Tuesday 27 February 2024 | 12:00 PM

5 Courses, 5 Speakers, 5 Cocktails

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron presents an afternoon dedicated to the exceptional women making waves in the marine industry and across New Zealand. Coinciding with the Moana Auckland festivities, this gathering serves as a platform for inspiration, empowerment, and motivation for women at the forefront of maritime advancements.

With a five course lunch, five cocktails/mocktails and five inspirational speakers – this afternoon is sure to inspire, motivate and create connections.


$120 | Members
$150 | Guests
$1000 | Table of 10 (bookings via reception@rnzys.org.nz)


Tātaki Auckland Unlimited is Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s economic and cultural agency. They’re committed to making our region a desirable place to live, work, visit, invest and do business.  It is an exciting time for our city, with new developments of world-class infrastructure and sophisticated dining precincts, not to mention their manaakitanga (warm hospitality), magnificent natural scenery and endless adventures ready to be explored.”

Our speakers:

Megan Thomson

A proud RNZYS Member, made history last year as the first female to stand atop the podium at the World Match Racing Tour Circuit. Megan fell in love with sailing at a young age when she was introduced to dinghy racing by her father. From there Megan’s passion and drive for success saw her excel and rise through the ranks of both women’s and open match racing scenes. Hear from Megan as she shares her experience as a female sailor breaking into an often male dominated match racing world.

Our speakers continued…

Kelly Hartzell

Kelly is a skilled Mechatronics Engineer who joined Emirates Team New Zealand in 2022 working in the role of Instrumentation and Mechatronics. Kelly will provide insight into the development of the America’s Cup, and how it is helping youth and women’s teams to train ahead of the very first Youth and Puig Women’s America’s Cup Developing the talent of the next generation of sailors for the world’s longest-running international sporting trophy – the America’s Cup –all in a day’s work for Kelly.

Keryn McMaster

Keryn McMaster is an accomplished offshore sailor having sailed around the world twice; first on EF Education in 1997-98 and then on Amer Sports 2 in the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-02. Keryn has also competed in three Sydney-Hobart races completing this first at just 18 years old. Keryn will share her story and give insights into her role today with PredictWind, helping fellow sailors achieve their sailing dreams and goals through powerful and accurate weather insights.

Kate Montgomery

Part of the sailing world for most of her life, Kate Montgomery is a qualified Personal Trainer, Mobility Coach and Yoga and Meditation Teacher with over 20 years of practice under her belt. She also lives with chronic illness which brings unique challenges to her everyday life. Hear Kate tell her story of how she found the courage to accept her body and improve her physical and mental health through movement. While Kate is the daughter of well-known sailing broadcaster PJ, she has her own story of self-love and acceptance that has inspired countless women to begin to love and accept their bodies and look after their physical and mental wellbeing.

Hon Nikki Kaye

Hon Nikki Kaye is a former NZ Member of Parliament for Auckland central & former Deputy Leader of the New Zealand National Party. Throughout her time in parliament Nikki held many portfolios including serving as Minister of ACC, Civil Defence, Youth, Food Safety and Education. Her current role as a Director of AUT Ventures sees her delivering independent consultancy for Education Technology initiatives in New Zealand, United States, and other countries.  Recently, Nikki has cofounded Blue Nature Aotearoa Trust with Dr Nigel Bradly which brings together educators, technology, and marine science specialists to work with school students to deliver blue nature social impact projects. Listen to how the trust hopes to restore ecosystems in the long term through education, supporting and scaling new social enterprises, fostering new industries, and utilising blue technology solutions.