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Sailing Melbourne - 3 Hour Bay Sail Adventure

Sailing Melbourne - 3 Hour Bay Sail Adventure

View the bustling metropolis of Melbourne from the quiet serenity of MV Alexander Stuart.

Docklands (Melbourne)
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  • Description

    Melbourne Sailing Adventure

    • 3 hour cruise on a tall ship
    • Yarra River cruise through the busy port of Melbourne
    • Join the crew and help set sail
    • Sailing in Melbourne’s Port Philip Bay
    • Afternoon tea, snacks, bottled water, soft-drinks
    • Areas inside the boat protected from the elements

    View the bustling metropolis of Melbourne from the quiet serenity of SV Alexander Stewart, a charming handcrafted timber ketch styled after "Spray", the first ship to circumnavigate the globe with a solo crew.

    Join a friendly and attentive crew for a 3 hour sailing experience in Melbourne's beautiful Port Phillip Bay. Hoist the sails and help with the operation of the ship, or just sit back and soak up the gentle exhilaration of sailing aboard a tall ship - it's up to you! 

    Departing from Docklands you'll sail down the Yarra and out into the Bay ready for an experience that you'll remember forever.

    Afternoon tea is included with snacks, bottled water and soft-drinks available. Why not bring your favourite bottle of wine or a couple of bottles of beer to help you relax and unwind.

    Book now for an unforgettable sailing experience!

    Intensity: 3.0 Intensity
    Intensity: 3.0 Intensity
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  • Reviews
    1 Review
    5 out of 5

    Loved the whole experience Crew were great. Would highly recommend

    Dorothy R   5 out of 5
  • Experience Details

    Fitness and Experience

    • No sailing experience necessary
    • The Boat may lean with the pressure of the wind in the sails; please let us know if you have limited mobility so we can position you appropriately.
    • Seasickness is occasionally an issue, if you feel that you are prone we recommend that you seek advice from a pharmacist/medical professional before you board the vessel
    • No wheelchair access

    What to Bring/Wear

    • Dress for the weather on the day, bringing a jacket is always recommended, as even during summer the breeze can be cool on the bay.
    • Bringing sunscreen a hat and long sleeves is recommended.
    • Wear flat-soled shoes, no sharp heeled shoes please
    • Bring a camera (wrist or neck strap recommended)
    • You are welcome to bring your favourite bottle of wine or a couple of bottles of beer

    What is Supplied

    • 3 hour cruise on a tall ship
    • Yarra River cruise through the busy port of Melbourne 
    • Join the crew and help set sail
    • Sailing in Melbourne’s Port Philip Bay
    • Afternoon tea, snacks, bottled water, soft-drinks
    • Areas inside the boat protected from the elements

    More Information

    About The Alexander Stewart

    The Alexander Stewart is constructed in timber, rigged as a gaff ketch. (Two masts, the foremast being the tallest, main) There is a crow’s nest on the main mast, originally used for spotting treacherous reefs, land & other sailing boats in the distance.

    The style of timber construction used on the Alexander Stewart is called cold moulding, an extremely strong method of timber boat construction. The keel is laminated in one piece from the bowsprit to the bumpkin, the ribs and stringers are laminated into one piece. The hull is formed by moulding thin pieces of high quality timber planking over the ribs. The Alexander Stewart’s hull is made from 5 skins of 10mm thick fine grained clear No.1 Oregon (Douglas Fir) This type of construction only became available with the advent of high quality & cost effective epoxy laminating glues.

    The Original “Spray”

    The Lines of the Alexander Stewart were taken directly from Joshua Slocum’s book “Sailing Alone Around the World”, which documents the first solo circumnavigation of the globe (1895-1898) in a boat called the “Spray”. The original Spray was smaller than the Alexander Stewart. The Spray was re-built from an old oyster boat in 1892, so the hull shape was likely from the early 1800’s.

    Joshua Slocum’s “Spray” became very well known as a reliable & seaworthy boat, it is likely that there have been over 800 copies made as the “Spray” has become a symbol for freedom and adventure.

    Joshua Slocum visited Melbourne on his famous voyage in 1896, for a time he stayed at St Kilda, were he caught a large shark and displayed it to the public for some income.

    There is plenty of information available on Joshua Slocum & the “Spray”, his famous book ‘Sailing Alone Around the World’ is also a good read.

    The Alexander Stewart 1969-Present

    In the late 60’s the Mitchell family along with some good friends decided they would build a vessel to sail the oceans of the world including a journey into the Arctic Circle. The design was of great concern—the vessel had to carry 18 people over long journeys and in close company. After much deliberation, the Alexander Stewart was inspired by and styled after the famous ship which Joshua Slocum achieved the first solo circumnavigation of the globe in 1898. This is one of the most famous sailing adventure stories of sailing around the world single handed.

    The Alexander Stewart was hand built in Sydney over 17 years by three generations of the Mitchell Family and is the celebration of Australia’s ship building and wooden boat craftsmanship skill. Commenced by Grandfather Alexander Stewart Mitchell, and his son’s John & Clive the vessel is a work of art as well as a work of love. There is now the 4th generation of the Mitchell family working on the boat.

    Their eye to detail and craftsmanship has created one of the best presented traditional vessels chartering in Melbourne with the unique layout of nine private cabins. The classic charm and rich timber fit out along with spacious open decks make a perfect vessel for a sailing adventure.

    The Alexander Stewart spent 11 years working the waters of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland. (2002-2013) 3 day sailing trips were the specialty; the boat worked hard, two trips every week meant that all but one day a week was spent at sea.

    The Alexander Stewart now calls Melbourne’s Docklands precinct home.

    Dimensions

    • Length over deck 19m (62’6”)
    • Length overall 23m (74’)
    • Beam 5.8m (19’6”)
    • Draft 2.4m (8’)
    • Height Mast to Waterline 19m (60’)
    • 9 private double cabins
    • 2 bathrooms
    • Displacement 50 tonnes unloaded
    • Engine 6 cylinder Gardener Diesel

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