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Yachting New Zealand Youth Scholarship
St John's Rotary Scholarship
Prime Minister's Scholarships

Yachting New Zealand Youth Scholarship

Yachting New Zealand have created a new scholarship for New Zealand's top youth sailors who are targeting medals at world championship events.

The goals of the scholarship 

To assist current and possible future youth team members to attend a youth class world championships or similar as part of their preparation towards future success.
To help provide sailors with the opportunity to gain experience from travelling and competing outside New Zealand.
To help sailors be the best prepared they can be to win medals at youth class world championships and Youth Sailing World Championships.

Scholarship award

A maximum of two scholarships will be awarded to two individuals or teams.
A maximum of two sailors will be awarded up to $2500 to help subsidise the cost of attending a youth class world championships or similar.
The championship to be attended must be agreed to by Yachting New Zealand’s selection panel.
The scholarship will be managed by Yachting New Zealand and is intended to be used to help cover the cost of flights, boat charter or accommodation. Recipients of the scholarship will be required to work with Yachting New Zealand’s youth co-ordinator to arrange the most suitable manner in which to attribute the award.


Recipients must submit an investment report to Yachting New Zealand within four weeks of the designated championship. 


2019: Seb Menzies & Blake McGlashan (boy's 420); and Helena Sanderson & Jack Honey (Nacra 15)

St John's Rotary Scholarship

Historically, the St John’s Rotary Trust supported one New Zealand youth sailor to attend CORK (Canadian Olympic Regatta, Kingston) each year. 

Since 2014 the scholarship has supported two young, talented New Zealand sailors to attend their youth class world championship regattas. The $1000 scholarship subsidises the cost of attending the international event, making it more affordable for the recipients to compete.  

The scholarship is aimed towards young sailors who have a possibility of making the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team in the following years, allowing them to gain experience at an international level.

Since 1996, many New Zealand sailors have benefited from the exposure of intensive international competition provided by the St John's Rotary Scholarship.. 

Past Recipients...
2019: Mason Mulcahy and Andre van Dam (boy's 420)
2018: Lloyd Perratt (RSX) and Albert Stanley (Laser Radial)
2017: Sebastian Lardies and Scott McKenzie (29er)
2016: Francesco Kayrouz and Oscar Gunn (29er)
2015: Finn Croft (RS:X) and George Gautrey (Laser Radial)
2014: Kate Stewart (420) and Taylor Balogh (420)
2011: Andrew McKenzie (Laser Radial)
2010: Nic Croft (Laser Radial)
2009: George Lane (Laser Radial)
2008: Jason Saunders (Laser)
2007: Matt Steven (Laser)
2006: Josh Junior (Laser)
2005: Matt Coutts (Laser)
2004: Aaron Hume-Merry (Laser) 
2003: Jane Macky (Laser Radial) 
2002: Jo Aleh (Laser Radial) 
2001: New Zealand Youth Team (Laser, Radial, 420, Mistral, Hobie) 
2000: Chris Kitchen (Laser) 
1999: James Wells (Board) 
1998: Alistair Gair (Laser) 
1997: Elliot Cree (Board) 
1996: Jayson Herbert (Laser)


PM Scholarships 2023: YNZ endorsement guidelines

The purpose of the Athlete Scholarship Programme is to invest in educational opportunities that enable world leading performances from New Zealand’s top athletic talent, by assisting athletes to develop holistically outside sport in ways that contribute towards their post-athletic career and enable the sustainability of our athlete talent pool.

PM Scholarships are managed and allocated by High Performance Sport New Zealand. Yachting New Zealand (YNZ) will be required to endorse and rank applications. Ranking will be based on international performances, and the ability of the applicants to impact on YNZ’s and High Performance Sport New Zealand’s Olympic goals. PM Scholarships are limited, and not all applicants are likely to be awarded scholarships.

PM Scholarship instructions

You will need to submit your final application online for PM Scholarships at the same timing as outlined by HPSNZ (5pm, 30 Nov. 2022)

If you are applying for a PM Scholarship this year please carefully follow the instructions below;

  1. Read the HPSNZ PM Scholarship Guide 2022-24and follow the process outlined
  2. Read the PM Scholarship information on the HPSNZ website thoroughly to understand the programme and eligibility.
  3. You need to make sure Yachting New Zealand has a copy of your plan in detail through to 2023 using the planning template (online or the excel version). Send the plan to Yachting New Zealand HP Programme Manager (HPPM). If you need to discuss your plan, contact your coach, the YNZ talent development manager (TDM) or high performance director (HPD).
  4. Arrange a time with your Performance Life Coach (Vicki Hudson) to look into managing study plans etc.
  5. See the timeline summary below from HPSNZ
  6. Yachting New Zealand will endorse and rank applications based on the submitted plans and performances to date.

Download the athlete study plan template here

For further information, visit the High Performance Sport New Zealand website at


Date Action
Sept 15 Applications open on HPSNZ website
Nov 30, 5pm Applications close
Dec 20, 5pm HPSNZ to communicate decisions