British Defender - 2 Day / 1 Night Sailing

British Defender - Aerial Sailing Shot
British Defender - Guests on Side
British Defender - Interior Midship Bunks and Table
British Defender - Boat Layout

Prices start from $399pp

Purpose built to sail around the world, the British Defender is a high-tech Whitbread Maxi that raced around the world in 1990 by the British armed forces. With modern, air conditioned interiors and a large, spacious deck, this maxi-sailing yacht offers dream sailing.

British Defender has been refitted for comfortable Whitsunday sailing tours and features spacious open plan designs below deck with headroom higher than 6ft throughout, 3 showers and toilets and 3 dining tables. The wide decks offer plenty of space to relax and take in the exciting sailing experience of these racing thoroughbreds.


The vessel has open plan accommodation, with 3 bathrooms, 16 Single Bunks and 6 Double Bunks.

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


The following itinerary is an example of a scheduled cruise. All cruises are subject to weather and tidal conditions and the Captain's professional judgement in putting together the best itinerary to keep guests happy, safe and well.

Day 1:
Meet your crew at Coral Sea Marina at 8am for a head count, to depart the marina at 8.30am. Get involved with setting the sails or sit back and relax as you glide across the Whitsunday Passage to Whitsunday Island, finding anchorage at Tongue Bay. Take a guided walk to Hill Inlet and soak in the stunning vistas, and explore the white-sand beach. In the afternoon set sail for another island where you can watch the sun go down whilst enjoying drinks and canapes.

Day 2:
After rising early for breakfast, there's time for snorkelling the fringing coral reefs. Sail on to another location for a swim, snorkel or a beach stop. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading off back towards Airlie Beach across the Whitsunday Passage, arriving around 4pm.


  • 2 Days / 1 Night Sailing
  • Services of the skipper and crew
  • All Meals and snacks
  • Tap Water
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Snorkelling Equipment & Basic Tuition
  • Stinger Suits
  • Bed Linen


Departs: 8.30am Tues, Thurs, Sat from Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach.

Additional Info

What to Bring: clothes, towel, toiletries, hat, swimwear, sunscreen, jacket/sweater, camera, sunglasses, runners or sandals for island walks, alcohol and soft drinks. Guests can bring your own alcohol, no glass or red wine please. Soft drinks are sold on board, but guests may bring their own. Guests are asked to limit luggage. Please pack in soft sided zipless bag. We provide dry bags hire; for a deposit of $50 (cash only) which will be refunded on return. We also provide luggage storage at the Explore Whitsundays Reservations Office for $10 per person.
Children: This cruise is suitable for 15+ years. Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Guests: Minimum 12 - Maximum 28
Operated By: Explore Whitsundays