BaySail NZ is a practical Sailing School running the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) courses, Start Yachting, Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper onboard our 40' yacht She's A Lady.
Learn to sail in New Zealand
The Bay of Islands is a perfect base, with boating conditions ranging from tidal inlets, sheltered around the island sailing, to challenging and stunning coastal passages. Ideal whether you are a complete beginner, who wants to get a taste for sailing, on-the-water life and the opportunity to explore an amazing cruising ground, through to those of you wanting to focus on developing your boat handling, navigation, skippering and general seamanship skills. Our aim, whatever your ability, is to introduce you to a range of techniques and teach skills that may otherwise take years to learn without instruction. Thereby making sailing more enjoyable, and giving you confidence in your ability to crew or skipper a yacht.
RYA Accredited Sailing School
RYA Course Completion Certificates and Certificates of Competency are internationally recognised and accepted by most charter companies worldwide. You can gain the RYA/MCA commercial qualifications further down the track once you complete your Coastal Skipper, Offshore and Ocean Yachtmaster Examinations, which leads on from the practical courses we offer. All our instructors are fully RYA qualified and vastly experienced in coastal and ocean sailing, enthusiatic and very keen to pass on their knowledge.
Become a skipper
Courses are for 5 days and liveaboard for the duration, with the exception of Start Yachting (2 days, less miles). We aim to cover at least 100 miles which includes one night sail of 4-5 hours during this time. All meals are provided on board and you can relax after a satisfying day at sea with a cold one. The yacht is fully equipped for offshore conditions including full harness inflatable life jackets, for your safety and comfort.
Courses are run year round and subject to demand on the scheduled dates. Competent Crew is often run in conjunction with either Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper and restricted to a maximum of 5 students. This means you get more personal instruction and the yacht can be run efficiently and as if in a normal cruising situation. Certificates are awarded on the successful completion of each course and applicable to the level of competency achieved for your particular course.