The have a go programme down at the Volvo Ocean Race village is proving a hit.
More than $400,000 in funding is available as part of the first round of this year's Auckland Regional KiwiSport Funding.
The battle for the last three spots up for grabs in the NZL Sailing Foundation youth team for July's Youth Sailing World Championships are bound to be intense when the Yachting New Zealand 29er and Nacra 15 youth trials get underway at Easter.
Yacht clubs are starting to embrace the RS Feva as a way to introduce youngsters to double-handed sailing and its increased popularity should see a decent-sized fleet at the upcoming national championships.
It's bigger than rugby's Ranfurly Shield and equally impressive and at the end of April the Wihau Shield for P Class sailors will once again be up for grabs.
Sixteen teams are competing this weekend to take out the New Zealand leg of the Red Bull Foiling Generation and then go on to the world finals in the US.
Entries have been received from Australia, Tahiti, New Caledonia as well as throughout New Zealand for next month's 2018 Toyota Optimist National Championships in Picton.
Thomas and Mason Mulcahy took out the big ones at the recent Interislander Regatta.
Kath Johnson hopes the arrival of the Volvo Sailing... Have a Go! trailer on Friday will spark enough interest in sailing for the sport to get off the ground on Stewart Island.
Three returning competitors are a feature of the first batch of athletes named in the NZL Sailing Foundation youth team who will compete at July's Youth Sailing World Championships in the US.