Defender

$479 per person

British Defender Overnight Sailing Tour

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2 Days 2 Nights Sailing Cruise
Departure Days: Wednesday | Friday | Sunday

Here’s why you will love exploring the Whitsundays on British Defender

British Defender is an 83ft Maxi Yacht with a Sloop design. Built of Carbon Fibre, features include a huge 115ft mast, race grinding winch towers and over 6ft of headroom below deck. Since this maxi was converted into a Whitsunday Charter Maxi yacht in 2001, she runs a 2 day/2 night trip departing Wednesday, Fridays and Saturday.

Take the ride of a lifetime on board British Defender! For 2 days and 2 nights, experience all that the Whitsundays has to offer while Maxi Sailing. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, soak up the sun at Whitehaven Beach, sail with speed and make some lifelong friends! With a total of 28 passengers, this vessel has plenty of space, offering a great social environment, popular among the backpacker travelers.

If you are after an adrenaline sailing experience on a huge maxi then British Defender is perfect. British Defender won the 2001 & 2004 Whitsunday Fun Race and placed 2nd in the 2002 event.

Want to find out more about Whitehaven Beach? Check out our comprehensive guide on the beach here

Vessel Info

  • Length – 83ft
  • Monohull Maxi Yacht
  • No. of guests – 28


The British Defender Offers Open Planned Accommodation

Single and Double Berths

British Defender Sample Menu

Day One

On Arrival – Fresh Fruit Platter or Tea & Coffee and Biscuits

Nibbles –  Cheesy Nachos

Dinner –  Barbecue Chicken Breast Fillets with either Satay or Thai Green Curry Sauce, Rice, Damper Bread, Green Salad, Yoghurt and Cucumber Dip

Dessert –  Fruit Cake and Tea & Coffee

Day Two

Breakfast –  Cereal, Toast, Spreads, Tea & Coffee

Morning Tea –  Fresh Fruit Platter or Tea & Coffee and Biscuits

Lunch –  Barbecue Sausages, Pesto Pasta Salad, Potato Salad, Garden Salad and Cob Bread

Afternoon Tea –  Fresh Fruit Platter or Tea & Coffee and Biscuits

Nibbles –  Cubed Cheese, Olives, Pickled Onions, Carrot Sticks, Dips and Biscuits

Dinner –  Spaghetti Bolognaise, Garlic Bread and Fresh Mixed Salad

Dessert –  Fruit Cake, Tea & Coffee

Day Three

Breakfast – Cereal, Toast, Spreads, Tea & Coffee

Please note, this is a sample menu and is subject to change.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Airlie Beach - Abell Point Marina
  • Departure Time
  • Return Time
  • Included
    British Defender
Sample Tour Plan

Every trip on British Defender is unique and itineraries will vary depending on the weather and tides. Your maxi yacht 2 days and 2 nights adventure will make you want to stay in the Whitsundays as you explore the islands, have your breath taken way at Whitehaven Beach and walk to the world-famous Hill Inlet Lookout.

Under the water, you will snorkel at two sites filled with fringing coral reefs which extend right from the edge of Hayman, Hook or Border Island. You will also have the opportunity to relax and work on a Whitsunday tan!

While on British Defender, guests will enjoy adrenaline packed adventure sailing between the Whitsunday Islands. At the end of the day, kick back and watch the sunset over the water and take in the amazing views.

The guests on British Defender are welcome to get involved and help the crew set the sails, have a turn on the wheel or just sit back and relax with the wind in your hair.

Please note, itineraries can change due to the weather, tides and your captain’s professional judgement.


Value For Money


  • Meals and snacks
  • Accommodation on the vessel
  • Bed linen
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Stinger suit hire
  • Skipper and hosts
  • Environmental Marine Charges

What To Bring?

  • Please pack a small soft bag – no zippers
  • Change of comfortable clothes
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Swim wear
  • Beach and bath towels
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket for winter months
  • Insect repellant
  • Camera
  • Prescription mask (if required)
  • Bottled water
  • Cash for additional purchases
  • Alcohol – no glass


Please note: A cancellation and amendment policy applies to all bookings. Please refer to our Cancellation and Amendment terms below or contact us for further details.

Terms and Conditions

“supplier” means any tour operator or other supplier of the services

“you” means the guest booking and person named on this reservation booking

“we”, “our” means The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre and  A.J.LAURENT PTY LTD

These terms and conditions apply to all bookings made through The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre. Placing a booking with The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre and paying a deposit constitute acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Booking Conditions

For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, a 25% deposit is due to secure your booking with the balance due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made within 30 days of travel, the full payment is due immediately to secure your booking. If we do not receive your full payment within 30 days of your travel date and you do not contact us to cancel, your deposit is forfeited and your booking may be automatically cancelled by us, the supplier or both.


Prices are quoted in Australian dollars, inclusive of GST, and all payments must be made in Australian dollars. Your reservation will only be confirmed when funds have been received and are cleared. The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre is not responsible for delays in postal delivery, bank or payment system processing. It is your responsibility to ensure that payments are received within the times specified. If the deposit or final payment is not received by the due date, The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre has the right cancel the booking. If your final payment is not paid by the due date and in any event within 30 days of your departure, we have the right to cancel your booking and retain the deposit in full without any reimbursement to cover our costs and those of any supplier.

Cancellations and Amendments to Bookings

If you wish to cancel or amend any booking made you need to contact us in writing. You can only cancel or amend a confirmed booking by contacting us directly. If you do not contact us to cancel prior to your booking departure date, you may forfeit your deposit and further costs.

Cancellation Charges and Amendment Fees

Any cancellation or amendment made more than 30 days before travel will incur an administration fee of 25% of the total booking fee.  All cancellations or amendments made within 30 days of your travel date departure will incur both an administration fee of 25% in addition to the individual supplier’s fees.

Any changes requested to your booking, including but not limited to dates, are subject to availability and if they are not available, you may be required to cancel and agree to the cancellation terms.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some services and activities may not permit any refund for certain bookings. You should check with the individual supplier or The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre prior to paying for your booking to confirm any special non-refundable conditions.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover your reservation, and valuable items (e.g. cameras). Your travel insurance policy should include coverage to protect against unforeseen and last-minute cancellations or medical conditions that may prevent travel and also to cover any medical emergencies during travel at minimum.

Supplier Tours and Services Changes

In the unlikely case of a vessel break down, maintenance or unavailability, the supplier will supply an alternate vessel of a similar standard and quality. Itineraries may be affected by elements beyond our and the supplier’s control such as wind, tide, rain, storm or other weather conditions which make travel dangerous and require a delay or cancellation. It is the skipper's requirement to ensure passenger safety at all times and may use his/her professional judgment in any manner to keep his/her guests and crew safe. In the instance of such delay or cancellation, alternative options will be provided by the supplier. In the event a cancellation or delay occurs and your tour or service is cancelled and rescheduled, you will receive a full refund if you are unable to rebook your tour or service.


You are using these services and taking any tours at your own risk. We are not responsible for any loss or damage, including direct, indirect or consequential loss you may suffer as a result of your reservation, booking or anything related to your tour or services provided by any supplier.  You need to ensure you are medically sound, fit and physically able to use the services. We are not liable for the event that you are refused access to any services or tours due to your medical, physical or other reasons, including intoxication. Any such claims should be addressed to the suppliers directly.

You should note that sailing can be a dangerous activity and while crews will make every effort to ensure your safety, they cannot be accountable for actions or injury to you that may be ‘beyond their control’. Every effort is make to ensure your safety and you may be required to complete a pre departure questionnaire, and sign a travel agreement waiver during the check-in process of your tour with the supplier directly. We are not affiliated with nor responsible for our suppliers in any way other than as intermediary to arrange their services on you and their behalf. If you have any issues, injury, suffer any loss or damage, you need to take it up with the supplier directly.

If we are obligated to cancel your travel arrangements for any reason, the liability of will be limited to a refund of all monies paid by you.

Explore Whitsundays Terms and Conditions

Cancellation & Carriage Policy

Cancellations from 30 to 60 days of departure will result in loss of 25% of ticket price. 14 to 30 Days before departure, loss of 50% of ticket price. 14 days to departure will result in forfeit of full trip fees.

Where full payment has been made, and we can re-sell the space on the departure, we will refund ticket price less 20% (not including commissions or bank fees).

The Operator cannot guarantee refund of the travel agent deposit component.

Postponement/Transfer of a trip by an individual, will be allowed 14 days prior to departure, so long as we have capacity on the alternative date. An Admin Fee ($40) may be applied to postponements or transfers.  Postponements under 14 days before departure will be given due consideration based on the merit of the circumstances causing the postponement, such as a medical emergency. In all cases the best advice for a customer is to hold applicable travel insurance and the final discretion remains with the Operator of the tour.

Please note that we refuse the right of boarding to any guest who arrives intoxicated by alcohol or under the influence of illegal substances. If this occurs, we will not refund any monies paid.


Guests should note that Sailing and adventure sports are a dangerous activity and while our crew will make every effort to ensure guest safety, we cannot be accountable for actions of guests that are beyond our control. Guests will be required to complete a pre-departure questionnaire, and sign a travel agreement during the check-in process.  Explore Whitsundays and its associated operators have their applicable Ship-owners insurance to cover public liability for guests and staff.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that guests take out their own travel insurance prior to travel. We recommend cover for valuable items such as cameras and iPods, and also to protect themselves against unforeseen last-minute cancellations or medical conditions that may occur during carriage, and the associated extra costs of accessing medical care around the islands.