The RNZYS has a strong commitment to training and in 1987 launched its Youth Training Programme. As a result it has seen a generation of yachting dominated by Kiwi Sailors. In 2015 the RNZYS launched its first adult beginner level 1 programme to establish a training ground for members and to introduce people to the sport of sailing at any age.

Elliott 7’s

Tiller Steering – Simple, easy to use and common across most boats

Open cockpit – lots of space, easy to move about, comfortable

No Backstays – The rig is more secure than other set-ups

Small Jib – smaller loads on ropes and less strain on crew

Carbon Mast and Boom – Light and easy to use

Small Winches – Low risk of injury

Balanced Sail Plan – Easy to sail

Relatively Fast! – Fun and exciting sailing

Farr MRX

Tiller Steering – Simple, easy to use and common across most boats

Open cockpit – lots of space, easy to move about, comfortable

Bigger boat – more stable platform, especially for older or less nimble students.

Cabin – enclosed ‘downstairs’ area, including an onboard marine toilet

Engine – 20hp in board diesel engine

Sail plan – choice of different sized headsails, as well as reefing points on the mainsail.

Peter Linford is the Learn to Sail Manager for the RNZYS, qualified YNZ coach and avid sailor.

Mobile: 021 593 482


Vela Huang

The very first time I climbed aboard a yacht was on a warm, breezy summer afternoon in China, with the Xiamen University Sailing Team. Since then, I haven’t stopped! Sailing has broadened my horizons, racing in different cities and countries, cruising from Xiamen to Taiwan, and making a bunch of best friends along the way. But most importantly it opened the door for me to explore the world.

With my background of teaching sailing both in China and New Zealand, I am able to bring the joys of yachting on the Waitemata Harbour to the growing Chinese population in Auckland. I am happy to coach in Chinese or English or a mix of both, so don’t let the language barrier stop you! Sailing is a vital part of who I am and I am certain you will enjoy learning to sail with me!

Related experiences
– 7-year sailing experience
– 3-year sailing coaching experience
– Former President of Xiamen University Sailing Club
– Former skipper of Xiamen University Girls Sailing Team
– Writer of a mandarin learn-to-sail book Start to Sail
– RYA (Royal Yachting Association) certificated Dinghy Instructor
– CYA (Chinese Yachting Association) certificated Keelboat Coach
– Finalist of Chinese Female Sailor of The Year – 2016

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