Explore Sydney on the magnificent Southwinds sailing yacht

Our beautiful sailing yacht, Southwinds, has an impressive English design pedigree and past. Designed by Robert Clark in 1948, her original plans are now in the Museum in Greenwich and her specifications registered with Lloyds.

Constructed with beautiful Huon Pine and launched in 1950, she would have been one of the fastest and largest yachts in Sydney Harbour at that time.

The deck area comprises a massive top deck with dining table and seating, and plenty space for guests to relax and enjoy the scenic wonders of Sydney.

Southwinds is available for private charters, small corporate events, overnight stays as well as private and small group public sightseeing and history cruises. Join us with a friend of with your family.

Sailing yacht Southwinds

Featured Experiences

Private Charter

Southwinds is available for charter on Sydney Harbour

  • Enjoy our luxury sailing yacht Southwinds as your own. Sail, cruise or anchor up and enjoy lunch and a swim.

  • $3,450 for a 4 hour charter for up to 22 guests

  • Southwinds is fully licensed. We can take care of the arrangements for food and drink or you can BYO.

Sightseeing and History Cruise

Private and small group public history cruises on Sydney Harbour

  • Join us aboard our 61ft luxury sailing yacht to see the sights of Sydney Harbour

  • Learn about Sydney’s history and experience the thrill of helming a 61ft sailing yacht as you cruise around the harbour.

  • Includes complimentary refreshments and beverage

  • Private and small group public cruises available

Technical Specifications

  • Length: 61 Feet
  • Beam: 4.3 m

  • Draft: 2.5 m

  • Hull Material: Carvel built Huon pine on spotted gum frames

  • Berths: 6

  • Toilets: 1

  • Shower: 1 shower and a bath

  • Designer: Robert Clark

  • Built: 1950

Sailing Yacht Southwinds

Our primary sailing charter vessel, Southwinds, has a rich history. Under the name Valhalla, she was one of the first sailing yachts to be skippered around the world by a woman, has competed in the Sydney to Hobart, and has been owned at various times by notable Australians including John Hallas of Ella Bache — the sponsor of Jessica Watson’s solo circumnavigation of the Southern Hemisphere.

Having held many names over the years, the original name Southwinds was restored as the vessel itself was restored in New Zealand. The 1948 plans for Southwinds, including pencil sketches of her keel profile, lie in the British National Maritime Museum. Launched in 1950, Southwinds was one of the largest and fastest yachts to sail Sydney Harbour, and to this day remains a breathtaking sight

An unforgettable experience on Sailing Yacht Southwinds

Anyone who has spent time aboard Southwinds will confirm, sailing is just a part of the enjoyment. She is a beautiful yacht that sails fast and steady due to a long waterline and solid build. The decks are expansive as can be expected on a yacht this long, while her Ketch rig keeps her manageable to sail.

This sublime classic sailing yacht features rich timbers, large windows with high wide floors, creating a luxurious, spacious and welcoming atmosphere.

The sailing yacht can take up to 22 guests on a cruise. Southwinds has space for 2 overnight guests (or one family)


The comfortable dining area and open galley offer a large, inviting entertainment space. The craftsmanship is impeccable in the cabinetry and styling. Comfortable seats and sofas face outwards along the interior walls and large windows ensure guests have unobstructed views from every angle.


Guest accommodation comprises a large master room with Queen bed, plenty of light and ample storage. Then there are two cabins with a king single in each cabin. There is a separate head from the bathroom, so you can spend more time undisturbed in the bath. Yes, that’s right, a bespoke wooden bath with traditional brass fittings.