How Old Do I Have To Be?

We recommend 9 years as the minimum age. Some capable children begin at 8, but starting a child too young is not recommended. You must be able to swim.

What Equipment Will I Need?

You will need a life jacket and warm clothing a boat. For Learn to Sail (LTS) you will either need your own Optimist or you can charter one from the club.

Where Do I Find A Boat

Have a look at our Boats for Sale for the latest listings, the club notice board, other yacht club websites (refer Links tab on this website) TradeMe or contact Sail One. You could also call Karen Beggs for help with buying or chartering.

How Much Will It Cost?

You can buy a beginner Optimist for around $500. A life jacket will cost about $70. Membership of the club is $320.00 pa for a single child family or $480.00 pa for two or $540.00 for three or more children. Learn to Sail coaching fees will be $200 per half season. Chartering an Optimist is $125 per half season. Learn To Race is $200.00 per half season (you will need your own boat)

How Often Do We Have to Come and how long Does It Take?

The courses take approximately 10 weeks, and are held on Sundays at the Kohimarama Yacht Club. Briefing is at 10:00 am, and Learn To Sail is normally finished by 3.00pm.

What Is Learn To Sail?

The learn to Sail training program will have two intakes during the season, pre-Christmas commencing October, and post- Christmas commencing February. The program will be run under the direction of the Club Captain, assisted by Club Instructors (including paid coaches) and parents.

The coaching is a structured program which is designed to enable those participating to achieve their YNZ Junior sail 1 and Junior sail 2 certificates.

Sailors will graduate from Learn to Sail to our Learn to Race program, then progress through our racing fleets.

For more info visit our Learn To Sail and Learn To Race page under the Sailing menu.

Will My Child Be Well Supervised And Safe?

Yes, we adhere to the coaching ratios stipulated by Yachting New Zealand. There are always inflatable boats on the water whenever the children are sailing, and they are carefully supervised. It is very safe.

Who Do I Contact For A Chat?

Our Commodore Dan Alderson will be happy to discuss sailing at KYC.
Ph: 021 728 440


KYC is run entirely by volunteers usually parents, but often relatives that love sailing, help out too. This is a great way to learn new skills, meet new friends, help children learn and grow and then relax at the end of the day on one of the best decks in Auckland! There are duties to be performed every sailing day. To facilitate this a roster is prepared. It is your responsibility to find a replacement if you can’t do a duty. Other members are usually happy to swap weekends.