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Yachting New Zealand positions available


YNZ Programmes Coordinator

Yachting New Zealand are looking for someone to join our team as a programmes coordinator. The principal responsibility will be to deliver the highly-successful Volvo Sailing... Have a Go! programme but will also involve a handful of other tasks including:

  • Supporting the delivery and development of programmes like Yachting New Zealand's learn to sail programme and online learning tool, Embark
  • Administering the national events system and national event review panel
  • Administering the Yachting New Zealand appeals process
  • Providing support to the Yachting New Zealand race officials committee
  • Administering the national race officials qualification system
  • Contributing to Yachting New Zealand's best practice manual for clubs

Yachting New Zealand is the national sports organisation in New Zealand for the sport of sailing at all levels. We are a not-for-profit organisation of approximately 25 employees around the country and more than 200 member clubs, classes and affiliated organisations.

The Volvo Sailing... Have a Go! programme is Yachting New Zealand’s initiative to get children into sailing and last season a record 4000 took part. Offered to schools throughout the country in terms four and one, it is designed to give primary and intermediate school students the opportunity to try sailing in a safe and well-managed environment.

The successful applicant will manage the three Volvo Sailing... Have a Go! instructors around the country as well as maintain and build relationships with a number of key stakeholders including schools, clubs and funding agencies.

The programme coordinator is a permanent, part time role (0.6 FTE) and some flexibility is offered around days and hours worked.

We're looking for someone who has been involved in yacht clubs and their programmes and has experience with coaching and training programmes, working with volunteers and managing and delivering projects.

The successful person will need to be a good communicator and adept at relationship management, be highly organised and think laterally and find ways to solve problems.

See the link for a full job description

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Applications by email should go to Any queries can be directed to Andrew Clouston at

Applications close on Friday, August 16 2019.

Other positions available

Sailing Coaches - Maraetai Sailing Club

Maraetai Sailing Club is a friendly, well equipped sailing club in East Auckland, and we are proud to be hosting the 2021 Optimist Nationals.

We are looking for coaches that can inspire our young sailors with fun & effective coaching, both on and off the water. Our sailing program runs from approx. October through to April.

Our sailors range in age and experience, starting from our 9 year old Learn to Sail students, through to highly experienced Optimist Open Fleet and Starling sailors.

We can offer our coaches a range or days/hours to suit their availability, during both weekends and evenings.  There is also the option to run school holiday programmes and private coaching.  

In return, we offer support with upskilling coaching qualifications, help and support with arranging working visas and suitable accommodation (if required), and a competitive hourly contractor rate (based on experience).

Please contact Jenni on 021 440 145 or email to discuss further.

Queen Charlotte Yacht Club head coach 2019-20

The Queen Charlotte Yacht Club are located in Picton on Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. We are a small, friendly, family club producing some top junior and youth sailors, including several national and world champions.

We are looking for a dynamic, skilled coach who is a great communicator and team builder to continue our successful coaching programme.

Primary focus

  • Running a number of learn to sail programmes during the season
  • Implementing and running the weekly and weekend coaching programme
  • Developing the skills of sailors from learn to sail through to club racing
  • Focus on junior and youth fleet, including Optimist, Starlings and Lasers
  • School teams sailing coaching
  • Travelling to away regattas as required by the club
  • Mentoring young sailors and junior instructors

This is a fixed term time role and will require the coach to be available from September for promotional activities. The term of contract will be from September 2019 through to the end of April 2020. This is a 5-6 day per week position, including a number of full weekends; hours are flexible by mutual arrangement.

The contract may be extend to the 2020-2021 season by mutual agreement.

Queen Charlotte Yacht Club will offer a competitive package based on experience, ability and performance. A vehicle, accommodation and airfares may also be provided to a suitable candidate.

See here for further information  or please contact either:

Richard Gifford (commodore):
Chris Shaw (coach convener):

Expressions of interest close July 25, 2019


Learn to Sail Lead Coach - Murrays Bay Sailing Club

Overview of the position
Murrays Bay Sailing Club was founded in 1959, and our goal is to be the club that provides sailors with the best possible environment and opportunity to sail fast and achieve excellence in the sport of centreboard sailing. Our Learn to Sail programmes are the first step into starting the lifelong learning experience that sailing offers, and is vital for the continued success of the club.

With programmes that run during the term 1 and term 4 school terms, the Learn-to-Sail head coach’s day-to-day role includes a variety of tasks, including on water coaching and off water administration within the club, outreach to schools, and regular communication with the parents involved.

Overview of hours

  • 2 holiday programmes, end of term 3 school holidays (September 30th - October 2, October 7-9). Approximately 25 hours each programme
  • Regular coaching during the twice a week term 4 and term 1 programmes (TBC dates, but likely October 16 - December 15th, and then again January 29 - April 1). Approximately 16 hours/week
  • Once a week programme, Saturdays 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Twice a week programme, Wednesday 3:30pm - 7:30pm, Sunday 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • 2 holiday programmes, before term 1 starts (January 6 - 8, January 13 - 15). Approximately 25 hours each programme
  • Additional administrative outreach and upkeep, approximately 4 hours/week

Qualifications and relevant experience

  • Relevant experience managing a group of sailors of 10-12 and making critical calls regarding weather, beach launching
  • Experience with seasonal programme planning for young sailors between 8 & 14 years old
  • Experience leading and helping to upskill between 1 and 3 coaches who will be under your leadership
  • Experience with engaging parents to increase the value of the programme for the sailors
  • Must have some coach boat driving certification, vhf license, and relevant YNZ LTS coaching qualification (or equivalent)
  • At least 2 years of previous seasons coaching experience

Remuneration and benefits

  • Wage - hourly wage as a contractor, relevant to experience
  • Help and support finding suitable accommodation

We are also looking for new supporting coaches that are keen to upskill and coach in a part time capacity on any of the above sessions.

This is a seasonal role with approximately 20-25 hours of work available, with more opportunities to coach for the right candidate. Any inquiries and resumes can be directed to Peter Soosalu, Manager & Club Coach, at


Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club - Sailing School Race and Learn to Sail Coach

Start Date: September 2019

Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club (TYPBC) are looking to appoint an experienced race coach for junior sailors with learn to sail experience.

Based in Tauranga Harbour, 2.5 hours from Auckland, New Zealand, TYPBC have a strong history of producing Olympic and America’s Cup champions.

The TYPBC Sailing School offers learn to sail and race programmes to youth and adults in Optimist, O'pen Skiff, P Class, Starling, Laser, Schools 420 team racing and windsurfing, along with school sailing taster programmes. The race programme is not large enough to sustain a fulltime race coach, so the appointee will also be required to coach on the learn to sail programme.

Race coach duties and responsibilities:

  • Coaching and managing the race programme of junior sailors
    • Planning courses and course content
    • Maintaining a record of race coaching revenues and expenses
    • Liaising with sailors, parents, schools and teachers and TYPBC centreboard committee with regards to course information, registration, invoicing
    • Setting team and individual sailing goals
    • Attending and coaching at regattas
    • Developing, reviewing and implement sailing school procedures, risk management, safety plans and documentation
    • In conjunction with the LTS coach, maintaining the sailing equipment, safety boats and facility, keeping them looking good, safe and in good working order at all times
    • Maintain club policies and safety standards and local bylaws at all times
    • Provide leadership and guidance to junior coaches
    • Complete an end of season report to the TYPBC executive
  • Assisting on the LTS programmes
    • Assisting LTS coach with the weekday school programmes. At times, this will require the coach to lead a programme for schools and direct other coaches.

Race coach specific requirements

  • Yachting New Zealand learn to sail and racing coach qualification or equivalent (RYA instructor, Yachting Australia instructor etc)
  • Previous racing and race coaching experience
  • Previous LTS coaching experience
    • Powerboat driver’s qualification and current first aid qualification
    • Ability to operate a full range of small sailboats and motorboats safely
    • Flexible with working hours
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (competent in English language)
    • Excellent organisation and time management skills, a positive attitude and ability to work independently as well as being a part of a team
    • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, email, social media and website)

Additional skills

  • Windsurf/boardsailing coaching experience would be beneficial but not essential


  • The role will report to the club manager for the race programme and to the LTS coach for the learn to sail programme.
    • The roles will require communication between race and LTS coaches to ensure both programmes are run effectively

The coach can expect between 30 and 40 hours per week. Most sessions run after school and on weekends, with day-long programmes during school holidays. Week day school coaching at times will also be required. Some travel to regattas will also be required.

Onsite shared accommodation is available.

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