Cruising crew

The Cruising Crew course follows on from the Learn to sail Keelboats course. The course focuses on seamanship skills – the skills needed to go cruising on board a yacht. It will allow you to develop a better understanding of seamanship, and introduces the wonderful world of cruising in a yacht.

The course forms part of the Yachting NZ National Sailing Scheme and on completion participants will be awarded a YNZ National Sailing Scheme Level 2 Basic Skills (Cruising Crew) Certificate.


New skills taught include:

  • coming alongside
  • anchoring
  • picking up moorings
  • making fast/towing a dinghy
  • basic chart work
  • sail handling
  • preparing a boat for sea
  • safety at sea
  • engine maintenance
  • night sailing

Upcoming courses

Cruising Crew 219: Wednesday 11 March 6pm-9pm (Briefing and Theory evening). Sunday 15 & 22 March 9am-4pm. Night Sail Friday 20 March 7pm-11pm. Last minute deal – $450. Contact ocean@rpnyc.org.nz to enrol.

Cruising Crew 220: Wednesday 22 April 6-9pm (Briefing and Theory evening). Saturday 25th April & 2 May 9-4pm. Night Sail 29th April 6-10pm – $667

Cruising Crew 221: Wednesday 20 May 6-9pm (Briefing and Theory evening). Sunday 24th & 31st May 9-4pm. Night Sail 27th May 6-10pm – Low Season rate – $598

To book, please select the course start date and number of people attending from the book now box on this page.

If these course times don’t suit please email ocean@rpnyc.org.nz to be notified when new courses are scheduled.

What to wear

This is a hands on course that spends lots of time on the water. For on going out on the water dress warmly, even in summer. A wool or polypropylene base layer is a good idea, with at least one more warm layer on top. We provide you with a good quality set of breathable waterproof gear (pants and jacket) along with a lifejacket. A hat and sunglasses are also a good idea. Make sure that you have a strap or similar so that you don’t lose these overboard!

Weather information

We are subject to the joys and challenges of Wellington’s wind and weather. Course components are flexible and instructors will use their best judgement to adjust the course components to suit the weather. If the weather is unsuitable for sailing, often we can get ahead on some of the classroom based sessions. On rare occasions where we have sustained bad weather we may have to reschedule a session.