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Please go to Yachting New Zealands website for the latest updates and full information on how the Covid-19 regulations affect recreational sailing under the current alert levels.


Page updated: November 10, 2021

Update released: November 2, 2021. The situation in New Zealand is changing rapidly, with regular updates and recommendations as we cope with Covid-19, which highlights the importance of clubs planning ahead.

Yesterday we saw Northland move to Alert Level 3, today Waikato moved to Alert Level 3, Step 2 and next Wednesday Auckland is expected to join them at Alert Level 3, Step 2. We also learned more today about vaccination mandates and potential movement around the country.

The main government recommendations to come out of the last few days for Alert Level 3, Step 2 are as follows:

  • Double-handed and keelboat sailing with people outside your household is not allowed
  • Organised racing and events are not allowed
  • Overnight stays on boats are not allowed (in the same way overnighting at your bach is prohibited)

We are bitterly disappointed the move to Alert Level 3, Step 2 has seen no significant changes for yachting and boating clubs in these regions, other than an increase in gatherings up to 25 people, but we will continue to strongly advocate on your behalf for greater freedoms because we think many aspects of our sport can be carried out safely.

Sport New Zealand updated their recommendations today, and those can be found here.

We are not in a position to mandate or tell clubs how they should operate under the various alert levels, including the traffic light system, so clubs need to use their discretion when considering how they operate.

We strongly recommend all clubs put together a detailed risk assessment and health and safety plan that reflects each club's specific needs. A good place to start is here.

We would recommend clubs consult fully with their membership before implementing any changes to current operating procedures.

You will have seen in my last update Yachting New Zealand’s stance on vaccinations - all staff, coaches and carded sailors are fully vaccinated and future staff and contracted coaches will be required to be vaccinated, and all participants in Yachting New Zealand events and Aon youth clinics will require proof of vaccination.

This is not a mandate for affiliated yachting and boating clubs. It’s up to individual clubs to decide how they approach vaccination requirements and no club will be disadvantaged with Yachting New Zealand by following their own path.

We know it has been a difficult time for everyone lately, particularly those in the Auckland and Waikato regions, but it feels like restrictions are easing as we head into the summer months.

Hopefully I’ll catch you on the water soon.

Kia kaha
David Abercrombie
Yachting New Zealand chief executive


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More detailed information will be circulated by Sport New Zealand next week as we move into the traffic light system at 11.59pm on December 2 but the main points that relate to sailing and boating are:

  • There are no requirements for physical distancing while playing / participating, meaning keelboat and double-handed sailing is allowed at the Red, Orange and Green settings. You also don’t need to wear a mask when taking part.
  • Yachting and boating clubs can open but will need to consider specific rules for the commercial premises that they run such as cafes. More guidance about this can be found on MBIE’s website.
  • The rules for gatherings generally apply to yachting and boating clubs, rather than events. The number of people that can meet at a gathering depends on whether vaccine passes are required and checked or not.
  • Separate guidance is being prepared for events and will be circulated next week. Sport and recreation organisers will need to decide if they operate as a gathering or an event.
  • Capacity limits include children under 12. Children under the age of 12 who cannot be vaccinated are treated as if they have a vaccine pass.
  • A negative Covid-19 test is not a substitute for vaccinations for events or gatherings. If there are unvaccinated people at your event or gathering, you must follow the rules and limits for where vaccine passes are not used.
  • A negative Covid-19 test is not a substitute for vaccinations for events or gatherings under the Covid Protection Framework. If there are unvaccinated people at your event or gathering, then you must follow the rules and limits for where vaccine passes are not used.

  • A gathering organiser, venue or facility will need to decide whether they ask for proof of vaccination. This will have an impact on the size of the gathering.
  • You can cross regional boundaries and move from red to orange, for example, if you have a vaccine pass and/or proof of a negative Covid-19 test. You should abide by the relevant settings for the area you visit – you no longer take your home settings with you.
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