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Welcome to CYA

We promote Canterbury yachting and represent the interests of all the yacht clubs and class associations in the area.

canterbury yachting scene

The city of Christchurch is perfectly located for sailing.

Based on the East Coast of the South Island, with a large river in the North, an estuary close to the centre of town, the beautiful harbour and Port of Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula which is a great place for cruising.

The prevailing Easterly sea breeze provides the clubs with an almost guaranteed wind source on summer days.

Clubs run all sorts of activities from learn to sail courses, racing, coaching, regattas, cruising and social activities.

Some clubs cater just for dinghies or smaller trailer yachts, and power boats, and others include all of those and larger keel boats as well.

The sailing season runs September to April.

Some clubs having a winter series through until June. Then there is a couple of months off before it starts all over again!

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