Who We Are
The Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy Trust, or BoPSAT for short, was established in 2004 by a group of passionate people who wanted to give sailing a real boost in the Bay of Plenty. Leading this group was Mr Roy Walmsley, whose drive over the first decade largely brought that vision to life. We are a registered charitable trust and our main base is at the Bay of Plenty Sailing Centre at Sulphur Point, Tauranga.
Whilst the Centre is also the home of a number of other sailing organisations including the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, and whilst most trustees have historically been TYPBC members, BoPSAT is independent of the club and operates according to its own trust deed and goals. We continue to work closely with TYPBC, Port Ohope Yacht Club and Rotorua Yacht Club.
BoPSAT currently owns 41 boats and boards. We also have lifejackets, spray jackets and wetsuits, and three road trailers.
Patron: Peter Burling
World Sailor of the Year, Olympic Gold and Silver medallist, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper: this popular Tauranga sailing legend needs no introduction. Peter was part of one of the first school teams to use our 420s for training and racing, before competing in a 470 at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 aged just 17. We like to think that his team sailing experience helped set him up for Americas Cup match racing! The Burling family are great supporters of BoPSAT and we are delighted that Pete agreed to become our patron in 2015.