Back to top anchor
Close main menu
Open main menu Close main menu
Red racing yacht

Safety Regulations

Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations of Sailing 2021-2024

These regulations apply to yachts competing in yacht racing events in New Zealand. These regulations came into effect in January 2021 and are available to view electronically here.

Updated 1 July 2024

Changes to administrative arrangements for craft and crew adequacy for vessels going overseas

Administrative arrangements to meet the section 21 adequacy requirements for New Zealand registered recreational craft going overseas were previously delivered by Yachting NZ and Yachting NZ Inspectors under delegation from the Director of Maritime NZ (referred to as a CAT 1 Certificate).

From 1 July 2024, Maritime NZ will assume the administration and delivery of these requirements.

Those wanting to take their New Zealand registered recreational craft overseas will now apply to Maritime NZ for an International Voyage Certificate (Pleasure Craft). 

For information on how to apply for an International Voyage Certificate please go to the Maritime New Zealand website here:

Any enquiries can be sent to:

Yachting NZ will continue to manage Category 1-5 inspections for boats competing in yacht races. If you are participating in a yacht race overseas (and your craft’s voyage starts in New Zealand), you will still need to meet the requirements under Section 21, and apply for an International Voyage Certificate (Pleasure Craft). You will also still need a Cat 1 Certificate.

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.