Our Yacht MANAIA is a New Zealand designed Farr 1020, a 34ft vessel with proven capability as a racer/cruiser. She holds a full Maritime Safety Survey for charter vessels and is superbly maintained with a full set of the finest quality sails and rigging. Under the ownership of John Moore, Manaia has been refitted to the highest standard as a purpose platform for either sail training or relaxing charter. With tiller steering she is a manageable challenge for beginners to helm but has sufficient complexity in sailing systems to offer new challenges for experienced sailors.
Skippers & Sailing Instructors
Sail Nelson is owned by Chris and Katy Roff, who sailed to New Zealand from the UK, arriving in 2004, aboard their 34ft yacht "Whistler". Chris started sailing as a young child and first sailed offshore age 15. Since then he's clocked up many thousands more sea miles and sailed, worked and instructed in many of the worlds most challenging and remote locations.
Sail Nelson employs experienced RYA qualified sailing instructors from around the globe.
All our instructors have proven sailing ability, with thousands of sea miles under their belts. They have excellent tuition skills, a good sense of humour and are pretty efficient in the galley too!
They all love being onboard in Nelson as it is famous for its sunshine hours and is such a stunning place to sail.