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Wellington Ocean Sports February Update

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What a fantastic summer it has been!!!  The perfect weather we experienced in January has led into one of the busiest two months we have ever had at Wellington Ocean Sports. It is also timely that we have started the total renewal of all our sails, wet weather gear and an upgrade of the boats.

As pictured above the new main sails are now in action. We are committed to providing our students the best quality equipment we can and will continue this process as funds allow until complete. We hope you have had a chance to get out on the water with us this summer to check it all out. Traditionally the summer/autumn period is when we experience some of the most settled weather, so take a look at what we have coming up and we hope to see you out there.

 Casual Racing

There is no finer time of the year to get out on the harbour for a Friday night Rum Race than now. These are very casual races with no previous racing experience necessary. Everything you need is provided and there will be an instructor on the boat.
There are places available on the Wellington Ocean Sports boat that is entered in this Fridays Rum Race and this Wednesdays Twilight Race. Book now!

 Racing Crew

Our next Racing Crew course commences on Monday 9 March. I highly recommend Racing Crew to all those who have completed our Learn to Sail course regardless of whether you are into racing or not, as this course will improve your sailing skills more than any other course we run.
Racing Crew is designed to take you to the level of “competent crew on a racing boat”. It is ideal preparation for those wishing to join the Club and crew regularly on member’s boats and is another step down the path of becoming a racing skipper. While completion of our Learn to Sail course isn’t a prerequisite for attending Racing Crew, participants must be at that level and have a handle on basic keelboat sailing concepts.


 Grad Casual Sailing

The general public can hire the Wellington Ocean Sports boats out at $175 per hour plus gst. We do however offer the boats to those who have completed our learn to sail course at $125 per hour. So get a group together and book some time out on the water. There is always an instructor on board so it’s essentially like an additional session on one of our courses. You can hire the boats anytime they are available for either cruising or any of the RPNYC races.

 Cruising Crew

For those wanting to get involved in cruising our next Cruising Crew course is commencing on Saturday 14 March. 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.

Cruising Skipper

Our next and last Cruising Skipper course for the season is being held the weekend of 24 to 26 April. This Marlborough Sounds based course will see you progress to be “competent skipper on a cruising boat”. So take the next step now, and continue the journey to 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, that they will charter to anyone that has completed our Cruising Skipper course.

Corporate Sailing

Wellington Ocean Sports is the perfect location for a corporate team building session. Whether it is Americas Cup style racing around buoys off Oriental Bay, an adventure race around Somes Island or a kayaking or stand up paddleboard session we have it covered. We also have a number of catering options available. Further information and Bookings are available on our website.

Advanced Sea Survival

Wellington Ocean Sports is running an Advanced Sea Survival Course this weekend and there are several places available for booking. Advanced Sea Survival is a comprehensive theoretical and practical course required by crew competing in offshore races (category 1), such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The course is equally applicable for anyone considering a cruising passage.

Modules covered include,
• History, statistics and legislation
• Accidents and emergencies
• Equipment
• Safety and emergency planning
• Risk assessment
• Man overboard, life rafts and equipment including a practical session
• Distress signals and responsibilities
• Wet drill
• SAR systems and responsibilities
• Fire precautions and fire fighting
• Medical care aboard
• Damage control
• Weather and forecasting
• Heavy weather techniques
• Storm sails


For those wanting to move to the next level Boatmaster is for you. 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.

Our next Boatmaster course commences on Monday 23 March and runs over Monday and Wednesaday evenings from 5.30 to 8.30pm

Other Opportunities

Our School Holiday Programme continues to gain in popularity and during the last school holidays sold out. The next programme commences the week of 7 April. Book now to avoid disappointment!!

Harbour Sails are a great way to introduce friends and family to the sport of sailing. They are run weekly on Fridays and Saturdays at 2.00pm. At only $40 per person for an hour and half on the water Harbour Sails are also a fantastic corporate team building or family sail option.
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 .

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