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Nelson Yacht Club welcomes new members throughout the year. All new membership applications are provisional until approved by the Administration Committee.

The membership year runs 1st September – 31st August, with the sailing season October to April inclusive. A discounted rate can be applied for memberships taken up after 1st February.


As a member of New Zealand’s oldest yacht club, you become a stakeholder in the facilities – the club owns all the buildings, on land leased from Nelson City Council. Much of this land was actually reclaimed by club members’ hard work. There is a great history of the club called “Sailors of 41 degrees South” written by Tracy Neal for the club’s 150th anniversary in 2007.

As well as access to the facilities there are a number of other benefits to being a member:

  • Eligible to participate in club racing programmes and social events.
  • Members pricing on Sailing School activities (Sailing, Windsurfing, Wingfoiling, SUP)
  • 5% Members discount off RRP at the club shop for clothing, equipment & accessories.
  • Discounted rates on hire of the Aurora Lounge.
  • Able to sign in visitors for the Penguin’s Nest bar.

You also gain access to the benefits provided by Yachting New Zealand through the digital members card and App. It takes a wee while for the admin processes to flow through, but you should receive an email from YNZ within a month or two with details on how to access the App and members benefits.


Membership is of course not just a one-way thing, and we love members to contribute where they can; whether this be on the water, in the Penguin’s Nest, or putting their professional expertise to use in some other area. Check out more info here: Volunteering

Subscriptions – all rates include GST

Type NYC Sub YNZ Legal Total
Senior $155.44 $33.81 $5.75 $195
Family – up to 2 people $205.63 $67.62 $5.75 $279
Family – 3 or more $209.41 $83.84 $5.75 $299
Youth (under 18) $67.44 $33.81 $5.75 $107
Associate $45.44 $33.81 $5.75 $85
Affiliate $35 $35