2019  DATES: Week 1: Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th December; Week 2: Sunday 8th – Saturday 14th December 2019


How to Apply: If you wish to enter an individual or yacht club team of four in this years training weeks please complete the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM or email

Crews meet at the Squadron at 11.30am on Monday 2nd December (Week 1) and Sunday 8th December (Week 2), the bus leaves at midday. ETA at Sandspit is 1pm.

Week 1 will return on the same bus and their ETA back at the Squadron is 2pm.  On Saturday 14th (Week 2) crews will sail the Elliott 7’s back to Westhaven, ETA 3pm.

Trainees: Trainees must be between 14 and 20 years of age. Yacht Club teams must have a reasonable standard of sailing competency and experience.

Coaching: Coaching during the week is under the guidance of RNZYS Training Manager, Reuben Corbett, and his Assistant Coach and supported by YTP, Members, Graduates and other Staff.

Crews: Crews may be individual or should consist of four sailors – helm, main, trim & bow.

Meals: Three meals will be provided each day. In addition, the Kawau Island Yacht Club store sells a variety of food and miscellaneous items for purchase.

2019 Fee’s will be confirmed soon!!
In the meantime 2018 Fee’s:

NZ$750 (incl. GST) per person or $3,000 (incl. GST) per yacht club team – New Zealand affiliated Club

NZ$2000 (incl GST) per person or $8000 (incl. GST) per International club team – Overseas teams.

This fee includes transportation from the RNZYS Clubrooms to Kawau Island, Elliott 7m training yachts, coaching staff, accommodation at Kawau Island and meals.

Established in 1989

The National Youth Training Week was established in 1989. Each year Yacht Clubs from around New Zealand are invited to send a four person youth crew to share in the intensive sailing experience synonymous with our world-renowned RNZYS Youth Training Programme. The week of training gives young sailors the opportunity to receive intensive theoretical and practical instruction in the various aspects of competitive keelboat racing in a disciplined environment.

Yachts: The 10 Elliott 7m training boats owned by the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme are used for the training week.

Transport: Crews are required to make their own way to the Squadron Clubrooms, they travel by bus to Sandspit then by boat to Kawau Island. On the final day trainees will sail the Elliott 7s back to Westhaven Marina. All teams are responsible for their own travel costs to and from the Squadron.

Contact us

For further information please contact our Youth Training Programme Staff:

Reuben Corbett

Phone: (09)360-6811
Fax: (09)360-6802
Mobile:021 029 94752

Megan Thomson

Phone: (09)360-6809