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Yachting New Zealand positions available

Yachting New Zealand Partnership and Event Co-ordinator

Do you have great communication skills, excellent attention to detail and a knack for running successful events?  Then you could be exactly who we’re after. 

Yachting New Zealand has a rare opportunity for a Partnership and Event Coordinator. We’re looking for someone with a marketing, sponsorship and events management background, and while a knowledge of sailing and boating is not essential, previous experience dealing with a membership and/or club structure is preferred. 

In this role you will be the custodian of the Yachting New Zealand brand and play a leading role in ensuring it is clear and consistent across our entire ecosystem – from sailors and boats to staff and communications. 

Along with the chief executive, you’ll coordinate our sponsorship endeavours – supporting our existing partners and nurturing new relationships. 

You’ll know how to deliver high-profile events – you’re resourceful, organised, good with people and even better at juggling multiple priorities – and be the go-to person for our affiliated clubs and members, through our exclusive benefits programme. 

Most importantly, you’ll enjoy being part of a close-knit team dedicated to creating experiences and opportunities that foster a lifelong passion for sailing, boating and the environment. 

The job is for 32hrs/week and is based at Yachting New Zealand’s headquarters in Takapuna but offers a degree of flexibility. 

Please apply with a cover letter and CV to

Applications close 5pm Monday 13th February 2023. 

* Yachting NZ may begin shortlisting as applications are received and may withdraw the advert before the closing date.

Posted: 01/02/2023

Other positions available

Bucklands Beach Yacht Club

BBYC is looking for Team Racing Coaches for their 420 Team Racing squads. Coaching on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-7:30pm. Colleges: Macleans & St Kentigerns

For Term 1 2022 start date ASAP, please contact: 

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - Food & Beverage Team Members

RNZYS, the home of the America’s Cup, is looking for food and beverage team members with a passion for hospitality who are keen to join a growing team with many exciting opportunities, including help getting out sailing in Auckland. 

RNZYS is recruiting for multiple positions within the team and is open to varied skill levels and people keen to learn. The ideal candidate is thoughtful, reliable, hard-working, level-headed and can work across multiple functions.

Perfect for sailors moving to Auckland for university, there can be flexibility around study and sailing commitments.

Contact Georgia Witt at to apply.

Posted 24/01/2023

Camp Bentzon - Sailing Coach / Outdoor Instructor

Camp Bentzon is looking for a full-time employee for a fixed term contract for running introduction sailing sessions and lots of other camp jobs. For more information, see the listing on Trade Me or Seek or get in contact with Peter at

Posted 16/01/2023

Macandrew Bay Boating Club - Coaches

Demand for learn to sail courses at the Macandrew Bay Boating Club in Dunedin has exceeded expectations, meaning the club are on the hunt for coaches.

Macandrew Bay have recently purchased a number of boats, including a new RS Quest and RS Feva, and also purchased one of Yachting New Zealand's trailers used for the Volvo Sailing... Have a Go! programme. On top of that, they recently refurbished their clubrooms.

It hasn't gone unnoticed and the club is often a hive of activity. That's why they desperately need coaches, whether paid or voluntary. It could be an ideal job for a student on their summer break.

Please contact commodore Ross Whitburn on or 0274 323 509 to register your interest or for more information.

The NZ Sailing Trust - Skipper

Do you want to come and skipper on Steinlager 2 and Lion New Zealand?

We are a New Zealand outdoor education, youth development provider operating mainly in the Tīkapa Moana / Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Our New Zealand maritime environment is one of our greatest treasures and one that many in our communities have not experienced. Our programmes encourage young New Zealanders to become active in the great outdoors. Being able to sail on and be a part of this environment instils a greater appreciation of the need to protect our marine environment. 

The Trust works in partnership with charities, schools and community groups offering programmes on board these iconic yachts. At the core of the Trust is a passion extending back to the campaigns of Sir Peter Blake which fired New Zealand’s imagination and appetite for adventure.   

What do we deliver

The New Zealand Sailing Trust programmes focus on participants overcoming and embracing social and personal challenges. Together, we provide experiences that bring to life the values of leadership, courage, teamwork, communication, determination and respect.  

Each team member has the opportunity to learn and complete the various roles that are required onboard our vessels. They learn the skills of navigation, boat preparation and sailing, preparation of meals and how to live on a maxi yacht.  

We deliver essential life skills that inspire our youth and gives them an opportunity to build confidence and self-belief. As an individual and a team member, they are left with a great sense of achievement at the end of their journey. 

What we are looking for

  • Positive outlook on life and care for the marine environment
  • Advantageous to have experience working with, instructing and relating to young people
  • Sailing experience and good boat handling
  • Good level of fitness
  • Good communication, time keeping and personal presentation
  • Love to work outdoors and be away for up to five days at a time
  • Skippers require SRL with a P endorsement, >24m <500GT endorsement or ring fenced equivalent, prefer coastal medic and understanding of diesel engineering and yacht systems


Contact or call 021 333 816

Posted: 7/10/22

Waikato Thames Yachting Youth Development Officer / Coach

The Waikato Thames Yachting Association are looking for an energetic, self-motivated person to lead their programmes with a sole objective to grow participation in sailing.

They offer programmes targeted at youngsters, particularly Years 6-9, through a variety of have-a-go-type sessions and learn to sail courses through to learn to race. There is also an opportunity for sailors to progress through to the Starling and Laser classes.

Waikato Thames Yachting – Youth Development are the sailing provider for the Sports Waikato Energise Programme, who take schools to Lake Karapiro for a variety of activities, including sailing. They have also provided the sailing component for Yachting New Zealand’s Kokokaha educational programme. 

The successful candidate will work alongside other WTYA coaches in the region, assisting when requested.

Certification required: YNZ level 1 coach, powerboat licence, first aid certificate, drivers licence.

The successful applicant will be offered a fixed term contract from October 5 through to April with an opportunity to continue on a specific capacity through the winter.

Please apply to

Posted: 31/08/22

Northcote-Birkenhead Yacht Club LTS coaches wanted

Northcote-Birkenhead Yacht Club is looking for paid Learn-to-Sail coaches for the summer season.


Sunday mornings, 8.30am-12.30pm

October 16th – December 18th & February 12th – April 2nd 

Coaching Level 1/2 in Optimists, RS Quests, RS Fevas

Well paid

If you’re unable to commit to all dates, please contact us anyway, we can be flexible.

If you’re interested, please contact Blake:

Posted 04/08/22

Mackay Boats - boat fit-out specialist

Mackay Boats are looking for a fit-out specialist to run their fit-out team at their Silverdale base.

The fulltime role would suit someone with previous floor management experience who knows a lot about and is passionate about fitting out small racing yachts.

The job involves:

  • Final fit-out of hulls
  • Assembly of components
  • Final gelcoat detailing
  • Fibreglass and gelcoat repairs
  • Adherence to all build processes and company QA
  • Adherence to company health & safety policies
  • Must have a current work visa or be a New Zealand citizen

Mackay Boats are a leading international manufacturer of Olympic class 470, 49er and 49erFX racing yachts. They also build other high performance racing yachts like the foiling Moth, VX One, Starling and international 420.

Mackay Boats have a reputation for building and assembling high-quality racing yachts that have won numerous Olympic and world championship titles.

Anyone interested should view their website and then send their CV to        

Posted 11/07/22

Provincial Coach - Alberta Sailing Association (Canada)

Alberta Sailing Association, in Western Canada, is seeking a provincial coach for their program for the 2023 season onwards. The season runs from May to end of September, but could also be flexible and extend further for the right candidate. The coach would:

· Coach the club coaches

· Support young sailors who travel to the various regattas in Canada

· Provides training for the masters (mostly Laser sailors)

· Apply for sailing grants

· Develop a program to address the various membership groups

· Develop a provincial young sailing team

For more information and to inquire, you can contact Glynis Dorey, Alberta Sailing Association Executive, at + 1 780 237 2397, on skype at glynis.dorey3, or to send a resume for the position you can email her at

Alberta Sailing Association is looking for a multi year commitment, and will work with the right candidate to support the visa process.

Posted 24/05/2022

Nelson Yacht Club - Wingfoiling and Windsurfing Coach

The Nelson Yacht Club have seen tremendous growth in wingfoiling and windsurfing in recent times and are looking for someone to lead the club's programme.

Ideally with a background as a RYA windsurfing instructor, you’ll be an experienced instructor familiar with driving powerboats and teaching groups at all levels, from beginners through to advanced.

Proficiency in wingfoiling and demonstrable teaching experience are a must-have. Experience and qualifications in dinghy sailing instruction/coaching would also be an advantage, as would sales/retail experience.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the windsurfing and wingfoiling programmes at the club
  • Instruct, coach and inspire the club's windsurfers and wingfoilers with a tailored approach to different ages and ability levels
  • Develop and maintain relationships with equipment suppliers, manage stock levels and develop opportunities for clothing and equipment sales through the club shop
  • Mentor and train other members of the team
  • Communicate with members, clients and parents to coordinate bookings, payments and progression 
  • Create a fun, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for all members and visitors and build the community
  • Undertake the necessary maintenance for the club’s fleet of windsurfing and wingfoiling equipment

Other Responsibilities:

  • Work with the club manager and chief instructor to ensure health and safety standards are upheld
  • Work with the club manager and chief instructor to plan and implement an effective marketing strategy to deliver growth in windsurfing and wingfoiling activity
  • Maintain an active social media presence across current platforms and explore new opportunities
  • Teach/coach dinghy sailing as appropriate to qualifications and experience
  • Support all club sailing activities

This is a fixed-term, part-time, seasonal position or contracting opportunity from October to April (exact dates tbc) and allows for some flexibility and ability to manage your own work schedule.

Applicants must have the right to work in New Zealand or be able to get a valid New Zealand work visa.

Contact Tim Fraser-Harris on 022 548 7501 or for more information, including a full job description.

Posted 16/05/22

Doyle Sails

Doyle Sails is a proudly New Zealand owned and operated company that has been the leading supplier for high performance, superyacht, racing and cruising sails for more than 40 years.

With innovation and excellence at the heart of what we do, Doyle Sails is a fast paced, ever-expanding company that is taking the world by storm. With a very full order book, we’re looking for dynamic people to join our team where you will be working with a team of high profile, high performance and experienced sailors and sailmakers, who are the best in the business.

With opportunities for growth either in Auckland or amongst our 50 lofts around the world, all levels of experience are welcome to apply, including those looking for apprenticeship positions or those with years of sailmaking experience. Multiple positions will be made available to the right candidates at all levels, with higher than the industry standard remuneration packages to match experience.

Alternatively, if you are a contract worker and would like to join our team, please also apply.

Contact :

Posted: 4/2/22