Our trustees come from varied backgrounds and are all involved in sailing and boating in Northland.


Why Was The Trust Formed?

To date training and coaching in Northland has been almost solely dependant on the ebb and flow of enthusiastic parents and keen sailors through clubs.  Sail Northland Charitable Trust aims to provide a professional management and coaching structure that is supported by volunteers but not solely dependant on them.  This will take out the peaks and troughs experienced by many clubs and provide a sustainable future and growth for the sport in Northland. 

Sailing teaches young people about water safety in a natural and fun way, this is another reason SNCT was created. The water safety message is shared more widely as participation in the sports grows. 

Sailing in New Zealand is incredibly successful at the highest level but is widely perceived as being only for the wealthy demographic within society. Sail Northland Charity Trust aims to provide a pathway into sailing regardless of age, background or experience so more people can benefit.

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Angela Smith

Angela is a local architectural designer, She has been sailing al her life. When her oldest son joined the Whangarei Boy High School sailing team she became involved with managing the team. She spends as much time as possible with her family cruising the Northland coast on her yacht.


Grant Crombie


Grant has been around boats from a young age. He has been involved with youth sailing for a number of years and represents Marsden Point Boat Club on the trust.

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Michael Sherwood

Michael is the company director of a sporting clothing business. He is the Vice Commodore of Onerahi Yacht Club. Michael has club and off shore racing experience.

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Tom Peyton

Heather Rye

Alan Clarkson

Tom is a teacher at Whangarei Intermediate School. He has over 20 years racing experience all over the world, and recently competed in the Sydney to Hobart Race.

Heather is new to sailing and advises the trust in financial matters.

Heather is a passionate beekeeper and loves to run marathons.


Alan is a retired veterinary practice and farm owner. He has fifty years of club racing and offshore sailing experience. His five children have been involved with team centreboard and family cruising.

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Sarah Ihaka

Sarah joined our team in 2020 after Managing the Whangarei Girls's High School team which her daughter was a member of, taking on the role as Secretary and soon after co-opted on to managing the trust's booking and administration needs.  She has 3 children (and 2 grandchildren).  Sarah also attended one of the early Adult Learn to Sail Courses with the trust and helps co-ordinator Tuesday trailer sailing.