Youth Programme

Yachting New Zealand and Aon support the ongoing growth and development of youth sailors on the path to fulfilling their potential. 

It is important you read about the programme before completing the registration process, however you can go directly to the information you are looking for by using the quicklinks listed below;

Aim of the YNZ Youth Programme

Key Targets of the Programme for 2017/2018


Age Limit

Programme- sponsored by Aon New Zealand

The Calendar


The Clinics - Start time, what to bring


Aim of the YNZ Youth Programme

The Yachting New Zealand Youth Programme aims to develop and prepare young sailors who dream of international success at youth level and beyond.

The programme is run based around three key fundamental philosophies;

  • Have fun working hard
  • Do every little bit in every little moment of every single day to be the best you can
  • Constantly seek to be better

Key Targets of the Programme for 2017/2018

  • Perform at the 2017 and 2018 Youth World Sailing Championships
  • Perform at the class world championships – Laser Radial Youth Worlds, 420 Worlds, RSX Youth Worlds, 29er Worlds and Nacra 15 World Championships


The Yachting New Zealand Youth Programme focuses on the classes that are sailed at the Youth Sailing World Championships. These classes are;

  • International 420 men and women
  • 29er men and women
  • RSX 8.5 (60cm fin) men and women
  • Laser Radial men and women
  • Nacra 15 mixed

Age Limit

The age limit for sailing youth classes at international level is under 19 as of the 31st of December in the year of the event. For example, for the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships the sailors must be under the age of 19 on the 31st of December 2017 to be eligible.

Updated Programme- sponsored by Aon New Zealand

To adapt to the changing environment of Youth Sailing in New Zealand there are a number of changes to the Youth Programme for the 2017/2018 season.  Key features of the 2017/2018 programme are:

  • The 2017/2018 programme will run from the 2017 Murrays Bay Winterchamps through until 1 September 2018:
  • The Nacra 15 will be introduced to the programme.
  • No NZ class Nationals support will be offered when a Nationals is a trial event for any class.
  • Clubs and Class Associations must apply to hold "Aon Regional Pathway Youth Clinics", application must be set to Stuart Thomas by the 6th November for the 2017/2018 season.  These clinics have previously been called Aon Talent ID Clinics.
  • New Clinics will be introduced to the programme;
  • The Aon National Youth Clinics we run throughout the year are considered as part of one season-long programme rather than individual camps.
  • The programme includes Yachting New Zealand providing a coach at the class Youth Worlds (listed above).
  • Aon Regional Youth clinics will be run in regions where hubs of classes are working together towards goals that are in line with the Yachting New Zealand Youth Programme. 

Clubs and sailors who would like more information on the changes to the programme should should contact the Youth Coordinator 


The Calendar

The calendar is an indication of what we intend to do. There are still some opportunities for us to take advantage of, and these will be notified and indicated on the calendar as various regatta dates are posted.


Before entering the programme, Sailors need to be signed off as having met the eligibility requirements of the programme.  There requirements are:

Assessed to have a basic competency in the class and of a sufficient level to take part safely and at the desired level of the clinics

Be training consistently, 4 days per week is a rough guide

Attended a recognised eligibility event where their skills can be assessed by a Yachting New Zealand Coach.  These events include;  

  • Aon new to Youth Classes Clinic
  • Regional Aon Youth Clinics
  • Yachting New Zealand Youth Trials
  • Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta
  • Class NZ Nationals
  •  Murrays Bay Sailing Club Winterchamps
  •  Sir Peter Blake Regatta

We understand that sailors may not be able to attend all clinics due to exams and other time constraints and we are comfortable with this as long as there is an overall commitment to the season programme.

The Clinics

For all Yachting New Zealand Youth Clinics Sailors will need to be rigged and ready by 10am at the venue.


For 2016/2017 season on, registration will be for the whole season programme, this includes all the Aon National Youth Clinics on the calendar plus 1 coach per Class Youth Worlds (listed above) to provide coach support at the worlds.

*The registration for the Aon National Youth Clinics is separate to the support provided for the ISAF Youth Worlds Team, the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team.

The registration fee for the whole season will be $300 per sailor.

Each sailor will receive an Aon National Youth Clinic bib to identify the sailors at clinics and regattas to the coaches upon registration, acceptance to the programme and payment.

There will be no individual clinic registration. If you would like to find out more information about how the clinics run, contact the Youth Coordinator.

How to Register

Complete the Online Registration Form, wait for confirmation you have been accepted to the programme and then go to the online shop and select the Aon National Youth Clinic 2017-18 item to finalise the payment.