Snorkeling Great Barrier Reef… SAILAWAY is a luxury sailing catamaran that takes limited number of guests to from Port Douglas to Low Isles on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Built by Lagoon in Bordeaux France, Sailaway is the first of Lagoon’s new production boats to arrive in Australia.
AN AUSTRALIAN FIRST
Sailaway is the first Lagoon 500 new production boat built by Lagoon in Bordeaux France to arrive in Australia.
Now at home in Port Douglas, Tropical North Queensland Sailaway undertook the longest delivery in the world to become the first large sailing cat to arrive by sea, on her own bottom in Australia.
ULTIMATE SAILING EXPERIENCE
Sailaway’s Lagoon 500 Catamaran is a truly spectacular vessel. She moves smoothly and comfortably across the ocean, offering our guests a unique Great Barrier Reef experience unmatched by other operators. Demand for this particular model was so high that it sold out 18 months before the Lagoon factory even launched their first boat!
PHOTOS OF OUR BOATS
FROM BORDEAUX TO PORT DOUGLAS
Please visit the “Boat History” category in our blog for further details on Sailaway’s incredible journey from France across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to Port Douglas, Australia.
Sailaway Owner/Operators Steve & Katrina Edmondson
Port Douglas Snorkelling… Port Douglas Power Couple Katrina and Steve Edmondson grew up in a perpetual six-degrees of separation from each other, yet it took them nearly two decades to meet. Once they did, there was no stopping them from achieving their dreams. The result is a thriving company featuring Port Douglas’ most beloved yacht, Sailaway, and a business that continues to grow.
Steve and Katrina are very hands-on, so much so that Steve actually skippers the beautiful Sailaway at least twice a week. Aside from the most beautiful sailboat in Port Douglas, the couple also have the management contract for Poseidon, the reputable reef-dive adventure boat, which just happens to be owned by Katrina’s family.
The couple have 2 young children, Guy & Jazmin and they reside permanently in Port Douglas. Their business name pretty much sums up the couple’s intention. “It means the finest and the best, with all things considered.”
Like their motto, it appears that Katrina and Steve have the best of everything at their fingertips.
Wishing everyone a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Sailaway IV is now completed and has recently been launched in Bordeaux in France!
Katrina and Steve made the long journey to Europe for the handover and final inspections and this is our first newsletter giving you updates on the sea delivery from France, across the Atlantic, Panama Canal, across the Pacific and into Port Douglas.
The sail delivery is now under way. We met up with our Delivery Crew Morrie and Irene and the Lagoon team as well as Brendan Hunt, our broker from Vicsail, Sydney at the Paris Boat show early December. A very impressive event and we felt even more confident that we had chosen the right model of boat and quality builder.
We enjoyed staying in the heart of Paris and having a dose of Europe, including the cold grey rainy days sitting in cafes near Notre Dame broken up by long walks, sightseeing and metro rides from St Germaine. We made our way to Bordeaux by air then train to the beautiful and historic sea port of La Rochelle. After checking into the Mercure Hotel next to the marina, we gazed out in the evening sky to spot the distinctive Lagoon profile and could not resist getting fleeced up and jumping the gate to introduce ourselves to our new Sailaway IV a Lagoon 500.
We had received regular photos during production from the factory yet needed to get onboard and enjoy our reality check. We were not disappointed even though we had no lights or torch we were very excited with the prospects that lay ahead. Needless to say, we made ourselves at home and stayed on the boat for the next 6 days.
Sailaway IV undertook the first sea trails from the factory to La Rochelle to have the new custom stainless steel life rails built and make final preparations for the 14,000 nm sea delivery. During the initial 6 days living onboard we had some very cold and windy days, ice covered decks, one morning gusting 52 knots. The sails went up, new spinnaker hoisted, reef lines adjusted, all lockers, hatches and manuals inspected. Endless lists were attacked to keep the departure on time, hoping for a weather break and the team all got motivated. Many laughs were had and stories were told during the numerous outings to great restaurants. Work was productive with the usual ‘Plat de Jour’ and a bottle of Rose’ as well on the odd crisp clear day.
Katrina and Steve left for the 37 hours journey from La Rochelle to Cairns and Port Douglas, while Morrie & Irene made their final checks and studied the weather on Morrie’s sat phone data linked to laptop in anticipation on the shortest but potentially hardest leg of the journey, across the Bay of Biscay in winter, aiming to get to Lisbon for a Christmas break. The Atlantic crossing is planned during January and Steve, Katrina and family will join the boat again in Tortolla BVI, Caribbean around the 1st February 07.
P.S. Latest report from Sailaway IV via sat phone. “Everything going like a dream, 45 nm from Lisbon Portugal on the 22/12/06 at 12.30pm. Boat sailing well and fast in varied conditions.”