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'Help us restore Lion New Zealand and keep her sailing

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  Auckland Programmes Youth Marine

Thanks to the generous Grants and Donations made to date we are over the halfway mark with our funding goal of $1.1m for this project. Progress on the restoration is going well. However we still need to keep the moment going.

The New Zealand Sailing Trust has provided youth sailing experiences for some 8000 young kiwis on the Trusts historic Whitbread sailing vessels Steinlager 2 and Lion New Zealand. Last year 1237 students completed multiday Youth Development Sailing Programmes with a focus on Personal Development, Leadership and Teamwork.

Lion New Zealand has delivered the majority of these journeys. Maintaining a safe and functional platform aboard our yachts is critical. Lion New Zealand has covered in excess of 200,000 nautical miles while under the Trusts ownership.

At 32 years old, a significant restoration and refit is essential for her to be able to continue the delivery of our programmes while complying with insurance requirements and maintaining our Maritime Transport Operator Certificate.

Scope of the Refit includes but not limited to:

- Replacement mast and rigging

- New keel

- New paint work including the hull, deck and interior

- New Antifoul

Modifications to the interior with new:



-Electrical, lighting and navigation systems

-Plumbing and ablutions

New Engineering System's including:

-Propeller Shaft



About us

The NZ Sailing Trust’s mission and goals are to:

- To use Sir Peter Blakes historic sailing vessels to provide experiences for young New Zealanders that bring to life the values of leadership, courage and teamwork

- To help ensure the future of New Zealand’s maritime industry through providing opportunities to young New Zealand sailors.

- Preserve the legacy of the significant sailing vessels of Sir Peter Blake and his teams


For many students sailing and living on board is a completely new expereince, it takes them out of their comfort zone presenting opportunities for learning. The NZ Sailing Trust works alongside schools and charities to determine particular areas of learning to focus on for their students, from there, the style of sailing the vessel and activities on board are selected. Some 8000 young kiwi’s have now benefited from our youth programmes and sailing experiences.

Steinlager 2 and Lion NZ are unique platforms that are utilised to deliver these programmes. Learning to navigate, sail, cook and live on a maxi yacht leaves each student, at the end of their journey,with a great sense of achievement.

The maritime environment is one of New Zealand’s greatest treasures, which many of our young people have not experienced, being able to sail on and be a part of this environment instils a greater appreciation of the need to protect our marine environment.

Use of funds

At a cost of circa $1.1m the Trust is in need of support from Corporates, Business and Individuals to help fund the cost of this refit. The New Zealand Sailing Trust is appealing to all New Zealanders to help us with this refit and would appreciate your consideration toward a donation. The refit will be completed at Yachting Developments Ltd in Auckland.

We would welcome any questions or further discussion.

Donations are Tax Deductible.

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Lion in the Shed  26 July 2017

Sitting snug at her home for the next few months.

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Latest donations

  • Stu Farquhar

    Stu Farquhar on 13 Oct 2017


    Good Luck and Great Sailing


  • heapson!

    heapson! on 12 Sep 2017



  • Castaway

    Castaway on 30 Aug 2017


    Rock on. What a solid ship.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 20 Aug 2017



  • Linda Berry

    Linda Berry on 11 Aug 2017


    Wish I could afford more. Great organisation.


    • NZ Sailing Trust

      That's awesome Linda. Thanks Heaps.

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