About EastSail – who we are
Founded in 1998 by Ray Roberts, the Workforce Marine Leisure Group services have now expanded to include boat brokerage, sail-making, new build projects, sailing education, self-drive boat hire and yacht charter.
Workforce Leisure Group owns and manages many cruising and racing yachts available for charter Australia wide, in South East Asia and the West Coast of USA.
The expansion into boat hire and sail training is an extension of Ray Roberts beliefs that the certification in boating is becoming more and more a necessity. Clubs and charter companies all over the world are looking for skippers and crew that have been trained and qualified.
Eastsail was founded in September 1983, EastSail was launched on the same day Australia 2 won the America’s Cup. Auspicious beginnings indeed for Deb and Pete Franki and Joe Goddard, three young Sydneysiders with a passion for sailing and a dream of owning a sailing company. The company has grown to a full time staff of eight and a team of 20 highly qualified skippers and instructors and a $10 million fleet of 30 yachts and cruisers. EastSail fleet is second to none in Australia. Beneteau, Dufour, Sydney yachts and our cruisers that are the latest in design, well maintained and impeccably presented. Eastsail was purchased by Ray Roberts’s Workforce Marine Leisure Group in 2018.
- The experts in sailing yacht and motor cruiser charter
- Locals who have lived our lives on the harbour
- Sydney’s most trusted international sailing school
CEO Ray Roberts winning the Asian Regatta
Ray and his crew winning the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta
Meet the EastSail Crew
RYA Principal and CEO
Apart from being a successful business owner, Ray Roberts is a racing yachtsman of long standing; he has contested 22 Sydney Hobarts yacht races and represented Australia at the Admiral’s and Kenwood Cups and other international events. He is a three-time Australian IRC Champion and crowned three times as the Top Asian Sailor. He and his team have dominated nearly every Australian and Asian Ocean Yacht Racing Event Race including the Brisbane to Gladstone, Sydney to Southport, Hamilton Island Race Week, Raj Muda Regatta (winning twice), Kou Samui Regatta, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta (winning three times), China Coast Race Week (winning three times) and Royal Langkawi International Regatta (winning seven times).
Stella joined Eastsail after a stellar (excuse the pun) career in Event Management and Sales for Luna Park, Fantasea Adventure Cruises and Barrenjoey House.
One of the few RYA Offshore Yachtmaster examiners in Australia, Drew is a highly respected professional yachtsman with thousands of logged sea miles. He is an Umpire for Australian Sailing and previously Chief Instructor for Clipper Ventures Round the World Yacht Race.
Senior RYA Yachtmaster Instructor
Dock and Maintenance Manager
Mark joined Eastsail after a long career in the automotive industry solving all sorts of mechanical and electrical problems.
Events and Sales Executive
Bianca joined Eastsail after 15 years in the travel and hospitality industry with the last 8 years being with Emirates Airlines.
Power Boat Chief Instructor
Greta has an Arts degree but wants to live the life of a professional sailor! Greta is our fully qualified Australian Sailing Dinghy and Keelboat instructor, she teaches our RYA Power Boat Scheme and works on the docks as well.
Senior RYA Instructor
George’s love of boats and expertise in diesels lured him down to our docks 14 years ago to maintain our fleet of yachts as a marine mechanic, after working in the mechanical trucking industry as a service manager. He turned solely to skippering 6 years ago, and as a Coxswain will happily show you the sites of Sydney Harbour from our yachts or cruisers. One of the bubbliest skippers you’ll meet, George is sure to put a smile on your face!
RYA Yachtmaster Cruising Instructor
Lothar has been with Eastsail for 30 years! As a qualified Master V and RYA Yachtmaster Cruising Instructor – Lothar can cover our entire fleet of yachts as either skipper or instructor.
Bill is an old hand here at Eastsail, with years of experience working on larger vessels, his MASTER V, MED 2 and RYA Yachtmaster serve him well onboard our most luxurious cruiser, MV Yarranabbe as well as every other boat in our premier fleet. Having participated in several Sydney to Hobarts you’ll often find him skippering in our corporate, charter and charity yacht racing events.
Self Drive Boat Hire – Duty Manager
Thomas has been an active sailor and waterskier since he was born. Currently studying his Postgraduate Masters of Business at USYD on an Elite Sporting Scholarship. He is also professional lifeguard.
RYA Yachtmaster Instructor/Ships Master
Tom has been working at Eastsail for over ten years. His marine qualifications comprise of Master 5, RYA Yachtmaster & RYA Cruising Instructor. Tom also has a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering & a Diploma in Teaching – secondary physical education. Tom started sailing at the young age of 9 with his sister. His Dad bought them a dinghy and the passion grew from there and he raced all through his teens on Lake Macquarie. Tom then went on to buy his own yacht at the age of 20, which he repaired and set out on a 2 year voyage up the East Coast & onto Papa New Guinea. Tom notes this experience as one of his sailing highlights and used celestial navigation to find his way. Another highlight was delivering a yacht through the Panama Canal and onto Tonga; with sailing, Tom also enjoys surfing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, skiing, music & photography.