Friendly sailing instructors with over a decade of combined experience.

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John Bankart

John is the managing director and principal of Sunshine Sailing Australia. Winner of the 2003 and 2007 Melbourne-Osaka double handed yacht races. John is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtmaster Examiner to Ocean both power and sail. John is an accomplished yachtsman, highly respected by his peers throughout the world. John has sailed over 150’000 sea miles worldwide, competed in 6 Sydney to Hobart yacht races, the infamous Fastnet, and was skipper of the yacht ‘Maiden’ racing around the world. John continues to contest major ocean races, entering his 3rd Melbourne to Osaka double handed yacht race in 2018.

Carl Bird

Carl has been helping people work, travel and explore the beauty of the world by teaching and assessing international Yachting qualifications.

At Sunshine Sailing Australia we teach theory and practical courses up to Ocean Yachtmaster levels with commercial endorsements for working in the superyacht industry that is recognised in all oceans and countries.

We also provide the leisure seeking sailor with the skills and expertise to confidently navigate on personal passages. International Certificates of Competence can also be assessed and awarded for those who wish to skipper yachts in international waters.

Section 1.10.32 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum”, written by Cicero in 45 BC

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1914 translation by H. Rackham

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

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