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Great Escapes opening in Gulf Harbour

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Published 11:44 on 9 Oct 2023

A new sailing education programme is coming to Gulf Harbour and Gulf Harbour Yacht Club (GHYC) Commodore, Phil Shaw, is excited about the prospect of sharing the club's love for sailing with newcomers to the pastime.

Gulf Harbour will be home to a new branch of Great Escape Sailing, a Bay of Islands-based business with more than 30 years' experience helping people learn and develop skills for keelboat sailing. Two Noelex 25s are being completely refitted to meet Maritime NZ standards. Phil describes the boats as "forgiving, well balanced and fun to sail".

Launching in November from Fairway Bay, the branch aims to develop competent sailors looking to learn how to cruise safely and with respect for the marine environment. Yachting New Zealand keelboat qualifications are on offer, and an additional benefit for participants will be the opportunity to become members of GHYC.

Phil is confident the venture will soar, here "at the centre of the most beautiful cruising grounds in New Zealand"."This is not racing," Phil says. "They'll be practicing things like man overboard, how to anchor, how to be safe, and basic navigation."

The learn-to-sail boats will also be available for charter, for those wanting to hone their new skills without having to own a yacht.

For further information and bookings contact Great Escape or check out the website for more details.

Business Directory: Great Escape Sailing Gulf Harbour

Last updated 13:56 on 18 June 2024

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