The weather wasn't always kind but it didn't seem to matter as 14 children completed learn to sail levels one and two at the Mercury Bay Boating Club recently.
Safety boats are critical to the operation of most yachting and boating clubs in New Zealand and there are a number of things you should do to manage this effectively.
As many as 87 boats have entered this year's Bay Week and among the crew will be a 10-year-old to America's Cup winners and Volvo Ocean Race champions.
The Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club has been the hub for water-based activities on Wellington Harbour for more than a century and continues to offer the chance for people to take to the water in the capital.
The Royal Akarana Yacht Club will tap into Rod Davis' vast experience after the former Olympian and America's Cup skipper was appointed the club's sailing director.
The Howick Sailing Club narrowly won the East Auckland inter-club regatta trophy when the event was sailed at the Glendowie Boating Club last weekend.
The International Yacht Paints Auckland to Tauranga is the premier event for coastal sailors in the Bay of Plenty and entries are now open for the 2018 instalment.
The Waikato Thames Yachting Association are hosting the regional centreboard regatta at Lake Ngaroto on February 3-4.
Coastguard Boating Education have been the leading provider of boating education courses throughout New Zealand since 1979 and offer courses to suit boaties from the novice to the expert.
In our regular feature on the regions, regional support officer Kim Admore gives an update from the top half of the northern region.