Race Crew Training

Get off the rail and into the action! – Our Race Crew Training course is aimed at giving you the skills to be a part of a racing sailing team.

What To Expect

RNZYS Race Crew Training Course is a 16 hour Yachting New Zealand sailing course.

The course format is either over 5 weeknights (Wednesday 5pm – 8:30pm) or three full days (Saturdays 10am – 4pm).

The course is a mixture of practical and theory based content. During this course you will learn all crewing positions on an Elliott 7, racing in RNZYS sailing events. During this course you’ll learn to use both Spinnakers and Gennakers.

What the course covers

The course format is:

Learn – The first session or first part of the day will be training.

Race – You’ll crew then race the Elliott 7’s or Farr MRX’s in the RNZYS race in the afternoon [winter] or in the second session [summer]

Network – Race debrief and socialising with other sailors at the bar, and attend the prize giving.

Over the course of the sessions you’ll learn how to rig and trim gennakers, how to hoist, drop and gybe, race tactics and strategies, Racing Rules Of Sailing.

What you will get

At the beginning of your course you’ll receive three months membership at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. You’ll be able to use the facilities and get a full taste of what being an active sailing member of the RNZYS is like!

On graduation you receive a Yachting New Zealand Race Crew Training certificate.

The Sailing Office will provide help with the next stage of your journey: crew placement, advanced courses or even volunteering in race management.

Common Questions

Do I need to complete the Level 1 and Level 2 first ?

Not necessarily; If you have no sailing experience you will need to complete the Level 1 course. But if you have previous sailing experience you can go straight into this course.

What will I be taught on the course?

The course follows a RNZYS syllabus, focused on boat handling skills and basic racing tactics. At the end of the course you will know how to properly use Spinnakers and Gennakers and understand the basics of crewing on a race boat.

I already race. will this course be too basic for me?

No. We have incredibility talented coaches at the RNZYS and we guarantee you will learn something new to become a better crew member.

Will I get to try different crew positions?

Yes, the crew will rotate through all the positions on the boat: Bow, jib trimmer, main trimmer and pitman.

Will we do actual racing?

Yes, you will compete in the RNZYS Club racing series.

Will there be a coach on-board?

Yes, there will be a coach who will steer the boat.

Will I get a chance to steer the boat?

Not during the racing, this course is about learning to be an effective crew member.

How do I continue to race after the course?

RNZYS will support you getting onto a members keelboat for club racing.