Become A Member

Every Yacht Club throughout New Zealand is invited to affiliate to Yachting New Zealand

To become an Affiliated Club, the club is first a member of their Regional Yachting Association. Your membership contribution helps Yachting New Zealand deliver a comprehensive package of products and services specifically designed to affect the advancement and growth of yachting in New Zealand.

If you would like to support yachting in New Zealand, and the work of Yachting New Zealand, we invite you to affiliate your Club. Click here to download the club membership affiliation form or contact us for more information.

The Affiliation Fee

At the 2014 YNZ Annual General Meeting in Christchurch, members voted on a special resolution to change the method of calculating the affiliation levy along with changes to the Constitution to support the change.

The vote went in favour of replacing the NSM model with a flat fee of $22 plus GST per individual club member. This change will come into effect in July 2015 and Yachting New Zealand will provide more details over the coming weeks and work together with Clubs to provide for a smooth transition. Regional Support Officers will be able to assist clubs through the transition process. 

Benefits of Affiliation

  • As a Yachting New Zealand affiliated Club, you are invited to utilise Yachting New Zealand’s Programmes, Products and Services – including National training schemes – such as the ‘Learn to…’ series, and coach training, Race Management - including National Race Officers, race management training, and event management packs
  • Yachting New Zealand’s staff are available to you for guidance and training for general enquiries and also for specific information within their specialist fields
  • YNZ's on-line Club Directory will feature dedicated Club Directory, Club News and Club Events pages free of charge on www.yachtingnz.org.nz
  • Your events, seminars and regattas published to www.yachtingnz.org.nz
  • Use of the Yachting New Zealand Racing Rules of Sailing and prescriptions, and access to the Yachting New Zealand administered appeals process
  • Voting rights at the Yachting New Zealand Annual General Meeting
  • Yachting New Zealand Annual Report and Financial statements.
Yachting New Zealand: Representing the needs and interests of all members...

Providing training for coaches, instructors, race officers, judges, umpires and race management volunteers

Regional Support
Providing a network of four Regional Support Officers working with clubs and regions nationwide

National Programmes
Management and support of national sailing programmes including Learn-to-Sail, SailSafe, Sailing… Have a Go! and NCEA

Learn to Sail
Maintaining and developing the syllabus for dinghy and keelboat learn to sail programmes ensuring the quality of sail training courses nationwide

Technical & Safety Support
Providing technical and safety support for yacht owners via Yachting New Zealand’s Safety Inspectors

Exemptions to Maritime Laws
Gained exemptions regarding speed restrictions, boat licensing and Safe Ship Management (SSM) to name a few

Information for Members
Acting as an information point for members’ enquiries via phone, email, Briefings, Yachting Quarterly, Lifelines Safety Newsletter and our comprehensive website

Relationships with Media
Promoting Yachting New Zealand activities and yachting and boating profile to the wider public

Trust Funding
Providing a point of reference for most charitable trusts. Many of the Trusts now require affiliation to a national body

Advocacy & Representation
Providing a strong and informed voice to protect the freedoms and interests of members – making representation to national and local government on issues such as marine farming, maritime safety, licensing, fees and environmental matters

Yachting New Zealand provides representation for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). ISAF governs the rules we race under, only affiliated clubs are allowed to race under these rules.

High Performance

Managing support and development of high performance sailors in preparation for international competition including the Olympicsithin their specialist fields