Akarana Sailing Academy

TERM 1 CLASSES COMMENCE Week Beginning 3rd February 2020

RAYC offers a range of learn to sail options to cater for children at all levels. We are passionate about giving children the opportunity to learn to sail in a fun and safe environment while ensuring that they are learning the lifetime skills and love of sailing.

Our learn to sail options start with Optimist dinghies. We have a fleet of optimists which are used to introduce the children to sailing. There are 3 levels of learn to sail before competitive racing begins.

At RAYC we have a fleet of RS Feva’s. These are a fast, sleek design two person dinghy and are a great way to develop sailing skills right from entry level to high performance racing at an international level. This is a great way to foster teamwork and the necessary skills to take the next step into other international class racing.

Our club has the most diverse fleet of centreboard and keelboat racing in New Zealand. We coach many secondary schools in 420’s racing teams and have a well maintained 420 fleet for those advancing through the school sailing program. There are many options for progression after Academy sailing dependant on individual preferences and abilities.

The Royal Akarana Yacht Club Sailing Academy conducts courses under the guidelines of Yachting New Zealand.

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Akarana Sailing Academy

TERM 1 | 2020

Commencing Week Beginning 3rd February


If you’re just starting out, then Level 1 is the way to go.
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Open Skiff

The Open Skiff is taking the youth sailing world by storm and the Akarana Sailing Academy is now offering courses for the class.
Our fleet of brand new Open Skiffs arrived in March 2018 and are already proving to be a favourite class amongst the kids.


If you’re just starting out, then we recommend that you enrol in the Optimist Level 1 course. The Feva courses are for those that understand the elements of sailing already, but who are wanting to learn how to sail a two-handed boat with a genneker.


The Akarana Sailing Academy now offers Laser Race Training for sailors aiming to compete at local, national and international regattas. Take your sailing and racing skills to the next level with our race training run by international recognised top-level coaches.

We have a big fleet of brand new 4.7, Radial and Standard Lasers for our race sailors to use and the best thing is..the usage of our Lasers are all included in the coaching price! The Laser 4.7 (ideal weight 50-55kg) for lighter weight sailors graduating from our Junior classes. The Laser Radial (55-72kg) is a natural stepping stone for youth sailors that have outgrown and wish to continue sailing single-handed centreboard dinghies. And the standard (full rig) Laser (75+ kg) is suited to higher sailor weights. We run regular coaching sessions plus some additional clinics prior to some regattas. After the sailors gain some experience they can race in our Thursday Laser races and Sunday Club racing and keep growing competing in nationals and international regattas.


This course is best suited for teenagers from ages 14-18 years who are keen to get involved in sailing, and who may not have done any prior sailing. This course is a pathway for the adult sailing courses, the Learn to Race and the Racing Team and the possibility to race in our club races. Bring your friends and enjoy some good sailing!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Weekdays
    Weekday sessions start at 4pm each day, please ensure your sailor is here at 4pm ready to sail.  The less time spent on the land will mean more time on the water learning and having fun.  Pick up time is 7pm each day.  Occasionally if the weather is particularly bad and we conduct an off the water session we may offer you the opportunity to collect your child earlier.
  • Weekends
    Weekend morning sessions are from 9am to 12 and afternoon sessions run from 1pm to 4pm.  Please make sure your child is here on time so they can enjoy maximum time or let us know if you are not coming so that we do not hold the group on shore while we are waiting for you to arrive
  • Shoes
    Shoes are essential items for us to allow sailors on the water. The ramp can get very slippery this time of year in spite of it getting water-blasted on a regular basis.  There is also some oyster growth on the edge of the ramp and some children not wearing shoes have experienced cuts.  Shoes are now required and are the best prevention against these cuts. Cheap water shoes are acceptable or even old sneakers, as long as the foot is fully enclosed, however purpose-built shoes can be bought from sailing stores.
  • Wetsuit / Rash Shirt / Jacket
    The water temperature has been warming up but at this time of the year it can still drop quickly.  We suggest that our sailors wear a wet suit and preferably a rash suit or wind jacket  to protect them from  If your child is  intent on continuing sailing you can purchase specialised sailing gear, I recommend checking out the ZHIK store near Victoria Park, otherwise a range of gear can be found at Sailor’s Corner or other marine speciality stores.
  • Hat / Sunglasses
    Please ensure your young sailor also brings a hat each week. They can be out on the water for nearly 3 hours and we also suggest sunglasses.  We have sunblock for those that forget to apply some before they arrive and our coaches will be checking everyone is sun blocked before they launch the boats.
  • Something to eat
    An afternoon snack is also a good idea as children can often get hungry, something small  they can put in their life jacket pocket  i.e. a muesli bar can be a good idea.  We suggest that they take a named water bottle with them on the water, this can be given to the coach to look after.

The minimum age that we like to accept for a child starting out is 8 years old. By these stage they should have become confident in the water.

Some children of Auckland have been lucky enough to grow up on boats, and already have experience. In this instance, we ask that you contact us to advise of their experience, and our head coach will make a decision.

Ask a Question


Make-Up Class Request

Please complete the following form to request attendance to a make-up class.

Be aware that while our team will do their best to accommodate all requests, there are no guarantees that a make-us class will be available.

Each request is assessed in the order it’s received.

A member of our team will review your request and contact you via return email.

Response Times:

  • Request received Monday-Friday > Allow 48 hours
  • Request received Saturday-Sunday > Allow 72 hours

Make-Up Class Terms

Please note, there is only one (1) make-up class available per student / per term. The make-up class date will be advised upon successful application.

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