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Day sails

Departing the wharf in Picton, our day sails are an excellent way to enjoy the great natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds. Heave, Ho, and up she rises, as we get the mainsail up and turn off the engine – peace descends and we are under sail. Morning tea included.

Departing: 930am

Returning: 1230pm

Cost: $95 per person, $55 for children under 16.

Minimum guests: 4

Overnight Cruising in Queen Charlotte Sound

Departing Picton, we’ll explore some of the beautiful bays of the inner sounds, working our way out toward Cook Strait and the outer Queen Charlotte Sound. We’ll develop sail handling routines and enjoy the pure pleasure of just being at sea! Sailing conditions are typically anywhere from ghosting in light airs to bowling along under a deep reef and stays’l, although one of the nice things about the sounds is the relatively flat water in all weather.  All meals, snacks, coffee and tea, and linen are provided.

Departing from Picton

Departure and Returning times by arrangement.

Cost: Please contact us for rates.


Sailing in French Pass and D’Urville Island

D’Urville Island sailing offers the more remote character and outstanding beauty of the outer Marlborough Sounds. Memorable places include the Paddock Rocks, Jag Rocks, Greville Harbour, Port Hardy, and the turbulent waters of the French Pass. Conditions can be challenging at times, although shelter is never far away. Departing from the wharf in Elsmlie Bay (French Pass), Steadfast offers day and overnight cruises in Admiralty Bay and up and down the D’Urville Island coast. The isolation is splendid.

Pleased contact us for availability.

Bookings may be secured with a deposit of 30% of the total value of the booking, with the balance payable 14 days before sailing.

Cancellation policy – Steadfast Traditional Sail reserves the right to cancel any tour due to adverse weather conditions, for which a full refund or re-booking will be offered. Cancellation by clients will incur a cancellation fee according to the following conditions:

  • 30 days or more before date of booking: 10% of the full booking
  • 14-29 days before date of booking: 50% of the full booking
  • 1-13 days before date of booking: No refund will be available.

Please contact us for availability. We look forward to hearing from you!

Steadfast Traditional Sail

Marlborough Sounds - New Zealand