Join us on Facebook Photo Gallery

Stuart Pedersen

It is with great regret the Trustees of BOPSAT report the loss of our Chairman, Stuart Pedersen, following a boating incident off the Northland coast on Monday 14th October 2019. Stuart was sailing his yacht Essence back from Fiji when they got into difficulty in heavy seas 20nm from Cape Brett. Three other crew members including Stuart’s wife Pamela survived

BOPSAT acknowledge the outstanding work of the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter in the rescue mission.

Stuart has been the driving force behind the trust for a number of years. In addition to the day to day operation, Stuart and Pamela provided significant funding to the BOPSAT Endowment Fund to secure an income stream for the trust into the future.

Stuart had a great love for the sport of sailing and a great desire to allow others, especially children, to also experience the joy of sailing, irrespective of ability or means.

He will be sorely missed by BOPSAT and the community at large.

BOPSAT Trustees
18 October 2019

Why sailing?
We reckon it’s an awesome sport and we Kiwis are not only very good at it, we live in a place where it is - or should be - accessible to everyone.  Living in the Bay, there's always a fabulous harbour or lake nearby, and a sailing breeze to play in.
So where does the Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy Trust come in?

 Our Mission:

“To provide the opportunity for youth
to experience the sport of sailing,
irrespective of means or ability,
and to create pathways and strategies
to engage them in the sport for a lifetime”
Roy Walmsley, founder
We achieve this in two ways: through making sailing gear available at a low cost to groups and individuals, and through various carefully targeted support programmes for sailors – check out the green tabs above.
Sailing brings out fantastic qualities in young people, maybe more than any other sport:
Self reliance
Learning to look after things
Planning and preparation
Respect for others
Respect for the marine environment
Once you can sail, a world of possibilities opens up.  Whether it is at the Olympics, Americas Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, the many other competitions worldwide, or recreational sailing around our beautiful coastline, lakes or extended cruising offshore, we’ve got more world class sailors than you can shake a tiller at!  Maybe you’d like to be one of them?
Keen to give sailing a try?  
The best and safest way for kids (and adults) to learn to sail is through a school holiday, weekend or after school course, using suitable gear and run by a qualified coach at a yacht club.  Get in touch with your local club:     
Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club 
Rotorua Yacht Club 
Port Ohope Yacht Club
or try Yachting New Zealand