Crew Wanted/Available

Keen on cruising or looking for some cruising crew? Let us know and we will add your details below. Email us a paragraph about yourself including your sailing experience, what kind of sailing you are interested in doing,  and your contact details to: and we will put them up here for you.

If you are keen on racing, check out the Naval Point Club Lyttelton Crew List here.

You can also join the MySail website and list your skills or boat on there.

Scroll right to the bottom to check out some tips for both crew and skippers.


Crew Wanted

Wayne Broekhals


P: 027 671 6772

I have got a trailer yacht and am keen for some casual crew.  Look forward to hearing from you.


Crew Available

David Thorpe
021 124 4801
I’m keen to upskill my sailing, I need more time on the water either as a crew member or on my own boat.
I bought a nice 18 foot trailer sailer about 18 months ago that’s in the compound at Naval Point.
I like to potter about the harbour when the conditions are good, I’m not overly competitive or adventurous but am very responsible and keen to learn.
I sailed as a kid but this summer completed my day skipper course, and have crewed different boats and my own boat (with friends with more knowledge than me!) in the harbour over the last 18 months or so.
If you are keen to come out with me and have a bit of knowledge then we could be a good fit.  I am also up for crewing for anyone, racing or cruising. 
I’m a 49 yr old family man with flexible work hours (so I can often be available) eager to get the young kids onboard one day!
Eddie Moore
P: 027 257 2569
I’ve recently become landlocked after a shore-change (9 years at sea) and would be grateful for the chance to crew, interested in racing, cruising or deliveries.
I have sailed on a variety of different vessels ranging from opti’s to a 120 foot three mast schooner, competent in lines, winches, helming and navigating. Available and keen for Wednesday and Sunday racing! Completed the RYA Ocean yacht master’s and hold a variety of commercial tickets.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Phil Barclay
P: 021 227 5250
I learned to sail on trailer yachts and sailed a fair bit when I lived in Wellington up to about 9 years ago – mostly on 30-foot(ish) keelboats, with some occasional spins on bigger boats, though haven’t sailed since then.
I’m keen to get back into it, and find an enjoyable and regular crew. Longer term, I’d like to buy my own boat.
Andy Frankenschmidt
I am planning on going cruising in a few years time, and so am keen to build experience, learn the ropes and have fun locally.  I have only been out a few times on a friends keeler in Auckland and once down here on an 8 meter trailer yacht of a friends friend.
I’m a pretty fast learner and keen to crew (if someone is happy to take me out without much experience).
Racquelle de Vine
P: 0274311038
A young, keen lass looking to upskill and spend more time on the water now that i’m land based!
Spent 3 years working aboard as crew a 50ft Catamaran that operates as a Oceanographic Research Vessel in the Pacific, however my skill is limited to her and want to branch out to keel boats! I have good sea legs and rope skills, an eagerness to learn and quick on my feet .. plus bake some great cheese muffins!
Look forward to sailing with you!
Adam Jones
I have recently been looking at getting back into sailing. Growing up in Gisborne I spent around 10 years as Sea Cadet where we spent every weekend sailing and racing in the open dinghy class using Sunbursts or the old Cadet Cutters. During this time I also taught Cadets sailing as well as gaining my sailing charge certificate with the Cadet forces. I’ve also been lucky enough to spend time sailing and racing on trailer sailers and bigger yachts upto 45 footers. In saying this its also been a long time since I’ve been sailing and love to to get back into it crewing and learning the ropes again so to speak.

Rachel Malloch
Hi, I’m keen to crew. I’m 51 and have a few experiences sailing on the harbour and estuaries but have never got a skippers license or boat. I am keen on drinking tea and can tie fishing knots.
Craig Armstrong
P: 027 314 6631
Anna Young
P: 021 182 7444
My partner and I are looking for yachts to crew on for the twilight races summer season.
Craig owns a Farr 740 Sport trailer yacht. We did some of the twilight series races 2 years ago. We’ve sailed around the Abel Tasman area, Lyttelton area, Akaroa and crewed for the Lake Aviemore race on a Farr in 2018 also. We’re happy to crew either on keelers or trailer yachts. He’s much more confident than I am and fine to deal with the spinnaker, tiller etc. I’m better on the sheets and mainly need to build confidence. Happy to race on different yachts.

Dave Flemmer
P: 021977815
My family and I have been living in Christchurch for close to 4 years. I love the ocean, surfing, paddling, rowing and generally being on or in the water.
I grew up boating but never really sailed much except on small hobies and windsurfers.  I have a small boat skippers licence (from SA), and would love to get the chance to crew.  I’m outgoing and friendly and like to be part of a group or team.
Mike Stewart
P: 0275271127

I’m looking to upskill and crew.  I have sailed, raced extensively about 20 years ago and really want to get back into sailing.


Tim and Gail Hughes
We are mainly looking for opportunities to get experience on coastal passages, though Tim who is semi-retired  may be able to crew for some races. We have owned, raced and cruised trailer yachts for the last twenty years in lakes and harbours. We have now purchased a 38 ft keeler moored in Whangarei. We have revised the day skipper course and started on the yachtmaster offshore theory course. Gail works Monday to Wednesday so we are most likely available from Thursday to Sunday.

Bernard Park


I’m Choonseog Park and my English name is Bernard. I’m a Korean and came to New Zealand about 5 years ago to Auckland then I moved down in Christchurch two years ago.
I have a bit of experience sailing and sail racing in Korea. most of the seat on a port side or starboard side that I trimmed a jib sail and spinnaker sail on a keelboat. I look forward to coming out sailing this summer.
Megan Loach
I would be very keen to join a crew this season for Wednesday racing and some Saturdays. I’m 25 and moved over here from the Isle of Wight in England a couple years ago. I’m ashamed to say despite growing up in a sailing mecca I haven’t done much sailing other than messing around in dinghies and a YHA competent crew course a long time ago. I’d love to get back on the water and have the opportunity to meet new people over here.
Adam D
Hi, I’m looking to gain some more experience with coastal sailing. I co-own a 22ft Bonito Aquarius (‘Instinct’) that we keep in the CTYS haulout and do quite a bit of sailing around the harbour (and sometimes out of the heads on a calm day) but I’d like to understand more about how to safely navigate coastal waters and ocean swell.
The plan is to head over to the islands in the not-too-distant future, but thought I should get comfortable with our own waters before heading off on a big overseas voyage!
I have my Boatmasters and looking at how I might be able to do the RYA Yachtmasters next.
If someone needs a hand with crew for a coastal delivery run or similar then I’d be very keen to hear more.
I’m in my late 30s, very easy going – curious about most things in life.
Cheers 🙂
Michaela Coleman

P: 02041026729

I am from an outdoor education and community support background, living in Lyttleton, I love walking around the bays and swimming in summer. I have sailed down the Pacific coast of Central America from El Salvador to Costa Rica on 23 foot boat called Medusa and done a crossing from Panama to Tahiti in a 53 foot steel ketch called Karaka. I would like to get out and about on boats as much as possible, where theres a wind, theres a way.


Nathan Prince


4 years of sailing experience. Cruising and racing experience. Couple hundred hours time on water.

Qualifications –

  • Australian dinghy sailing level 1 & 2
  • Level two keel boat with Phil Folter
  • Radio operators certificate
  • Australian and New Zealand skippers tickets

Open to racing and assisting with long cruises both Keel boat and dinghy.

Gustavo S
P: 0274499637
A newbie that moved from Brazil to New Zealand around 1 year and half ago, having as one of the reasons the willing to sail. I did a Laser course in the beginning of 2017 and, during 2017 season, started helping a friend on a Noelex 22 most of the Saturdays. Currently, I’m still helping the friend on the Noelex, but also looking for experiences sailing bigger boats, as well offshore trips. Really wanting to have my own sailboat in the future and every experience counts. I’ll be more than glad to sail and help. 🙂


Eric Devos

Phone: 0226 71 3455 or 329 9966


I am looking to crew for crew for day or evening sailing.
I did a bit of sailing 20 years ago and would like to get back into it. I have been out with a few people lately and it’s been great.
Looking forward hearing from you


Jon Baker

P: 0211163534


I’ve recently completed the Learn2Sail course with Phil Folter and am looking to learn more about sailing and eventually buy my own yacht or trailer sailor. I work for the NZDF in Rolleston and am happy to travel for the chance to learn.
Christopher Thompson
I have only basic crewing experience in Lyttelton harbour and around the peninsula. I go out a couple of times a year with family but am keen to get more experience. Would be keen on day or evening sails (when the days get longer). Cheers!

Mark Trewartha

P: 027 549 7700


Hi.  Would love to join your crew for any and all sailing opportunities.  Experience wise I have fifteen years racing and cruising. Started in Portland Oregon on Merit 25’s and Ranger 20’s with some turns on J’s and Beneteau’s. Did some more in Napier NZ on a Noelex 25 and then cruising while in Florida for a year to the Keys and Bahamas on a Morgan 30 and a few other boats. Since I’ve been in Lyttelton/Christchurch for the last few years, racing on Young 88 and Nolex 22 plus cruising on a 32′ Wright.

Sailing Tips

Before you go sailing Check out our blog post on how to go about choosing your crew or what to look out for before departing on a longer voyage with someone you don’t know very well.

If you are an absolute beginner it is worth having some lessons first. Check out Learn 2 Sail here in Lyttelton or Harbour Sail in Akaroa. Some more tips about getting in to sailing can be found here.

When you head out be sure to take:

  • A life jacket (most boats will have spares, but you are best to get one of your own that fits well and is comfortable for you to wear)
  • Warm clothes that you don’t mind getting wet
  • A warm wet weather jacket (even in summer it can get cold)
  • Non-slip non-marking shoes
  • Sailing gloves
  • A hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • A drink and something to eat (things to share with the rest of the crew is always appreciated and helps get a return invitation!)