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Say Yes to Yachting!

Did you know that the smallest boat to sail around the world was 11ft 10 inches in length? That is about the size of a small family car! The boat was called Acrohc Australis and the record was set by Serge Testa in 1987.

Yachting is a very adaptive sport that everybody can get something from. Whether it is intense racing, sailing around the world, or just an afternoon picnic cruise, sailing is a sport to be enjoyed by everybody.

And you can sail in a boat of your own or with a team.

Getting started

To give yachting a go, contact a yacht club near you to organise a visit and find out what events are on locally. You can find a list of clubs in the Club Directory on the Yachting New Zealand website.

Yachting New Zealand also runs a ‘Sailing... Have a Go!’ programme for intermediate school children. Many schools also have sailing facilities where students can try sailing.

Yacht clubs sometimes hold open days when you can try sailing and find out more about joining a club.

Most people start sailing by joining a yacht club, and taking lessons. It is then easy to progress to club level racing or cruising. On many occasions all the equipment you need is provided by the club.

Membership and Fees

Membership fees to yacht clubs vary and there's a wide range of options available, depending on the club and type of membership. Fees vary for lessons, equipment, and yacht hire too, but are often cheaper for members.

For more information on fees and membership, contact your local club to find out what options are available.

What to wear

Clothing will depend on what type of sailing you will be doing. If it is dinghy sailing, you will want water-friendly clothing and shoes – many people choose to wear a wetsuit.

In keelboat sailing, a weather proof jacket and pants are recommended. Remember, it's always colder out on the water and in the wind, so be sure to pack extra layers of clothing just in case.


Yacht clubs are a fun, social, and safe environment to learn how to sail and make new friends. New sailors can benefit from the advice, support, and experience of the other members.

Joining a club is a great way to find out about sailing opportunities and participate in racing and cruising events. Most yacht clubs have great member benefits such as discounts on lessons and they are a great way to meet people and network within the sailing community.

The Yachting New Zealand's website has a Club Directory so you can find local yacht clubs. It is as easy as a phone call or stopping by and filling out a form!

If you see boats out on the water and are interested, head on down to the yacht club and see what's happening.

For more information

Check out the Yachting New Zealand website.


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