Boomerang & British Defender - 2 Day / 2 Night

Maxi Boomerang, designed by German Frers, and built in Italy is a sloop design, 83ft in length, 20ft wide, built of high tech Carbon Fibre with a mast extending 110ft above the deck.

British Defender is a high tech Whitbread Around the World Racing Maxi she was raced by the British armed services in the 1990 Around World Race.

Boomerang & British Defender are virtually identical both re-fitted for Whitsunday sailing tours, they are huge downstairs and open plan, some of the many features include headroom throughout higher than 6ft, 3 dining tables, 3 toilets and showers. On deck, the boat is really wide, so there's plenty of space to chill out. One thing's for sure, with their thoroughbred racing backgrounds, the boats will ensure your sailing tour will be an exciting experience.

Join Boomerang or British Defender and experience the thrill and exhilaration of maxi sailing in the Whitsunday Islands.


Both vessels have open plan accommodation, with 3 bathrooms, 16 Single Bunks and 6 Double Bunks.

Multi Share: Dormitory style accommodation with single or double bunks.


A typical day starts at around 8.00am with breakfast, then a swim or bushwalk, followed by 1 to 2 hours of sailing to a snorkelling, diving or beach destination. Then it's time to explore the island coral reefs, swim or relax at the beach.

Around 1.00pm its time for lunch and then at 2.30pm its time for another sail around the Whitsunday Islands arriving safely in an overnight anchorage by 4.30-5.30pm. Just in time for one of the other yachts to meet up with yours, and guests from both yachts can mingle, enjoy a drink or two, exchange sailing stories and watch the sunset over the islands. By 7.30pm dinner is served and afterwards its your decision whether you want to party on with a few drinks under the stars or call it a day.

Guests are welcome to join in and assist the crew with the sailing. The racing yachts have a myriad of winches and sailing gear that could baffle all but the most experienced crew, however, guests are welcome to learn, including hoisting and trimming sails, or taking the helm. For guests who are interested the crew will spend time covering the sailing basics.


  • All Meals freshly prepared
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Linen & Bath Towel


Departs: 2.00pm Monday, Thursday & Saturday from Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach. Check-in by 11.00am day of departure

British Defender
Departs: 2.00pm Wednesday, Friday & Sunday from Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach. Check-in by 11.00am day of departure

Additional Info

Children: This cruise is suitable for adults 18+ years
Maximum Number of Guests: 28
What to Bring: It would be appreciated that you limit the amount of luggage you take on board, and recommend soft sided luggage. Swimmers, beach towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, batteries, sandals or joggers for island bush walk, favourite music CDs/iPods, a sweater for cooler evenings. If you have larger luggage that you would like to store, storage facilities are available at most accommodation houses in Airlie Beach, or there is a store across the road from the check in office
Operated By: Explore Whitsundays

British Defender - Sailing
Boomerang - Sailing
British Defender - Saloon
British Defender - Boat Plan
British Defender - Bunks
Boomerang - Bunks
Boomerang - Bunks