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Safety Regulations

These regulations are applicable to racing yachts and to New Zealand-registered cruising vessels leaving New Zealand.

The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations of Sailing 2021-2024

These regulations came into effect in January 2021 and are available to view electronically here

Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations

  • Part I Centreboard, Open Yachts and Sailboards
  • Part II Offshore & Coastal Racing and Cruising
  • Part III Pleasure craft departing New Zealand for overseas
  • Part IV Motor yachts embarking on offshore passages
  • Part V Trailer Yachts & Sports Trailer Yachts
  • Part VI Sports Boats
  • Part VII Sport Multihull Yachts


  • SR Appendix 1 Medical Stores
  • SR Appendix 2 Life Rafts and Grab Bags
  • SR Appendix 3 Safety Harnesses and Tethers
  • SR Appendix 4 Lifejackets, Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) and Lifebuoys
  • SR Appendix 5 Yacht Manual Example
  •  SR Appendix 6 Advanced Sea Survival Training
  • SR Appendix 7 Construction Standards
  • SR Appendix 8 Flowchart to Category 1 Certification

Summary of changes

Please find a summary of the changes to the Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations of Sailing 2021-2024 here.

Amendments to Safety Regulations of Sailing 2021-24

Yachting New Zealand safety regulations of sailing - part 1

Regulation for unballasted centreboards and open yachts, sailboards and ballasted yachts are found in the Yachting New Zealand Racing Rules of Sailing. The 2021-2024 regulations are available for download by clicking here.