Hi Everyone. We're taking a winter break from May 1st 2014, until October 15th 2014. Manutara is coming out of the water for Winter maintenance. We are still taking bookings, but the Freecall 0800 number may not work. Best to book online. To contact me, please send an email: info@aclasssailing.co.nz. Have a great winter, and stay safe everyone. Thanks for your continued support. Capt. Ray.

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Come sailing in Akaroa. The Spring is here, the Weather's Warm, the Wind is Fair, and the Wildlife is Waiting. Join Cptain Ray on Board for the only REAL SAILING adventure in Akaroa. Still only NZ$75pp (Children under 12 $37.50) Check Availability or Book NOW - Just Click the Button of choice on the right. Ahoy! (PS Check out the Video below...)

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Welcome to 'A-Class' Sailing Akaroa, Wildlife Sailing Cruises. Step aboard Manutara. A 47-foot, beautifully maintained RARE classic ‘Ocean Sailing Yacht’. Original 1946 vintage. One of the last ‘A-Class’ Keelers to be built. Indulge yourselves on this 2½ hour UNIQUE, exciting, unforgettable Akaroa Harbour Cruise. Suitable for all levels of fitness. No previous sailing experience necessary. The Ultimate Akaroa Water Activity or Harbour and Wildlife Cruise. Sail the Classic Yacht Manutara, on our Akaroa Harbour & Wildlife Cruise. Rated the best activity in Akaroa New Zealand 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014! on Trip Advisor. It's the Best of things to do in Akaroa NZ.


Manutara on the wind


Hear Shags fly by


Akaroa, Riviera of Canterbury


White Flippered Penguin


Actual Passenger Photo


Anyone can do it!
The Ultimate Harbour Cruise and Wildlife Sailing Experience in New Zealand. Get your FREE Sailing Handbook NOW. A-Class Sailing Akaroa NZ

Our 47 foot Classic Ocean Sailing Yacht, Manutara, is one of the last A-Class keelers built, yet she has the latest electronics and navigation equipment. Just look at how she's built above. Kauri Planks, Hardwood ribs at 9" centres, 75x50 stringers the length of the boat.


I'm Capt. Ray. Put yourself in this picture. Join us on the only Environmentally Sustainable and Exciting Harbour Cruise around Akaroa Harbour where we Sail from Start to Finish (weather permitting).

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Enjoy this one-on-one classic sailing and wildlife experience yourself. If you love Hectors Dolphins, Or Little Blue Penguins do something to protect them. Sail with us. Dolphins love the quiet too!

Experience this truly Classic sensory personal Sailing Cruise. It's safe, sensational and not too difficult skippered yacht charter. Your personal Skipper; Ray, will delight and entertain you while you enjoy a hands-on sail experience.

   
Hector's Dolphins alongside Manutara

You’ll be in ‘Wild’' Company
Look out for the rare Hector’s dolphins (the world’s smallest) or spot the white flippered penguins bobbing across the waves. See Akaroa wildlife up close.

Most often you’ll be surprised to hear penguins calling to each other and dolphins breathing BEFORE you see them! Sea life is drawn to play in the pressure wave created by the unique shape of Manutara’s hull, and the silence as she glides through the water under sail alone. Enjoy an encounter with wildlife, on their terms, without disrupting their environment.

You'll thrill to be in control on the helm, when the wind pipes up and the leeward rail's in the water with the bow wave hissing in front. This cruise suits people of all experiences and abilities. Don't want to get involved? No worries! Just relax in the 'Royal Seats' and watch.
You Love the Sea, You Love the Sea Life, You Love Adventure!
In what better way could you indulge yourself than aboard this Unique and ‘Classic’ Ocean Sailing Yacht. “Welcome Aboard Manutara and ‘A-Class’ Sailing for an Exciting and Unforgettable ‘Personal Adventure’ around Beautiful Akaroa Harbour.” Sail at Akaroa, It truly a REAL Sailing experience. Our Harbour Cruises are Eco Cruises, Wildlife Cruise, Sailing and Wildlife Experience.
"ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC !!!! From the moment I booked our sailing trip on-line to finishing the sail around beautiful Akaroa Bay, everthing was fantastic. Ray (the Skipper) and his wife, couldn't have offered any higher level of service. It shows when someone loves what they do and is passionate about it - Ray is one of those guys. His superbly maintained boat and the fact that gets everyone involved in the moment, makes the day. I've travelled around the world many times but this was one of the best days I've been one. I'll definately be back for another sail. Congratulations to you and your wife. Regards, Adam Watson, Sydney Australia" (Sailed 4th October 2009)

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Activities in Akaroa NZ- Akaroa Sail Experience - Hector Dolphins - Dolphins at Akaroa NZ - Akaroa NZ Activities

The Thrill and Excitement
Focussed on your Safety
Enjoy Helm Control
Environmentally Responsible
Enjoy your New Zealand Cruise

Be a part of Nature
Savour the happy Memories
We're Quiet - No Motor
We're Clean - No Diesel
Luxury Crewed Yacht Charter

 See Wildlife up close
Take plenty of Photographs
A True Classic - Kauri Yacht

 
Ropes are coiled in traditional style

 
Pulleys are original, genuine 50 year old bronze castings

 
Reliable, modern electronic systems are installed on SV Manutara

 
Hector Dolphins just LOVE our classic hull shape and quiet! You'll see.

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