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Yachting New Zealand Positions

Membership and Sponsor Coordinator
Yachting New Zealand
Takapuna, Auckland
Permanent (32 hours per week)

Clubs are the lifeblood of sailing and boating in this country and help foster a life-long love of the sport. Yachting New Zealand are looking for a membership and sponsor coordinator who can enhance what clubs are doing while also supporting sponsorship opportunities for the national sporting organisation. The role has two main layers to it: overseeing the Yachting New Zealand member card programme; and supporting our sponsorship and event delivery and creating new opportunities. It’s a diverse role and, not only that, the successful applicant will get to work with a great team across all levels of the sport.

About Yachting New Zealand

Yachting New Zealand is the national sports organisation for sailing and boating in the country, with the principal aim of helping New Zealanders access, enjoy and succeed on the water for life. We are a non-profit organisation of approximately 25 employees around the country and more than 250 member clubs, class associations and organisations, so the breadth of our activity stretches from the grassroots through to the elite level.

Role Summary

The Membership and Sponsor Coordinator is a role with many layers to it. The successful applicant will manage the Yachting New Zealand member card, promoting the benefits of the programme to clubs and their members and working with existing and potential suppliers to enhance the offering. They’ll also help deliver successful sponsorship engagement, including events, and help create new opportunities. It’s about improving the relationship with clubs and our partners and sponsors. Lastly, the role provides critical administrative support around collecting and processing club affiliation data and managing all membership applications to Yachting New Zealand.

There are five key roles and responsibilities:

  • Manage the Yachting New Zealand member card
  • Coordinate the collection of individual member’s information from clubs for annual affiliation returns
  • Coordinate the membership application process for Yachting New Zealand
  • Sponsor servicing
  • Support Yachting New Zealand’s administration services coordinator

We’re looking for someone to join our small but effective team. The successful applicant needs to be organised and enthusiastic, honest and innovative. Good communication and computer skills are essential and experience in managing and delivering projects is advantageous. If that sounds like you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For more information, including a full job description, email andrew@yachtingnz.org.nz

Submit applications with cover letter to: Kelly Mulcahy – kelly@yachtingnz.org.nz



Other Yachting Positions

There are currently many coaching positions heading as clubs get ready for the new season. Please get in touch with Gareth the Coach Development Manager at Yachting New Zealand to discuss these opportunities. 


Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club are looking for a double handed racing coach to help inspire their race squad to become world-class sailors.

The successful applicant will work predominantly with their Shark Squad made up of 29er, 420 and RS Feva sailors and it will include taking squads to overseas events, typically in Europe. A high level of international sailing and coaching experience is required and the role will require working on weekends and school holidays.

Hong Kong is a vibrant city and the yacht club are well resourced - they have 16 RIBs with four new VSRs on their way - and there are many benefits attached, including:

  • Attractive salary
  • $32 (NZD) dollar daily meal allowance to use at the restaurants at either of the 3 clubs
  • 13th month salary paid in December to cover tax bill
  • Very low tax
  • MPF (Kiwisaver equivalent) compulsory scheme RHKYC contributes towards
  • Dental Cover
  • Medical insurance
  • Bonus paid annually
  • Lai Sei paid annually (tips from members)
  • Budget for doing training courses provided

Waikawa Boating Club

Club Development Officer

Part-time, one year fixed term

We are looking for a passionate person to develop and deliver the Waikawa Boating Club's communications, events, promotion and fundraising plans. 

In the role of Club Development Officer, you will: 

  •  Support the Club Manager and the Club’s Executive Committee in delivering a robust and dynamic communications, promotion and fundraising plan. 
  • Ensure that all available media opportunities for raising awareness of the Club in general and specific events are successfully exploited and maintained. 
  • Enhance and build relationships with our partners and sponsors contributing to the financial viability and sustainability of the club.

Hours approx - 10-15hrs a week on a 12-month contract. 

Applications close July 13.

For a full job description, please email office@waikawaboatingclub.co.nz

Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club

Sailing School Race and Learn to Sail Coaches wanted

Start Date: September 2018

Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat (TYPBC) is looking to appoint two qualified coaches:

A Race Coach and a Learn to Sail Coach. Based in Tauranga Harbour, 2 ½ hours from Auckland, New Zealand; TYPBC has a strong history of producing Olympic and America’s Cup champions. The TYPBC Sailing School offers 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.

Race Coach Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coaching and Managing the race programme
  • Planning courses and course content
  • Maintaining a record of Race Coaching revenues and expenses
  • Liaising with sailors, parents, schools and teachers and TYPBC Centreboard committee with regards to course information, registration, invoicing
  • Setting team and individual sailing goals
  • Attending and coaching at regattas
  • Develop, review and implement sailing school procedures, risk management, safety plans and documentation
  • In conjunction with the LTS Coach; maintaining the sailing equipment, safety boats and facility, keeping them looking good, safe and in good working order at all times.
  • Maintain Club policies and safety standards and local bylaws at all times.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to junior coaches
  • Complete an end of season report to the TYPBC executive.

Race Coach Specific Requirements

  • Yachting New Zealand Learn to Sail and Racing Coach qualification or equivalent (RYA Instructor, Yachting Australia Instructor etc)
  • Previous racing and race coaching experience

Learn to Sail (LTS) Coach Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coaching and Managing the LTS programme
  • Planning courses and course content for schools, club members and school holiday programme.
  • Promote and market the LTS and school taster courses
  • Maintaining a record of LTS Coaching revenues and expenses
  • Liaising with sailors, parents, BoPSAT, schools and teachers and TYPBC Centreboard committee with regards to course information, registration, invoicing
  • Develop, review and implement sailing school procedures, risk management, safety plans and documentation
  • In conjunction with the Race Coach; maintaining the sailing equipment, safety boats and facility, keeping them looking good, safe and in good working order at all times.
  • Maintain Club policies and safety standards and local bylaws at all times.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to junior coaches, including induction, programming and debriefing
  • Complete an end of season report to the TYPBC executive

LTS Specific Requirements

  • Yachting New Zealand Learn to Sail and/or Racing Coach qualification or equivalent (RYA Instructor, Yachting Australia Instructor etc)
  • Previous LTS coaching experience
  • The management, induction and programming and debriefing of Junior Coaches.

Requirements for both roles

  • Powerboat driver’s qualification and current First Aid qualification
  • Ability to operate a full range of small sailboats and motorboats safely
  • Flexible with working hours
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (competent in English language)
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills, a positive attitude and ability to work independently as well as being a part of a team.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, email, social media and website)


  • Both roles will report to the TYPBC Manager
  • The roles will require communication between Race and LTS Coaches to ensure both programmes are run effectively

Coaches can expect between 30 and 40 hours per week. Most sessions run after school and on weekends, with day long programmes during school holidays. Week day school coaching at times will also be required. Some travel to regattas will also be required.

Onsite shared accommodation is available.

Reply to Lynne


Ponsonby Cruising Club

Office Administrator

Do you want to work locally in a fun, social and challenging environment? A rare opportunity has become available at the Ponsonby Cruising Club working alongside the office manager.

Attributes required for the role include the following:

  •       Outstanding customer service skills; ability to bend over backwards for our members
  •       A can-do, flexible attitude and outlook – a real team player 
  •       Computer savvy – a must (word/excel/access/payroll / accounts/newsletters)
  •       Working social media knowledge – particularly in Facebook
  •       Exceptional spelling and grammar with a good eye for the detail
  •       A super people person who loves interactions with anyone and everyone

The role entails general office duties and the successful applicant will also be fully trained in all aspects of our wages and payroll system. This is a varied role and the right person will be a dab hand when it comes to running our communications – from live Facebook posts to creating newsletters and updating our websites, you’ll ensure our members are kept in the know.

Hours are fulltime, ideally 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday but flexibility is expected from time to time for the right person. Must be able to work school holidays. 

Email info@pcc.org.nz to let them know why you’re the next member of the team.

Nelson Bays Youth Teams Racing Association

Teams Racing Coach

Nelson Watersports are looking for a talented and experienced teams racing coach to join the team in Nelson, providing coaching for the Nelson Bays Youth Teams Racing Association.

In particular, they are looking for someone who can bring a wealth of competitive racing and coaching experience to help further develop their sailors.

They have seen a dramatic increase in the level of some of their college teams during the 2017/18 season, with improved rankings and performance at the Top of the South regional championships and national championships, with one team in the top 10 and a young team winning silver fleet.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Independently and proactively plan, prepare and deliver a comprehensive programme of coaching and racing for teams from up to six local colleges in 420s.
  • Coach, mentor and inspire sailors, tailoring your approach to different ability levels.
  • Oversee and undertake the maintenance of a fleet of 13 420 yachts.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Help to foster and develop the skills of all sailors at Nelson Yacht Club and NBYTRA.
  • 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.


  • This is a part-time seasonal position from October to April inclusive.
  • Normally six days per week, including weekends and evenings.
  • There is no guaranteed minimum number of hours, however, as a guide, this year the coach averaged 20-30hrs per week during school terms and 40hrs per week during January.
  • Further hours are available if the candidate is also a windsurfing instructor/coach


  • A competitive remuneration package is negotiable based on qualifications, experience, and performance
  • Work in a friendly team environment
  • Access to windsurfing equipment and stand up paddleboards free-of-charge

A job description is available on request. Contact Tim Fraser-Harris on +64 21 025 03767 or info@nelsonwatersports.co.nz for more information.


Skipper/Maintenance Manager

The New Zealand Sailing Trust was inspired by the adventures of Sir Peter Blake and his racing teams. We exist to ensure that key yachts from that history are preserved and sailing adventures are developed and delivered on board to help inspire the next generation.

The NZ Sailing Trust is seeking a skipper / maintenance manager to deliver the trust's sailing programme to youth, community organisations and corporate charters and to maintain and develop the trust's maintenance programme for the trust's vessels. The NZ Sailing Trust is a not-for-profit charitable trust that owns and operates two iconic sailing vessels, Steinlager 2 (84ft) and Lion New Zealand (80ft).

Core competencies you will require:

  • Skippers Restricted Limits Ticket (SRL) with a P Endorsement, <24m endorsement or >24m <500GT Endorsement Big boat sailing experience or a ring fenced equivalent
  • Offshore Medic Qualification
  • Ability to manage/complete the maintenance of our vessels
  • Experience working with, instructing and relating to young people.
  • Appropriate level of medical and physical fitness for carrying out the required work
  • Minimum of first aid certificate (coastal medic preferred)
  • Ability to keep timely and accurate records
  • Good communication, time-keeping and personal presentation.

Operating in the Great Hauraki Gulf you could be away for up to five nights sailing. You must be able to demonstrate a skillset to sail a large maxi, manage and lead a small team of crew and have a passion for sailing and working with youth.

For more information, email: paul@nzsailingtrust.com or contact him on 022 424 5055