CANCELLED: Whitsunday Rendezvous 2021

Date of event: October 22-30, 2021

Locale: Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia

We regret to announce that the 2021 WHITSUNDAY RENDEZVOUS has been cancelled.

New dates will be announced in 2022.

With lockdowns continuing throughout Australia, the organisers of the Whitsunday Rendezvous have made the difficult decision to cancel the event for 2021. Mariner Boating Holidays hope to bring this event back in 2022 and we will let you know when new dates have been decided. 


In October 2021 the famous Whitsunday Rendezvous returns! After a ‘Covid pause’ this popular fun event promises to be special – and we’d love you to join us.

Held from 22 – 30 October, you can join on your own boat, charter a cabin or charter a whole yacht. This year we are taking it up a notch with the White on Whitehaven Long Lunch by Fish D’Vine, guaranteed to make this event truly memorable.






Co-hosted by Multihull Solutions, The Yacht Sales Co and Mariner Boating, this week of casual carousing on the water has been an enjoyable sailing event in the biannual calendar. Combine cruising the idyllic Whitsunday Islands with a varied social program and some great prizes.

The Rendezvous is a unique combination of sailing camaraderie and social engagements. The sailing itinerary includes frequent stops for memorable social functions and private relaxation. Competition for the special prizes during the blindfolded dinghy sprint, our famous figurehead contest and time trial can become fierce!

BYO Boat or Charter

In 2021 we have introduced flexible joining options, where you can bring your own yacht or charter a cabin or whole yacht.

1. Bring your own boat and pay a participation fee
The entry fee for this year’s Whitsunday Rendezvous  is $699 per person (list of inclusions below).

2. Charter

There are only three rules for the event:

  1. Have a good time
  2. Sail safely
  3. Have a good time

Proposed Sailing Itinerary

Day 1 – Friday 22 October
The program will start and finish at the Coral Sea Marina in Airlie Beach. Join us for welcome drinks and canapes in the all-new Look Out Lounge where we’ll get the party started. A mandatory event briefing will also be part of the evening.

Then enjoy a relaxed evening onboard your yacht in the marina.

Day 2 – Saturday 23 October
Mid-morning, we will sail from Airlie Beach to Nara Inlet. Nara Inlet is a beautiful fjord-like inlet, featuring ancient Ngaro Aboriginal cave paintings. Take a bush walk and enjoy views over the inlet or walk to the top of the waterfall, which is spectacular after heavy rains.

Day 3 – Sunday 24 October
From Nara Inlet, we’ll sail to Cid Harbour. The scenic walking track from Sawmill Beach to Dugong Beach is not too strenuous. If you are fit and have the whole day, consider a walk to Whitsunday Peak to be rewarded with spectacular views over The Whitsundays. This anchorage is teeming with turtles, and you will may spot sea eagles and the occasional dugong!

Day 4 – Monday 25 October
Spend a leisurely day sailing Whitsunday Islands National Park; recommended stops include Mays Bay and Gulnare Inlet.
If you wish to visit Hamilton Island today, we will pre-book berthing for you. If you do visit Hamilton Island, sunset drinks at One Tree Hill are a highlight.

Day 5 – Tuesday 26 October
Spend the day at the iconic Whitehaven Beach and enjoy a spectacular long lunch on one of Queensland’s most magnificent beaches. The White on Whitehaven Long Lunch is sure to be the culinary highlight of the week. Lunch will be prepared and presented by Fish D’Vine. Welcome cocktail, beer, wine and soft drink are also included. There will be sun protection and facilities on the beach.

Day 6 – Wednesday 27 October
Sail to Cateran Bay on Border Island. Cateran Bay offers great snorkeling and diving as well as a pretty beach accessible at high tide. There is a beautiful walk with magnificent views.

Day 7 – Thursday 28 October
This morning we’ll sail from Cateran Bay to Butterfly Bay, a great place to snorkel or dive. From Butterfly Bay, you can also dinghy around to Maureen’s Cove for more beautiful snorkelling and diving. There is an abundance of fish and corals that can take you days to explore.

Day 8 – Friday 29 October
Sail at leisure back to Airlie Beach and join us for a final night themed event at Sorrento Restaurant.
Spend the night on board your yacht in the marina.

Day 9 – Saturday 30 October
Farewell all your new friends and continue onward with your adventures.

The itinerary will be dotted with memorable social functions, including a blindfolded dinghy sprint, Figurehead competition and time trial.





White on Whitehaven Long Lunch

Picture yourself dining on one of the most pristine beaches, Whitehaven Beach, voted one of the best in the world for pure white, soft, silica sand, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands.

Take your seat at the beautifully decorated long table on Whitehaven Beach, surrounded by your newfound friends, enjoying a welcome mojito.

Indulge in an all-inclusive BBQ and lunch buffet, rib fillets, barramundi and chicken skewers, chilled prawns, sliced ham, smoked chicken breast, salami and mild pancetta and refreshing salads. This will be accompanied by Australian wines, beer and soft drink.

Cool off after lunch in the water of the Coral Sea and spend the afternoon soaking up the sun before your returning to your cat.

Dress code is ‘white smart casual’.

Pricing: BYO Boat or Charter

In 2021, we have introduced flexible joining options, where you can bring your own yacht or charter a cabin or whole yacht.

1. Bring your own boat and pay a participation fee:
The entry fee for this year’s Whitsunday Rendezvous is $699 per person

2. Charter: If you are interested in chartering you can view further information on Mariner Boating’s website here.

What’s included? – BYO Participation Fee

• 8 nights’ hosted sailing itinerary
• Welcome drinks and cocktail dinner after embarkation
• White on Whitehaven Long Table Lunch
• Final night dinner in Airlie Beach
• Race management
• Daily weather updates
• Regular newsletters with activity suggestions and local information
• 24/7 support from experienced hosts from Multihull Solutions, The Yacht Sales Co and Mariner Boating Holidays
• 24/7 professional technical assistance for the yacht

Entry Forms Now Available

Secure your spot on the Rendezvous by completing and returning the Entry Form below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Download Entry Form Here


Rocna Anchors
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Coral Sea Resort

Ocean Magazine

Pantaenius Insurance

The Boat Works

Marine Trade Supplies

Australian Multihull World Magazine

Minute Man Press Sunshine Coast

Greenskin Wine

Ross & Whitcroft


If you are keen to sponsor or support this event in any way, please email Sarah for more details.


For media enquiries please email Sarah for more information.


Please call Sarah on 1300 855 338 (within Australia) or +61 7 5452 5164 (outside Australia) or email Sarah with any questions or to find our more information, we will be only too pleased to assist!

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