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What Yachting New Zealand does

Yachting New Zealand represent the needs and interests of member clubs, classes, organisations and their members from grassroots upwards.

Training and education

  • Yachting New Zealand provide 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 Yachting New Zealand 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 Yachting New Zealand 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/classes and help around how they administer their club, including risk management, inclusion, event management, coaching resources and more.

  • Hands-on support from the four regional support officers around the country. RSOs provide support around club structure and activity, funding, promotion and connecting with other schools and clubs.

Advocacy and representation

  • Providing a strong and informed voice to protect the freedom and interests of boating; advocating on behalf of all boaties to maintain access to the water and foreshore. This includes trying to preserve bays and coastlines 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 lifejackets, navigation/safety bylaws, etc.

  • Maintaining exemptions from maritime rules, including speed and needing to have club vessels in Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS)).

  • Affiliation to Yachting New Zealand allows yacht clubs to receive rebates from local councils on rates.


  • Yachting New Zealand promote the sport to the wider public and promote programmes and opportunities to get involved. The Volvo national sailing and boating day is an annual initiative for sailors to have their day in the community spotlight.

  • Through Yachting New Zealand’s several e-newsletters, members are invited to submit content to reach an audience of more than 13,000 boaties in New Zealand.

  • All affiliated clubs and classes have a directory listing on the Yachting New Zealand 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 maintain and update the safety regulations and carry out yacht inspections for racing on behalf of Maritime New Zealand. Members of Yachting New Zealand-affiliated clubs also receive a discounted price on category 1 inspections for offshore voyages.  

  • Yachting New Zealand run the PHRF handicapping system and are 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 has recently been upgraded, so bear with us while we work through a few teething problems.

  • Yachting New Zealand maintain 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 seeking funding from charitable trusts and sponsorship. Many of the charitable trusts in New Zealand now require affiliation to a national body. Yachting New Zealand 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 govern 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, but if they are not affiliated it will be under the rules for the prevention of collisions at sea.


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