Access to some of the world’s most desirable sailing destinations just got easier with the launch of Trinity Marine Group’s online yacht brokerage, Rent A Yacht Holidays (RYH).
The Whitsundays-based brokerage is a venture into the global yacht charter space for parent company Trinity Marine Group and leverages off more domestic bareboat market.
Sales and marketing manager, Joscelyn O’Keefe, said RYH had sourced premium charter holidays and vessels in the world’s top sailing destinations through affiliations with experienced charter providers to open the sailing world to Australian travellers.
“Chartering a vessel gives travellers the chance to see tropical or exotic locations from the water, experience the exhilaration of a sailing adventure or indulge in a lifestyle of islands, beaches, resorts or pure escape,” O’Keefe said.
RYH now offers more than 50 vessels for charter in 18 renowned sailing destinations within the Mediterranean, Caribbean, North America, Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and South Pacific regions, she said.
“Each destination offers a vastly different experience: from tropical island escapes to wilderness sails.
“For example, in the past five years Croatia has emerged as one of the world’s most sought-after sailing spots. It’s still a relatively unexplored part of Europe and offers ideal sailing conditions with a rich, cultural backdrop.
“While other travellers, coming to the Whitsundays, may desire a tropical island getaway and snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef. Those sailing in Greece want to explore ancient wonders and visitors to Canada are seeking a sailing-wilderness experience.
“We expect 80 per cent of our customers to be Australian sailors looking for an overseas sailing experience. More than likely, they will have sailed in the Whitsundays, considered the best sailing destination in Australia and will be seeking a new marine destination to explore.
“The remaining 20% will be inbound visitors from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand and South Africa, looking to sail in the Whitsundays.
“An advantage for Australians booking an overseas sailing holiday with RYH is that they can visit our website, choose their destination and preferred vessel, then speak with experienced Australian consultant in their own time zone and pay with Australian dollars, saving time and money.”
Ms O’Keefe said RYH was already actively seeking additional premium charter operators to partner in key destinations worldwide so it could further increase its holiday options.
”We also want to offer more Australian day and overnight crewed charter holidays. We are looking for opportunities with experiences such as whale watching in Moreton Bay and Hervey bay, Queensland and sailing in Sydney Harbour, New South Wales.
All 55 vessel offered by RYH are predominantly yacht with a selection of catamarans and motor cruiser as well. All are available for bareboat or crewed charter.
“About 80% of vessels are no more than five years old and have luxury fitting and contemporary layouts. They include respected brands such as Jeanneau, Beneteau, Leopard, Seawind, Perry, Highland, Venturer, and Conquest.” O’Keefe said. (gin/au).