Shirley Valentine Sailing
Shirley Valentine Sailing
Shirley Valentine Sailing

Start your adventure here

Live the Dream.

Learn to sail and cruise to beautiful, far-off destinations. Sail around Queensland’s gorgeous Gold Coast, Australia’s number-one tourist destination or the natural wonders of the Broadwater and the Moreton Bay Marine Park.

Sail on a modern cruising boat, with all the creature comforts, not an ex-racing boat.

About Us

Craig Hardy is the Chief Instructor and Principal of Shirley Valentine Sailing and is a qualified Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor.

He has sailed extensively in Australia, the Mediterranean and Britain. He is passionate about cruising and lived on Shirley Valentine for more than five years.

Courses and Experiences

Courses are flexible and tailored to suit your needs and include all the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) courses up to Yachtmaster Offshore. 

The RYA courses are internationally recognised and can lead to you obtaining an International Certificate of Competency or commercial qualifications overseas.  

We can also provide specialty courses and tuition on your own boat. 

Most courses range from one day to five days depending on your needs and previous experience. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Ask us about discounts for couples and multiple bookings.


1 DAY – $650

An introductory sailing experience to sample the courses and determine if you’d like to take your interest further with more formal sailing credentials. You’ll learn some of the basics of sailing and get to know your way around a boat and how it works. You might just fall in love with it!


5 DAYS OR 3 WEEKENDS – $1550

Progress from beginner status to confidently crew on a
yacht. You’ll get practical experience working the sails and other equipment, boat-handling, anchoring and mooring, understand the basics of navigation, sea safety and essentials of weather.


5 DAYS OR 3 WEEKENDS – $1550 

For competent crew or experienced sailors wishing to develop their skills to skipper on day trips. Gaining this qualification also allows you to apply for an International Certificate of Competency – a requirement for many charter companies in Europe and the Seychelles.


Contact us about advanced RYA courses leading to Yachtmaster Offshore and commercial qualifications. RYA Yachtmaster is the benchmark for professional yachting and also opens doors to skippering and instructing jobs.

Pricing on request depending on course.


If you wish to extend your knowledge and skill on your own boat, we can tailor a number of short courses to meet your specific needs. Perhaps you have a particular area of interest or skill you wish to develop? Contact us to discuss options.

Pricing dependant on training needs.


A number of weekend or longer trips along the east coast of Australia to develop your skills and experience, and build your sea miles toward advanced qualifications. We offer exciting sailing experiences and set passages to wonderful destinations.

Pricing dependant on the voyage.

The Boat

Shirley Valentine - your home on the water

Shirley Valentine is a comfortable Bavaria 38 Cruiser built for long term cruising. “Shirley” has good-sized cabins, heaps of storage, large heads (toilet and shower) and even a microwave. Click the images below to expand.

Student numbers are restricted to ensure comfort on board. All bedding and provisions are supplied.


For any enquiries,
please contact Craig

Gold Coast
Shirley Valentine Sailing is located on Australia's beautiful Gold Coast.