About Us

Baysail NZ was first set up as a RYA Training Center in 2006 by Glen Caulton and is able to teach all levels within the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme.

From anyone interested in getting into sailing through to preparation for Yachtmaster examinations we aim to give you the skills and confidence required to enjoy on the water life. Glen is the principal instructor of course’s but we employ freelance instructors from time to time when there is demand for extra course’s or exam prep and mile builders.

All of our instructors are passionate about sailing and keen to pass on their knowledge to our students. Even if you have been sailing for years, there will always be new techniques and methods in doing things, to learn and take in. And what better place than the stunning Bay of Islands to learn in!

Chief Instructor and Baysail NZ Principal

RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, Ocean Yachtmaster, MNZ Commercial Skipper

Glen Caulton has been sailing for over 40 years and based in the Bay of Islands for half of this time. Starting off in dinghy’s on Lake Pupuke on Auckland’s North Shore and then progressing to small keel boats, cruising and racing in the Hauraki Gulf.

Since becoming a professional skipper 25 years ago, Glen has skippered and crewed on boats up to 130′, cruised and raced with-in New Zealand and Australia including offshore races to Pacific Island destinations. He has worked on Superyachts in Italy and Greece and run motor vessels in Auckland up to 75′ doing corporate and private charters.

He had a yacht charter business in the Bay of Islands for many years and even delved into Parasailing for a short time. Glen now focuses on sailing training and enjoying teaching and showing people what the Bay of Islands and Northland Coastline has to offer.

Glen Caulton BaySailNZ

Our Yacht

“Atmosphere” is a Beneteau 381, with a 3 cabin, 2 toilet/shower layout. Including the saloon, there are 4 double berths and plenty of room on-board for a full compliment of 5 students.

The boat meets both Maritime NZ and the Royal Yacht Association stringent operation and safety standards. Regular audits and vessel inspections ensure these standards are maintained and systems updated.

Safety equipment includes a life raft, distress flares and inflatable lifejackets plus usual array of tools and spares.