Yachting New Zealand subscribes to Sport New Zealand's 'No Exceptions' philosophy to guide our sport in becoming inclusive to people of all abilities.

This philosophy is based on four principles:

  • An enabling attitude
  • An enabling environment where barriers are removed
  • Access that is real and equitable
  • All people participating

Fundamentally, recreation is an essential component of everyone’s lives – it provides meaning, positive selfesteem, pleasure and health. It is not an optional extra to be programmed into people’s lives when resources permit. For disabled people this is not always the case because of attitudes, lack of opportunities and inadequate facilities that prevent participation.

Yachting New Zealand employs a part time professional to work with member clubs and other organizations that provide sailing opportunities for people with a disability, to ensure quality provision of sailing for people with a disability.