Our Yacht MANAIA is a New Zealand designed Farr 1020, a 34ft vessel with proven capability as a cruiser/racer and maintained to the highest standard. Manaia is the ideal size and design to be relevent to most sailors typical learning needs and own boat useage, whether it be bareboat chartering, sailing your own boat or crewing for friends. Manaia is perfect for new and experienced sailors alike to improve their skills.
The accomodation is roomy and comfortable with excellent navigational systems and creature comforts on board, such as a chartplotter, modern sails and engine, hot and cold pressurised water, fridge and freezer etc.
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's famous for its sunshine hours and is such a stunning place to sail.