Zephyrs are the largest senior class in Canterbury. Our fleet is growing fast, and we now have just over 40 boats in the region as of September 2021, with over 30 expected to sail regularly.
Fleets of 15-20 have been common in events over the past few years, providing intense competition for men and women skippers from their teenage years on, with skippers in their seventies still sailing regularly and competitively. Canterbury is currently the region with the most skippers under thirty, and the fleet has strongly encouraged youth entering the Zephyr class.
The fleet's growth over the past few seasons is exciting, and shows our strength as a class in Canterbury.
The Estuary provides sheltered waters and stable winds; Christchurch, Mount Pleasant and Pleasant Point Yacht Clubs are on the Estuary. NPCL on Lyttelton Harbour, WSPBC on the Waimakariri Rivier, and Banks Peninsula clubs Akaroa Yacht Club and Pigeon Bay Boating Club provide a variation in sailing conditions. There is a good mix of local club events and regular, well-attended provincial ones.
The Zephyr is ideal for local conditions and the well-appointed Yacht Clubs provide a great atmosphere for competitors.