Discover affordable fractional sailing in Pittwater, NSW
Angela and I own and operate SailTime Newport on the beautiful Pittwater just 45 minutes drive north of Sydney harbour. We first discovered SailTime in 2007 and after two years of research and after visiting bases and meeting with SailTime members in both Europe and the USA we took the plunge and started SailTime Newport in April 2009. We believe the SailTime concept is the perfect solution for people looking to sail regularly with friends and family but without the hassle of owning and maintaining the boat themselves. Angela is relatively new to sailing so we understand the apprehension that some people have about going on the water and the importance of progressing at a pace that you are comfortable with.
I have been enthusiastically sailing and racing for a number of years and as a qualified Sailing Instructor I appreciate that a good days sailing is a combination of the challenge of testing your skills against the elements while having a safe and enjoyable time. Whether you are a beginner or fully qualified, SailTime Newport offers an extensive range of YA training programmes tailored to suit your needs. Our goal is to ensure that when you go out on the water with your friends and family you can enjoy the world of sailing in a safe and affordable way.usiastically sailing and racing for a number of years and as a qualified Sailing Instructor I appreciate that a good days sailing is a combination of the challenge of testing your skills against the elements while having a safe and enjoyable time. Angela & I like to offer all our members a chance to make new friends through our regular member events including Sail days, twilight racing, cruises and local regattas and picnics. So whether you are a former boat owner, experienced sailor, or new to sailing, please give us a call and schedule a time to drop by our base at Newport. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you and show you around
Graham & Angela Raspass So stop dreaming and start sailing now with SailTime Newport
Pittwater – one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.
Just 45 minutes drive north of the Sydney CBD are long stretches of open beach, rugged headlands and sandstone sea cliffs, tranquil waterways, native bushland with pockets of rainforest, wetlands providing sanctuary to a myriad of bird species, and rock platforms bursting with marine life. Pittwater, known locally as “God’s back garden” is Sydney’s best-kept secret and provides access to the spectacular waterways that makes SailTime Newport particularly special. Come and Experience the highlights of Pittwater and Broken Bay with its delightful anchorages at Coasters Retreat , America Bay , Refuge Bay, and numerous marinas and restaurants and coffee shops at Church Point, Newport, Bayview Cottage Point , Bobbin head , Akuna bay, Brooklyn and many sheltered anchorages such as Jerusalem Bay, Smith Creek, Towlers or Hallett’s beach. Pittwater is widely acclaimed as a perfect sailing ground for everyone from novice sailors through to experienced seamen, and makes an ideal location for SailTime Newport . With it’s predominate nor-east sea breezes sweeping down over Barrenjoey Peninsula and offering protection from often rowdy Tasman Sea swells, one can comfortably sail the length and breadth of Pittwater, enjoying the challenges of mastering the elements in safety. Pittwater and it adjoining waterways of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury offer members the opportunity to safely navigate hundreds of nautical miles of pristine bays, inlets and rivers. If it’s cruising and sailing that feeds your soul, you’ll need look no further. Sailing out of Pittwater, up into one of the south-western arm of the Hawkesbury River, you have to remind yourself forcefully that you’re only 45 minutes (by road) from the hustle of central Sydney.
Moorings, anchorages & public berthing
View from West Head looking east – Barrenjoey Head and lighthouse gateway to the open seas
There are several amazing places to anchor or berth for the night. Most bays and inlets in Pittwater contain public moorings. Pittwater’s Royal Motor Yacht Club (RMYC) offers overnight berthing, as well as a good fuel and tucker stop. Further north of Scotland Island lies The Basin, a naturally enclosed lagoon, featuring a great camping/picnic spot. Once a vital refuge for coastal trading ships, the Basin, a naturally enclosed lagoon, featuring a great camping/picnic is now part of a National park. You can also find hundreds of popular public moorings in Refuge Bay and America Bay. In Australia’s early colonial days, these bays offered safe haven for convicts, smugglers and would-be pirates.I t’s a beautiful location, offering stunning scenery…grandiose sandstone cliffs jetting out over the bay, and a waterfall that seems to spring from the porous cliff before crashing into a pool below. What better place to take a refreshing soak or wash the day’s salt spray off your tired body? Those who have experienced the pleasures of cruising these brilliant Broken Bay waters can only agree with the words of the early explores when they described is as, one of the ‘….finest piece of land’ and stretches of waterway this side of the Equator.