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Info for sailors

Information for sailors

New Zealand has a long history of sailing excellence. Winning an Olympic medal is a life-changing experience and to win one you will need to be ruthless in its pursuit.

High performance programme

The high performance programme is focused on winning medals at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The current Yachting New Zealand high performance athlete development model is aligned with research on athlete performance and progression within Olympic yachting. This alignment enables Yachting New Zealand to provide more targeted support to both athletes and coaches in their quest for an Olympic medal based on their fit with the evidence-based progression model.

The model is based on the athlete’s ability to deliver a medal in 2020.

Athlete performance levels represent the minimum requirement for squad eligibility, however they do not guarantee selection.

Coaching, training, competition and support services are allocated based on an athlete’s level.

The length of time a sailor remains at each level will be continually reviewed. Sailors are expected to be continuously improving and re-qualify for a level on a yearly basis.

All campaigns will be assessed on an individual basis. This tiered structure aligns with the Olympic programme athlete development pathway and it will guide decision making. Yachting New Zealand reserves the right to make inclusion and exclusion decisions outside these guidelines.


  • Nomination criteria and regulations, notice of race/sailing instructions and qualification systems for Olympic and restricted entry World events will be added here as they are made available. 



Shipping and logistics

Below is the Yachting New Zealand 2018 shipping schedule. Make a shipping enquiry.










31st Jan

10th Mar





22nd Feb

1st Apr





12/13th Aug

23 Aug





20th Aug

5th Oct





5th July

10th Aug





27th Sept

2nd Oct





27th Sept

1st Oct






Late Nov





Mid Dec

Early Jan



Aon New Zealand have developed a package of insurance policies specifically for sailors, whether it is locally or travelling overseas. You can find more information here 

Travelling overseas

Check out www.safetravel.govt.nzz for all the latest government travel advice, tips and news. You can also register your travel plans on the website in case of an emergency while overseas.

The following rules and tips for international travel have been prepared for Yachting New Zealand by Executive Travel.

Your Executive Travel corporate travel consultant

For domestic and international travel contact:
Greer Walker
Main: +64 9 550 6520
DDI:   +64 9 550 5265

Correct names and passport details

Executive Travel require you to provide us with a copy of the front page of your passport, showing your correct name, date of birth, country of origin and passport number as these details have to be entered into your booking. We will not proceed with ticketing unless the booking matches the name on the passport. Most airlines will not allow name changes once the booking is completed and, if the correct details have not been entered, you could be denied boarding at check-in.

Visas and passport service

Executive Travel are able to help you with advice on renewing your passport and process any visa requirements you may require.

  • Remember that some countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months after your expected date of travel.

  • Allow enough time in your trip planning to obtain visas required which can, in some cases, take time to be processed.

Executive Travel can keep your profile on file with all your details to help speed up the processes involved in booking your travel. We want you to have smooth sailing through your travel planning and booking processes.


Please contact Greer at Executive Travel to discuss your baggage requirements.

Frequent flyer details

Please advise Executive Travel of your frequent flyer details and ensure the details are identical to the information on your frequent flyer card(s). It's very important you retain your boarding passes and original ticket or electronic ticket confirmation, as this proof of travel will be required by airlines should any flights not automatically appear on your statement.

Not all fare types qualify for frequent flyer points or redemption of points. Please contact us at Executive Travel if you need clarification.


Seat numbers shown on your itinerary have been requested, however, the airline reserves the right to change them if necessary.

Contact details

Your safety while travelling is our priority. It is important we have an after-hours phone number for you in case we need to contact you due to flight cancellations, unexpected schedule changes or emergencies.

Please provide details prior to travel.

Executive Travel emergency after-hours service

Our normal business hours are 8am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours Executive Travel provides a 24-hour, seven-day service.

When calling from either locally or overseas, be assured that you are dealing with someone who knows and understands your travel history and has access to your bookings and profile details.

Simply call our normal office phone line from anywhere in the world, follow the prompts and you will come through to our Executive Travel after-hours consultant.

Phone +64 9 550 6520

Fare quotes

Yachting New Zealand have a preferred supplier relationship with Air New Zealand. In line with this, Executive Travel will endeavour to give options and quote the best possible fare. The lower fares normally have strict conditions attached, particularly pertaining to advance purchase, changes and cancellation post ticketing and usually have to be ticketed immediately. Quotes are subject to change at any time due to changes, such as supplier increases, taxes or currency fluctuations until such time as a booking is confirmed.

Please contact us at Executive Travel with any questions or enquiries you may have. We’re here to help.

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