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Yachting New Zealand positions available

New Zealand sailors have established a proud tradition on the world stage, winning multiple medals at Olympic and world level, and Yachting New Zealand are looking for someone to help bring about more success.

We're looking for a new high performance operations manager to join our team at our North Shore headquarters. 

In short, you'll ensure this country's top Olympic sailors and coaches get the performance and operational support needed to succeed on the world stage.

You'll be a New Zealand citizen or resident, highly organised, a good team player and have a good handle on working with spreadsheets and budgets. Working with the high performance director, you'll also establish effective systems to support performance, track resources across multiple campaigns and plan, organise and deliver a world-class onshore support environment for the New Zealand sailing team at the Olympic Games.

We're looking for someone who is energetic, gets things done and thrives in a high performance environment. You can think on your feet, build good relationships and continually look for ways to do things better.

This is a fulltime position that will require some after-hours and weekend work from time to time. It will also require some international and domestic travel.

If this sounds like you, take a look at the full job description below.

YNZ High Performance Operations Manager

Yachting New Zealand is the national sports body in this country for the sport of sailing at all levels. We're a non-profit organisation of approximately 20 employees around the country and 250+ member clubs, classes and organisations. 

Applications close on Friday, May 20. Please send a cover letter and CV to Vanessa Hall.

Other positions available


Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club

Wellington Ocean Sports is the education arm of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. We are looking for a well-organised course coordinator to keep our day-to-day operations running smoothly.

The role is a permanent position of 20 hours/week. If you have the right experience, we may also offer additional hours instructing.

What you’ll do:

  • Schedule and promote upcoming courses and coordinate resources for their delivery
  • Ensure boats, facilities and equipment are presented to a high standard
  • Undertake regular inspections of boats and equipment
  • Respond to enquiries and take bookings
  • Communicate with staff and students about upcoming bookings
  • Prepare for upcoming courses
  • Produce reports on bookings for the Ocean Sports manager

What we are looking for:

  • Strong administrative and organisation skills
  • An appreciation of the need for health and safety requirements
  • The ability to work independently
  • Computer savvy with ability to adapt to new systems and software
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Sailing and instructing experience and qualifications preferred

What’s in it for you?

  • Work with a fun team introducing people to a new sport
  • Flexible work with the opportunity to do some from home
  • Growth and development opportunities

For more information, a full job description or to apply please email

Posted 20/05/2022

Nelson Yacht Club - Multiple Positions Available

Fancy a summer season in Nelson? Nelson Yacht Club is looking to fill a number of different roles within the Sailing School operations. 

  • Chief Instructor / Programmes coordinator
  • Wingfoiling & Windsurfing Coach
  • Team Racing Coach
  • Core Team Watersports Instructor

The season runs October to April inclusive.

For more information and to apply, visit the club website here: which has links to PDF adverts for each role. 

Posted 16/05/22

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - Sailing Manager

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (New Zealand’s largest sports club) are on the lookout for a sailing manager. This is a rare opportunity for someone with sailing and management experience. This role reports to the CEO and is a head of department role.

The sailing manager role is a hands-on, strategic, and varied role at RNZYS with three direct reports (learn to sail manager, race manager, training manager) and leads the teams that support them. The role is key in ensuring that all on-water activities and objectives at the RNZYS are delivered to a world-class standard. 

Key objectives include:

  • Formulate and recommend operational initiatives for all on-water operations
  • Ensure all vessels and on-water assets are maintained to a high standard
  • Volunteer management, development and recognition
  • Developing and recommending opportunities that will allow for the growth of RNZYS local regattas, international regattas and other yachting events
  • Identifying and advising members of opportunities to participate and compete successfully in national and international yachting events     
  • Ensuring the RNZYS sailing office is responsive to the interests and needs of members/sailors participating in and sponsors, stakeholders and media supporting RNZYS events 
  • To ensure that the RNZYS sailing activities continually promote and position the RNZYS as the leading yacht club in New Zealand, recognised for its yachting leadership and success both nationally and internationally
  • Exploring, developing and recommending opportunities that will allow the future suitability and success of all on-water assets
  • Day-to-day operational activities are performed in a timely and professional manner
  • Ensure compliance and health and safety on-water are given a high priority at all times
  • Deliver strategic plan initiatives
  • Grow participation, skills and knowledge of our sailors through a variety of on an off-water events and training
  • Ensure financial objectives are met
  • Ensure high level of staff and sailor satisfaction

Who are they looking for? 

  • Proven leader. Works well in a team and leads from the front
  • Strong communication and excellent interpersonal skills with ability to relate well and build relationships with wide range of people
  • Have a can-do attitude, self-motivated, self-starter flexible, and comfortable working with limited supervision
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook), POS Systems, rostering and payroll management systems
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills with a methodical, strategic outlook
  • Excellent time management skills and works well under pressure
  • Resourcefulness, initiative-driven, pragmatic and a pro-active working approach
  • A passion for sailing

What RNZYS offers?

  • A competitive salary and bonus package
  • Company vehicle
  • Established, reputable brand. They celebrated 150 years in 2021
  • On job variety and professional development
  • Flexibility
  • Free parking
  • Uniform
  • Discount on RNZYS in-house products (food, retail etc.) …and more

See here for more, including details on how to apply.

Posted 16/05/22

Nelson Yacht Club - Chief Instructor / Programmes Coordinator

The Nelson Yacht Club are looking for an experienced instructor/coach with
excellent interpersonal and organisational skills to take over this important role.

The successful applicant with coordinate and oversee the day-to-day operations of the sailing school, including the club's learn to sail and coaching programmes, NBTS team racing programmes and ingfoil Nelson operations.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Take responsibility for day-to-day operations at the club
  • Instruct, coach and inspire sailors with a tailored approach to different ages and ability levels
  • Ensure an excellent culture of health and safety is maintained
  • Manage and support an awesome wider team of instructors and coaches to deliver at the highest level, including training, briefings and debriefings, planning rosters etc
  • Coordinate and lead the club's Leaders in Training programme of assistant instructor training
  • Communicate with members, clients and parents to coordinate bookings, payments, and progression
  • Create a fun, inclusive and welcoming environment for all members and visitors
  • Coordinate the maintenance of the club’s fleet of training dinghies, windsurfing and wingfoiling equipment

Other Responsibilities:

  • Work with the club manager to review and improve the club's watersports programmes, health and safety, administration and maintenance procedures
  • Work with the club manager to plan and implement an effective marketing strategy to deliver growth in participation in sailing school activity
  • Maintain an active social media presence across current platforms and explore new opportunities
  • Coordinate with local teachers to promote, schedule and plan school groups
  • Support all club sailing activities.

This can be up to a fulltime (30-40 hrs/wk) seasonal position from mid-September to April (exact dates tbc) but there is flexibility. It will include weekend and evening work, although the club closes for 10 days over the Christmas/New Year period.

Applicants must have the right to work in New Zealand or be able to get a valid New Zealand work visa. The club are applying to be an accredited employer under the AEWV scheme, so that if no suitable NZ candidate can be found, they can support candidates from overseas to secure a work visa.

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

Posted 15/05/22

Nelson Yacht Club - Team Racing Coach

The Nelson Yacht Club are looking for an experienced and resourceful coach to take over as team racing coach for the 2022/23 season.

The primary role will will be to plan and implement a comprehensive teams racing training and racing programme for NBTS (Nelson Bays Team Sailing) but will also include instruction and coaching as part of the wider NYC Sailing School and developing further coaching programmes.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Independently and proactively plan, prepare and deliver a comprehensive programme of coaching and racing for squads from up to six local colleges in 420s
  • Ensure an excellent culture of health and safety is maintained
  • Communicate effectively with the NBTS committee, team managers and captains, sailors and parents
  • Coach, mentor and inspire sailors, tailoring your approach to different ages and ability levels
  • Assist the club manager and chief instructor to develop and deliver coaching programmes to foster and develop the skills of NYC sailors across all classes
  • Create a fun, inclusive and welcoming environment for all members and visitors
  • Oversee and undertake the maintenance of a fleet of 13 420 yachts

Other Responsibilities:

  • Plan and run school group taster sessions as part of a team
  • Assist in running one of the country’s busiest learn to sail programmes
  • Help mentor and develop young and less experienced coaches and instructors
  • Travel to regional and national regattas as appropriate
  • Support all club sailing activities

This is a seasonal position or contracting opportunity from mid-September to April inclusive for about 30 hours per week. Further hours can be achieved through promotion of private coaching sessions.

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

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

TYPBC Sailing School Head Coach

We have an Exciting Coaching Job up for grabs! Do you have what it takes to help take our Club’s Sailing School to the next Level?

Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat (TYPBC) are looking to appoint a Full-Time qualified Head Coach to lead their Sailing Programme for the 2022 and 2023 season.

Based in Tauranga Harbour, New Zealand (only 2 ½ hours from Auckland); TYPBC has a strong history of producing Olympic and America’s Cup champions. Are you our next Coach to produce Amazing Sailors from the Bay of Plenty?

The TYPBC Sailing School offer Learn to Sail and Race Programmes to Youth and Adults in Optimist, Bic, P Class, Starling, Laser, Schools 420 team racing and Windsurfing along with school Sailing Taster Programmes.

This will be a Full Time Position with a great pay package. We can include Accomodation with a Spectaular View and a Competitive Pay rate. This will all be up for discussion if you are lucky enough to get an interview with us.

We are interviewing NOW to appoint someone for our Up-coming Season. If you are interested in this role and want to find out more, or just simply want to apply for the role, please contact Lynne – Sailing School Co-Ordinator at

Posted 13/05/22

Broadreach - skippers wanted to lead teen sailing programs this summer in the Caribbean!

Over the past twenty six years, Broadreach has taken more than 18,000 students on experiential education programs to  over 40 countries. Broadreach courses explore extraordinary destinations and fascinating topics through hands-on instruction with the ocean as the classroom.

Skippers lead summer sailing, diving and marine science programs in the Caribbean  aboard 40-55 ft. catamarans and monohulls.

In addition to sailing instruction and managing the yacht, skippers work with their co-leader to supervise students 24/7,  facilitate group dynamics, assist students with cooking and cleaning duties, support scuba training and other program  activities. Flexibility, teamwork, the ability to multi-task, and provide a fun, positive and cohesive community are all  important. Contract length varies from two to three months starting in late May through early to late August.


  • · Licensed US Coast Guard Captain, Yachtmaster or equivalent experience.
  • · Comfort operating a yacht over 45 feet from standard operations to sail training.
  • · Small boat handling skills. You will be expected to regularly operate RIBs and small  boats with 6hp to 50hp outboards.
  • · Experience conducting multi-day sailing trips/deliveries/charters.
  • · Previous experience working with teens/young adults preferred.
  • · Good physical health and stamina to actively participate and encourage students throughout program duration.
  • · A positive and team-oriented attitude.
  • · Able to attend staff training in St. Martin in early June.

To apply: please submit your resume and availability to

Posted 23/03/2022

Japan - sailing coach

Enoshima was the site of the sailing at last year's Tokyo Olympics and an opportunity is available for an English-speaking individual to work there as a sailing coach.

The job is available for a full summer season in Japan, running from May until October 2022 and involves the following tasks:

  • Coaching or instructing sailing guests and local children
  • Teach safety, boat handling and sailing theory to children and adults who are beginning and intermediate sailors
  • Transferring guests via our marina and the destinations and leading marine based activities such as sailing experience, cruising lunch/dinner and other water sports
  • Ensuring the safety of all guests throughout all sailing activities
  • Performing day-to-day upkeep of the vessel including general cleaning
  • Being well presented and demonstrating great customer service and hospitality skills.

You will need to have a skipper's qualification (LTS equivalent preferred), must have a positive proficient attitude, like adventure and love sailing, be able to work in a team and have a willingness to understand Japanese culture.

See here for more information, including details on how to apply for this position.

North Sails - Sail maker

Location: North Shore 
Job type: full time
Duration: permanent

Description: The Company: North Sails is the world leader in sailmaking. Featuring over 150 lofts across the globe, innovative products and materials, and the North Sails Collection. North Sails New Zealand is looking to employ new staff at their custom-built loft in Auckland, New Zealand. North Sails New Zealand specialise in grand prix and custom race sails for the local and worldwide market including TP52 Super Series teams, RC44 and Fast 40 class. There is also a service division, servicing anything from optimist, local club cruisers and racers, up to some of the worlds finest superyachts.

The Role: Your key role will be seaming together lightweight nylon and polyester spinnakers. Working as part of a small close knit team you will have options to expand your skills and knowledge. Duties:

  • Sewing different types and weights of nylon, polyester and laminate fabrics
  • Prepping and prefabricating detailing and application of the detailing to sails
  • Cleaning and oiling machines
  • Checking your work against other products
  • Cleaning your work areas

Skill and experience

  • Experience in commercial sewing is a bonus (can provide training for the right candidate)
  • Work efficiently and accurately
  • Attention to fine details
  • Work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Team friendly
  • Must have a valid work visa or be a New Zealand citizen

Application details

Apply online for this role or contact Guy Hewson for more information.

Posted: 23/02/22

Taikata Sailing Club - learn to sail coach

The Taikata Sailing Club are searching for an energetic and engaging coach for their new learn to sail programme. The successful applicant will lead the club's Sunday sessions of about 6-8 youngsters.

Preferably the coach will be a current dinghy sailor with Yachting New Zealand Level 1 qualifications, however, other experience will be considered. (Coaches must be fully vaccinated).

The learn to sail group will consist of 6-8 kids aged from 8-12 years old. The majority of the kids have parents with sailing or boating experience, so assistance will be on hand to support the coach with the practical side of boat launching and rigging etc.

The course will run for approximately 2-3 hours on Sundays alongside TSC regular sailing activities. Hourly rates to be negotiated based on experience.

Please contact if you are interested.

Posted 8/2/22

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

Optimist Class Measurers - Expressions of Interests

The New Zealand International Optimist Dinghy Association (NZIODA) are looking for a handful of people to take on the role of Optimist class measurers. 

You don't need to be experienced in this area but might want to give something back. Perhaps you're part of the Opti scene, or have been in the past, and would like to earn a little pocket money as well.

All new measurers will receive an introduction and training from Opti chief measurer, Bob Witham.  

Please register your interest by clicking on and filling in this form and email if you have any questions.


Position description – Match Racing Coach
Job title: Match Racing Coach
Reports to: Wellington Youth Sailing Trust

Location: Wellington Ocean Sports, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club (Oriental Parade)
Hours and duration: Part time (approx. 10-15 hours per week by agreement). This role may be combined with the programme coordinator position with additional hours.

Purpose of the role: To lead high performance match racing training and skill development for youth sailors across the Wellington region.

About the Wellington Youth Sailing Trust: The Trust is committed to delivering a youth (under 23) match racing programme offered in the Wellington region. We work closely with the RPNYC where the Trust is based. There have been more than 900 participants in the youth development programme to date. Our graduates have won prestigious regattas such as the Governor’s Cup in California and several graduates have gone on to elite international sailing careers in the Olympics, America’s Cup, Ocean Race, and the NZ Sailing Team. We are looking for a dynamic, skilled coach that is a great communicator and team builder to continue our successful match racing coaching programme.

Principal responsibilities:
• Running a number of match racing programmes during the season.
• Developing & Implementing weekly and weekend coaching programme.
• Developing the skills of sailors to enable participation in national events.
• Traveling to away regattas as required by the Trust.
• Mentoring young sailors and junior instructors.
• Facilitate basic boat maintenance during coaching.

Qualities & Experience:
• YNZ Race Coach / Regatta Coach or similar
• RYA Senior Sailing Instructor Certification or similar.
• Level 2 RYA Sailing Certification (Race Coach)- Preferred, not required.
• Strong personal sailing background including Match Racing experience.
• Race management background essential.
• Strong organizational and managerial skills.
• Excellent verbal & written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to teach and motivate students.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

The Trust will offer a competitive package based on experience, ability, and performance. The WYST & RPNYC are proud to be a living wage employer.
When applying, please include an expression of interest along with your CV detailing your skills and experience.

To apply, or ask for further information please contact:
Paul Davies
Chair Wellington Youth Sailing Trust
M: 021 252 7882

Posted: 18/01/21

Takapuna Boating Club - Coaches Required

We are looking for coaches for our Level 1 Adult Learn to Sail courses starting 13th February.  They run for 5 weeks in the morning and afternoon.  If you are interested, please get in touch with Leanne by emailing Posted 12/01/21. 

Doyle Sails Senior One Design Sailmaker

Doyle Sails are looking for a practical and motivated individual to join them as a senior one design sailmaker. Alongside the role as a senior sailmaker, the successful applicant will also support the one design manager and assist with production and scheduling. 

Auckland is home to Doyle Sails HQ and are official sailmakers to SailGP 

Previous experience is required and an immediate start is possible.

Contact to apply or for more information.

Naval Point Club Lyttelton – Learn to Sail / Youth Coaches

Naval Point Club Lyttelton are in search for more coaches for our Learn to Sail, Green Fleet and Open skiff’s also with the possibility of other dingy classes and Elliot 6’s for the remainder of the current sailing season, starting immediately or from the 22nd of January.

Coaching takes place on Saturday and Sunday Mornings each week where we work on a roster system to ensure all our coaches have a work/life balance.

We are in search of coaches that can work independently but also as a part of a team, uphold a safe environment, drive our coach boats but most importantly have fun.

It would be beneficial but not necessary if you hold a YNZ coaching certificate and current First Aid certificate.

For further details or applications please contact

North Sails New Zealand

North Sails New Zealand is looking to employ more junior and experienced Sailmakers.

Don’t have experience? We can train you. All junior staff will be given the opportunity to complete the NZ Marine Certificate in Composite Sailmaking.

NSNZ specialized in finishing high end custom sails for our global network of customers, ranging from One Design dinghy classes to GP Custom Maxi Race Yachts and everything in between.

Contact for more details.

Doyle Sails Sailmaking Apprenticeship

Doyle Sails are looking for practical and motivated individuals to join their sailmaking programme. Sailmaking remains one of the key avenues into professional yachting, mentorship and coaching.

Their people are at the core of our business and at Doyle Sails you can secure a career with opportunity for advancement.

No experience necessary, fulltime paid role, immediate start for successful candidates.

Apply to or

Waikato Thames Yachting Association

A dynamic coach is required for the upcoming season to deliver learn to sail courses, sailing experiences and Yachting New Zealand's new schools programme, Kokokaha - Powered by the Wind.

Based at Lake Ngaroto, but with some travel to other venues within the WTYA region, this position is over a normal working week which allows the successful applicant to pursue their own sailing endeavours.

An opportunity exists for the right person to develop a coaching career into a contractual business so must have an ability to inspire youth in a fun manner.

Apply in writing to

Glendowie Boating Club Coaches 

Glendowie is a friendly local club with great support with well established coaching programmes running on Sundays and Tuesday. Glendowie has a strong coaching team and pathway, successful race fleets, and opportunities for coach support through their wider mentorship and networks. 

See here for more information visit or contact Elliot Kernohan on 021 345 868 or

NZ Sailing Trust - Deckhands, 1st Mates and Skippers

The NZ Sailing Trust are seeking expressions of interest for deckhands, 1st mate and skippers on a paid casual or volunteer basis.

Skippers are required to have relevant sailing and skipper experience, hold an SRL and relevant endorsements.

Applicants would need to demonstrate a passion for sailing and working with youth.

The NZ Sailing Trust have been running sailing experiences for youth on two of New Zealand's most iconic boats - Lion New Zealand and Steinlager II - since 2008.

More information is available by contacting or contacting Paul Powney on 022 424 5055.