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Terms & Conditions

BOOKING CONDITIONS

Sydney boasts a magnificent sailing harbour, which all should enjoy. Safety first and foremost is the most important guiding principle on the harbour and we suggest all charterers be conservative in their judgment and actions. All persons on a vessel must obey the directions of all maritime authorities and comply with all maritime regulations. We strongly recommend that each charterer make themselves aware of the regulations for sailing on Sydney Harbour prior to the charter and ask for any additional information from Sydney By Sail.


Set out below are the conditions for booking a charter. Additional conditions for each type of charter must also be complied with, as set out in the Sydney By Sail documents given to the charterer prior to the charter. Although we have many return charterers, please take the time to familiarise yourself with all the conditions of the charter before you book.

BOOKINGS

Cannot be confirmed until payment is received.

SECURITY BOND

At the commencement of the charter, a security bond of $1,000.00 for the Hunter 36 ($500 for Hunter 33, $1,200 for the Hunter 39 and $2,000 for the Hunter 45) must be authorised on a credit card bearing the same name as the booking. The Security Bond is cancelled within 5 working days of the end of the charter, less any charge for loss, damage or theft from the vessel.

CHARTER FEE PRICES

All prices are subject to change without notice.
Prices vary with the yacht and the charter. Details are available from Sydney By Sail.
The Weekend Rate is our standard rate and applies except during the Holiday Period and on weekdays. The Weekday Rate is 10% less than the Weekend Rate and applies except during the Holiday Period and on weekends.For the Holiday Period between 24 December and 15 January inclusive and the Australia Day Holiday on 26 January, there is a 10% additional charge on the total cost of the booking.

PAYMENT TYPES

All major credit cards accepted. Credit card surchages may apply. Cheques are only accepted by prior arrangement with Sydney By Sail and up to 5 working days before the date of the booking.

POSTPONEMENT

DATE CHANGE

If adverse weather conditions are determined by Sydney By Sail and the charter or sailing activity cannot proceed, there is no charge. Postponements for group private charter, regatta and treasure hunts, a 25% fee on the cost of the booking will be charged, together with payment in full for the skipper and catering (unless at least 7 days' notice of the postponement is given, in which case there is no charge for the skipper and catering, but a 10% postponement fee applies). For sailing activities booked by individuals or groups of individuals including but not limited to scheduled cruises, social races, twilight sailing, sailing school plus any other sailing activity whereby individuals can book, 14 days notice is required to postpone at which time there will be no charge. No postponement within 14 days rather the booking will be forfeited although Sydney By Sail reserves the right to allow a change of date due to extenuating circumstances.


CANCELLATION FOR CHARTERS

If notice of the cancellation is given within 7 days of the charter, all monies paid are due and payable to Sydney By Sail and are not refunded.
If notice of the cancellation is given between 8 days and 21 days of the charter, 50% of all monies paid are due and payable to Sydney By Sail and are not refunded.
If notice of the cancellation is given more than 21 days prior to the charter, 10% of all monies paid are due and payable to Sydney By Sail and are not refunded.

By arrangement with Sydney By Sail and the charterer, any monies due to be repaid to the charterer may be held by Sydney By Sail on credit for the charterer for a period of six months after the date of the booking, and used as payment for any further booking or other activity conducted by Sydney By Sail (excluding fees for skippers and catering).

CANCELLATION FOR BnBs

If notice of the cancellation is given within 14 days of the BnB charter, all monies paid are due and payable to Sydney By Sail and are not refunded.
If notice of the cancellation is given more than 14 days prior to the BnB charter, all monies paid are refunded to the charterer. By arrangement with Sydney By Sail and the charterer, any monies due to be repaid to the charterer may be held by Sydney By Sail on credit for the charterer for a period of six months after the date of the booking, and used as payment for any further booking or other activity conducted by Sydney By Sail (excluding fees for skippers and catering).

CALL OUT FEE FOR BnBs

Unless in the event of an emergency, a $100.00 call-out fee is charged for coming out to a BnB charter after anchor before the end of the charter.

REGATTAS

Sydney By Sail reserve the right to allocate yachts and crew numbers for regattas. Charters for corporate race days incur a 15% surcharge on the charter fee. Bareboat charters for corporate or industry race days incur a 20% surcharge on the charter fee.

CATERING

BYO food and drinks is permitted, however all refuse and empties must be removed from the vessel and the galley left in the same condition as at the commencement of the charter. Catered food and beverages are available from Bayleaf Catering & Harbourside Cellars through Sydney By Sail (these companies are aware of the requirements for each vessel). Any other caterers must first be authorised in writing by Sydney By Sail. A $25-$45 handling/corkage fee per vessel is applied to all beverage orders. Any food and drink remaining after the charter must be collected within 48hrs, or will be forfeited to Sydney By Sail.

RUBBISH

Please discard any refuse responsibly and not in the harbour. Please ensure the vessel is clean at the end of the charter. Charterers supplying their own catering are responsible for ensuring the vessel is clean after use and all refuse removed from the Sydney By Sail premises.

FOOTWEAR

Black and dark soled shoes leave marks on the vessel and are not permitted. White soled shoes are suggested. A $100.00 cleaning fee is charged to the charterer for the removal of marks caused by footwear.

SMOKING

Please discard any smoking refuse responsibly and not in the harbour. Ensure all lighted objects are put out before being added to refuse. Smoking is not permitted below decks on any vessel. Smoking below decks results in a $200.00 fee charged to the charterer.