High Performance

Youth Selection and Youth Trials

Youth Selection

The Yachting New Zealand Selection Regulation for the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team to attend the Youth Sailing World Championships is reviewed annually. 

The Regulation sets out the criteria and procedure for selecting sailors to be part of the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team and will be publicly notified through Briefings newsletter when published. 


Hall Of Fame

Yachting New Zealand's Hall of Fame stretches wide and deep, encompassing past recipients of the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy which is presented to the person named as Sailor of the Year each year, Olympic medallists, life members and much more.

Yachting Excellence Awards

Click here to see the past and present winners of the prestigious Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy and other notable awards presented at the annual Yachting Excellence Awards.

Paralympic Sailing

Sailing appeared as a demonstration sport at the 1996 Atlanta Games and in 2000 was included in the Paralympic Games competition programme as a medal sport with events for the Sonar (three-person keelboat) and the 2.4mR (single-person keelboat). The sailing marina in Rushcutters Bay was host to 15 entries from the Sonar class and 17 from the 2.4mR class. 

New Zealanders competed at the first demonstration paralympic sailing event in the Sonar and finished fifth. At the 2000 Games, New Zealand was represented in both the 2.4mR and the Sonar. 

Olympic Sailing

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

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.


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