Stuck for Last-Minute Gifts?

Christmas shopping can strike fear into the hearts of even the most hurricane-hardened offshore sailors. So we’re here to make your life a bit easier with our run-down of great gifts for the sailors in your life.

Of course, we were more than a little influenced by our fabulous sponsors while putting this lot together, which means you’ll be giving twice when you buy any of these – firstly to the lucky recipient, and secondly by giving back to the generous companies whose support makes Bay of Islands Sailing Week possible. That’s double the Christmas feel-good for you!

Marine Essentials from CRC

Check out CRC’s huge range of marine products on their website, along with great explainer videos for most products. CRC Marine 66 and LanoCote are essentials on every boat, Salt Terminator is a must for flushing outboards, while Minute Mend is perfect for accidental boat bumps and scrapes.


Custom Flags from North Sails

Did you know Norths make flags and banners too? Kit your beloved boatie out with a customised boat flag – because nothing says “I love you” quite like a Jolly Roger.


Rigging Confidence from Southern Spars

The last thing any sailor wants is rig failure – especially in the middle of a regatta. Give them the gift of confidence this Christmas, and have Southern Spars’ service division RigPro give them a tune-up before Bay Week.


Holiday Reading from Mr Harken Himself

Fun Times in Boats, Blocks, & Business is the story of how the Harken brothers started a business in a rundown garage, then grew Harken Incorporated into the industry leader in performance sailing hardware. Available as an e-book from Amazon.

Give the Gift of Sailing

What do you get the sailor who has everything? How about donating on their behalf to the NZL Yachting Trust – the trust that helps Kiwi sailors achieve their dreams. Choice!

Mount Gay Rum always goes down well

If you want to guarantee that your gift will be appreciated – and definitely won’t be re-gifted – pop into your local bottle-o and pick them up a flagon of Mount Gay’s finest. Check out the full range at Hancock’s.

Top Technical Sailing Gear from Zhik

With a new Zhik store in Auckland’s Victoria Park Markets, it’s easier than ever to shop NZ’s slickest sailing gear brand. Zhik gear is also available from a range of stockists around NZ.

Cover Christmas with PIC

Whatever you get your loved ones for Christmas this year, make sure it’s covered with PIC Insurance Brokers. The 100% Kiwi-owned company cover everything from boats to businesses, and from your house to your health. Support the people who support sailing in NZ, and get a quote from PIC today.