Racing crew

The Racing Crew course follows on from the Learn to Sail keelboat course. It provides an opportunity to revise and consolidate the knowledge and skills you have already gained, as well as learning about sailing with spinnakers, and introducing you to yacht racing.

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 (Racing Crew) Certificate.


You will put into practice the following key elements:

  • crew roles, teamwork & communication
  • advanced sail tuning & boat handling
  • spinnaker hoists, gybes, drops
  • wind awareness
  • race starts
  • racing rules

Upcoming courses

Racing Crew 75: POSTPONED UNTIL THE END OF MARCH. New dates TBD. Saturdays 25 February, 4 March, 11 March & 18 March. 9am – 4pm. $667. (Course includes participation in the Champion Racing Autumn Series on 4th & 11th March.) 3 seats left.

Upcoming course pricing: $860/person.

To book, please select the course start date and number of people attending from the book now box on this page.  If you need help check out our booking help.  Please note all courses are subject to minimum booking numbers to run.

If these course times don’t suit please email to be notified when new courses are scheduled. 

What to wear

This course has an on-the-water component. 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![/tab]

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.