How do I do the radio and sat phone checks with Maritime Radio ?

First  call on Maritime Radio on 04 04 5505 280, say you are going to call on VHF and  Sat phone, and give them your email address.

Call Maritime Radio on VHF, SSB and or Satphone

Once you have spoken to them they will email you, save it and put it in Top Yacht at Sat Phone cert.

Here is an example from Truxton from Gisborne 

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Tony Graham <>
To: “‘skins@‘”
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 23:30:10 +0000
Subject: Radio tests with Truxton/ZMW3006


Confirming radio test with vessel Truxton/ZMW3006 located in Islington Bay,

at 141215 nzdt Nov 15 with Taupo Maritime Radio/ZLM on 4125 and 4146 kHz,

and another test via VHF to Auckland Maritime Radio on CH16.

The call on 4125 kHz was weak to medium, 4146 kHz was medium, and loud and clear on CH16.

Although I say weak to medium on 4125, considering it was the middle of the day from

a confined location, i.e. shielded by land from Rangitoto and Motutapu Island, this was quite

a good result.


Tony Graham

Senior Radio Operator

DDI. +6445505280 | M. +64275284479



What is needed for the documentation for the qualification voyage?

As per NOR

3.7 Each entered boat must have completed a qualifying race or cruise of not less than 250 nm on open water with the prospective skipper in charge.

Evidence can be:
Results from a yacht race you have completed – for example the 2014 Round North Island
Or a description of the journey

Between XX and XX the vessel XX completed a 250 nm passage with XX as the skipper. The course sailed was ( for example   Auckland to Mardsen Cove as part of the Route 66 race, (then after dropping crew  at marsden cove – or whatever), we continued immediately to XX, returning to Auckland XX time).

PLUS a log of the trip, which could be a GPS log or the course plotted on a chart.

Where do I get the first aid kit from?

Nick Thorpe

+64 21 208 6814

Remember to ask for your discount!



Competitors – check your passports now!

For entry into Fiji, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended leaving date.

More information about immigration and Customs requirements for New Zealand and Fiji will be sent out soon.

Understanding the First Aid requirements

First Aid supplies 

Yachting New Zealand Safety and Technical Officer Angus Willison announced in January 2016 that the requirements for first aid supplies require will be changing in the new safety regulations. Yachts racing in Sail Fiji can have first aid kits with the contents as detailed in Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations Appendix 1 Medical Stores, or that specified in the article below.

First Aid training 

The ANZ Sail Fiji NOR clause 3.9 requires each boat to have two (2) advanced first aiders (see below).  This update provides additional information from the relevant safety regulations on the courses that qualify for this status.

ANZ Sail Fiji NOR 3.9

 At least two (2) crew members on a boat shall hold a current NZ Coastguard Offshore Medic or

Australian Senior First Aid Certificate or equivalent qualification, or be a practicing medical practitioner (with current evidence).

New Zealand Accepted Qualifications
All  competing yachts who gain YNZ Cat 1 are required to have at least one person on board with ability to use the equipment in the Cat 1 first aid kit. These advanced  first aiders commonly are medical practitioners OR have the NZ Coastguard Offshore Medic qualification or have equivalent training.

Below is an exert of the Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations Appendix 1 Medical Stores.

“For CATEGORY 1, an extensive medical kit is needed. Depending on length of time away, destination and size of the crew, there may be a need for quantities to be increased. Any crew member’s special medical needs should be addressed to by their own doctor well before the trip.

All crew should have a medical and dental check before they leave.

Two crew members should have a current first aid certificate and a minimum of one crew member (suggested 2 crew members) should have an advanced first aid certificate or special training, covering the safe use of medications and treatments required for offshore sailing e.g. The Coastguard Offshore Medic Course.”

So for Cat 1 there should be one (1) offshore medic or medical practitioner. In the NOR we has asked that there be two (2).

Australian Accepted Qualifications

The Australian qualification nominated by Yachting Australia for vessels with Cat 1 is the Senior First Aid (Apply First Aid) certificate, with additional training injectables as stated in the exert from the Yachting Australia Special Regulations section 4.07.6 – below.

YA Special Regulations 4.07.6

Shall hold a current Senior First Aid (Apply First Aid) Certificate or equivalent, or be a practising medical
practitioner. Each of these crew members shall also have undertaken the training required by SR 6.01. It is strongly recommended that if injectable items are to be carried, that the members of the crew trained in first aid have additional training in the use of injectables.

The current course number for the Senior First Aid course is HLTAID003 Provide First Aid.

A yacht may have a combination of NZ and Australian qualifications.

I’m an international boat. Do I still need Yachting New Zealand Category 1 to be eligible for ANZ Sail Fiji?


Yes. Even though your are registered in another country (outside NZL), you are required to have a current Yachting New Zealand Category 1 certificate. YNZ approved the NOR which included a requirement for all yachts to have a current certificate. This inspection along with the certificate must be completed no earlier than 30 days prior to the start of the race. A foreign registered vessel does not need a Maritime New Zealand Safety Inspection Certificate Number 12409.