Private Courses


Have you purchased a new boat?

Would you like some help docking?

Would you like an experienced coach to be with you on your first sail or Cruising trip?

Maybe you would like to improve your race results and need some help training your team?

If you have specific dates, times or just want to do any of our courses one-on–one with you and a few friends please email our coaching staff.

We will endeavour to create a course that’s right for you!

What you will get

A taste for sailing, a new experience and some great team rivalry!

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Common Questions

What should I wear?

The dress code for the RNZYS is closed footwear and no hats, tidy clothes will be fine, for on the water you can normally just wear short and t shirt but you should bring

  • Warm jumper wool is best in case of colder weather
  • Warm jacket, wind and water proof if possible
  • Thermal top and bottom if possible because of cold weather
  • Sun cream
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Drink bottle
  • Gloves

Life Jackets are provided, but if you have your own you are welcome to use it. You will be sailing just outside the Yacht Club, and on the water for only up to four hours.

Will I get wet?

Most likely not, but it is possible.

What if its bad weather will the course be cancelled?

If there is bad weather or bad weather is forecast we’ll be in communication early on with the event contact to see what your group would like to do: cancel, re schedule or brave it out! We would usually only cancel if the weather is unsafe (too windy) but we understand that it’s not much fun in the rain!!

Should we choose a Elliott 7 or MRX course?

The MRX course is on a bigger and more stable boat, if you are nervous about sailing or around water, don’t want to get wet or are less mobile then this is the course for you. If you are looking at becoming a boat owner then the MRX course deals with more issues around boat ownership and systems on larger keelboats. The coach to student ratio is 1:7 with a qualified skipper as the coach.

The Elliott 7 course is on smaller more responsive boats; this can provide a steeper learning curve, the coach to student ratio is 1:4 with a younger Yachting NZ qualified keelboat coach on board, the course will be overseen our Learn to sail manager. If you are more agile and confident around water this course is for you.

Are the coaches qualified?

For the Elliott 7 course the coaches are our senior sailors from the RNZYS Youth Training programme, often these are some of the best racing sailors in the country. They will be Yachting New Zealand Keelboat coach qualified, the course will be overseen by our Learn to sail manager who is a qualified commercial skipper. For the MRX course the coach is a fully qualified commercial skipper

How much wind is too much to sail in?

Normally our wind limit is 25 knots, but depends also on sea state and other factors.