What does YNZ do?

Yachting New Zealand represents the needs and interests of member clubs, classes, organizations and their members from grass roots upwards.

Training and Education

  • YNZ provides free training for race officials and volunteers (Race Officers, Judges and Umpires). This also includes ongoing support with seminars and forums.
  • Affiliated groups can attend any of the YNZ Coach education courses, from Learn to Sail and Keelboat Coach right up to High Performance Coach.
  • Affiliated clubs and commercial / non-commercial organisations have access to teach and run any of the national training programmes YNZ develop and maintain (keelboat and dinghy)

National programmes

  • Management and support of national sailing programmes including Volvo Sailing...Have a go!, Learn to Sail, Learn to Race, various class specific training clinics and school programmes for dinghies and keelboats.

Building club capability

  • Helping clubs through Sport NZ's Organisational Development Tool, a warrant of fitness for clubs and groups to help them grow sustainably.
  • Providing guidance and resources to clubs/class and help around how they administer their club, including risk management, inclusion, event management, coaching resources and more. 
  • Hands on support from Regional Support Officers, there are five in the country. RSO's provide support around club structure and activity, funding, promotion, connecting with other schools and clubs. 

Advocacy and Representation

  • Providing a strong and informed voice to protect the freedoms and interest of boating- Advocating on behalf of all boaties to maintain access to the water and foreshore. This includes trying to preserve bays and coastline for cruising and shelter from marine farms, etc.
  • Lobbying local, central and regional government around many issues including compulsory licensing and vessel registration, wearing of life-jackets, navigation/safety by-laws, etc.
  • Maintaining exemptions from Maritime rules including speed and needing to have club vessels in safe ship management (soon to become Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS))
  • Affiliation to YNZ allows yacht clubs to receive rebates from local councils on rates.


  • As the national body for sailing YNZ promotes the sport to the wider public and promotes programmes and opportunities to get involved. The Volvo National Sailing & Boating Day is new for 2014 annual initiative for sailors to have their day in the community spotlight. 
  • Through YNZ's several e-newsletters, members are invited to submit content to reach an audience of 6000+ boaties in New Zealand.
  • All affiliated Clubs and Classes have a directory listing on the YNZ website to compile their news and events in a one stop shop including a contact form for potential new members. 

Technical and safety support for boat owners

  • Yachting New Zealand maintains and update the safety regulations and carries out yacht inspections for racing and on behalf of MNZ.  Members of YNZ affiliated clubs also receive a discounted price on Category 1 inspections for offshore voyages.  
  • YNZ runs the PHRF handicapping system and is working to improve the system and its delivery to clubs and sailors.

An Information Hub

  • Acting as an information point for members’ enquiries via phone, email, Briefings and other e-newsletters and a comprehensive website. The website is undergoing development and we recognise there is still a lot of work to go, but we are working through this as quickly as we can. 
  • Yachting New Zealand maintains an up to date Boat Register and record of New Zealand's sailing history including National Champions, Olympians and other record holders. 

Enabling Funding

  • Providing a point of reference for clubs and classes in seeking funding for charitable trusts and sponsorship. Many of the charitable trusts in New Zealand now require affiliation to a national body. YNZ will provide support letters for clubs applying for funding.

Supporting Pathways to High Performance

  • Creating pathways for sailors and talent development. Managing support and development of high performance sailors in preparation for international competition including the Olympics.

Connection to World Sailing


  • World Sailing (previousy known as ISAF) governs the rules we race under; only affiliated clubs are allowed to act as an organising authority to run races under these rules. Anyone can run racing, however if they are not affiliated it will be under the rules for the prevention of collisions at sea.