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WOS July update

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 July is upon us and we are having one of the busiest winters on record at Wellington Ocean Sports. Learn to sail 435 recently completed their course and course 436 commenced last Saturday. On top of that Racing Crew 48 is nearing the end of their course, having competed in two RPNYC Winter Series races along with a second WOS boat. Pictured above are the students who recently completed our learn to sail refresher session.

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I’m also very pleased to be able to report that Wellington Ocean Sports have been named as a finalist in the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards 2016 for the delivery of its safe boating programme to school children and adults. We see this as fantastic acknowledgement for all RPNYC members and WOS staff. The delivery of safe boating education to over 1000 children in the last 12 months is a great accomplishment for a not for profit organisation such as ours.

Below are details of the up and coming opportunities we have for you to get involved!!!

RPNYC Winter Series

Although we sold out both our boats for the first 2 races of the RPNYC Winter Series, we have places available on one of the boats for the last 3 races commencing on 17 July. This will involve 3 fortnightly races. Further information and booking available here.

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Cruising Crew

For those wanting to get involved in cruising, our next Cruising Crew course commences on Saturday 16 July. Cruising Crew follows on from the learn to sail keelboats course and provides an opportunity to consolidate and build on your knowledge and skills. It also allows you to develop seamanship skills and covers navigation, weather, rules of the road and includes a night sail. Cruising Crew leads on to the very popular Cruising Skipper course.

Racing Crew

Our next Racing Crew course commences on Saturday 10 September. The course runs over 4 consecutive Saturdays and will compete in at least two Spring Series races. Nothing improves your sailing skills quicker than racing. Having to actually get the boat from one fixed point to another (as quickly as you can) is great for focus, and speeds up the learning process. Also, the advantage of doing this course as opposed to simply going racing is that over a four day period we will take you step by step through hoisting, lowering and trimming spinnakers, all with the aim of making you a “competent crew member on a racing boat”. This course will also give you greater confidence when taking up RPNYC member crew requests.


Our last Boatmaster course of the year commences on Monday 3 October. The Boatmaster course is a 30 hour, theory-only course providing in-depth knowledge of all aspects of boating safety. Whilst this is an excellent stand-alone course, the Boatmaster course is also a pre-requisite for the ‘Coastal Skipper’ course and recognised as prior learning towards the Maritime New Zealand commercial qualification of “Skipper Restricted Limits”. As mentioned, the course commences on Monday 3 October and runs over Monday and Wednesday evenings until 9 November, 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Booking available here.

Cruising Skipper

Our next Cruising Skipper course is being held over the weekend of 7 to 9 October. This Marlborough Sounds based course will see you progress to be a “competent skipper on a cruising boat”. So take the next step now, and continue the journey towards running your own cruising experience. The Marlborough Sounds are a fantastic part of the country to explore and we have an undertaking from Compass Charters, which they will charter to anyone that has completed our Cruising Skipper course.

Further information and booking are available for all the courses we offer on our website.

If you have any queries feel free to call me in the office on 939 6702 or via email at ocean@rpnyc.org.nz .

Hope to see you out on the water!!



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