Experience a slice of the dream life with Pilgrim Sailing.
Why do we as a society choose to work flat out, day-in day-out, in pursuit of ultimately achieving the ideal life? You know the life – the one where you call the shots, where time is irrelevant, the one you wake up to every day with a smile on your face knowing that your ‘work’ is your absolute passion. Why can’t we just take a leap of faith and start that ideal life now?
Owners and operators of Pilgrim Sailing, Clare and Paul Ley, have done just that.
Sydney based chartered accountant Clare and boat mechanic husband, Paul, always had the dream to one day retire on a yacht and maybe make a little cash on the side while doing it. It was always just a dream, until seven years ago when the pair had a light bulb moment and thought, “Well, why can’t we do it now?”
Ever the calculated accountant in Clare, the duo decided to dip their toes into the water, if you will, and operate a part-time chartered sailing business in Sydney Harbour. After four years of Clare keeping up the day to day corporate act, it was time to give it the flick and make Pilgrim Sailing their full-time gig.
Owner Paul Ley skippering Pilgrim with guests on-board a Sunset Sip & Sail in the magical waters surrounding Magnetic Island.
After a successful first full-time year of operation in Sydney, Clare and Paul set sail on a journey to explore the North. It comes with little surprise that they were blown away with what Townsville North Queensland had to offer. With no other dedicated sailing charters operating at the time, it was
an easy decision to bring Pilgrim to the North.
Clare and Paul split their time between operating from Magnetic Island during the winter period from May to October, before returning to their loyal following in Sydney for the summer. Stay tuned though – Magnetic Island has certainly cast a spell on Pilgrim, with whispers she may extend her time in our waters beyond October.
This year marks the second full season Pilgrim has been cruising its way around the Coral Sea bays off Magnetic Island, playing host to not only visitors, but overwhelming locals with the spectacular beauty of their own backyard. From a gentle twilight cruise (#Sip&Sail) to exhilarating yacht racing, Pilgrim Sailing is a slice of the dream life you’ve been waiting to experience.