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General Information

Dates of 2018 Symposium Wednesday 2nd - Friday 4th May 2018

The Spencer on Byron Hotel

Takapuna Beach, Auckland, New Zealand

The 2018 World Sailing Development Symposium is organised in partnership with Yachting New Zealand, the World Sailing Member National Authority for New Zealand and OSAF.

Delegate registration details

All information regarding registration can be found in the 'Registration' tab above. All other enquiries should be made to the World Sailing Training and Development department via

Aims and Objectives of the Development Symposium

The first Development Symposium was held in Ireland in 2012. The event was presented as a forum where all Member National Authorities (MNAs) could present and discuss areas of Training and Development and have an input into the overall strategy of World Sailing. Over the years, the Development Symposium has become much, much more. The last 4 events in South Africa, USA, Singapore and Argentina saw the structure of the event broaden into an interactive workshop, oriented around Learning, Sharing Networking and Planning, where by invited speakers and delegates themselves had far more opportunity to shape the program to suit their individual needs.

International delegates at this important event receive presentations from a number of Experts in a variety of sport specific disciplines as well as taking part in break-away sessions where they are encouraged to interact with other delegates, often from other Nations. The Development Symposium directly compliments the work of the Development and Regions Committee, with the report from each event helping World Sailing to gather valuable information on how its work can continue to develop, giving those delegates present from New or Emerging Nations, a much needed chance to have their voices heard.

This years Symposium will take place in the Oceania Region focusing on regional development and working together. Topics will delve into connect to sailing initiatives and involve interactive discussions around different initiatives in the regions. Guest speakers will also be delivering presentations with more details on this to be announced soon.

Videos of previous events can be found on our YouTube channel

Regular updates will also be available during the event via Twitter and Facebook

If you have a query about any aspect the Development Symposium including the proposed programme then please contact the Training and Development department

Accommodation and Travel

The venue for the 2018 World Sailing Development Symposium will be the The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna Beach, Auckland, New Zealand. Any other water based activities will take place nearby, within walking distance.

Event accommodation -

The Spencer on Byron Hotel


Book via email: Email referencing 'World Sailing Development Symposium'

Price: $245 NZD including Breakfast and Wifi per night.

Prices with taxes included.

Rates quoted in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).

GST & Tax included.

Please contact the hotel directly for other room options.

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Additional Options for local Accommodation:

Takapuna International Motor Lodge

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Price: from $150 NZD per night

Distance from Venue: 900m - 12 minute walk

Emerald Inn

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Price: from $220 NZD per night

Distance from Venue: 1km - 15 minute walk

Takapuna Motor Lodge

Price: from $149 NZD per night

Distance from Venue: 1.3km - 17 minute walk

Nearest Airport:

The closest international Airport is Auckland Airport. The hotel is 35km from the airport and there are different transfer services available.

Take the SkyBus from the airport directly into Auckland City Centre. Get off at Queen Street (Stop 7053). Then you'll have to catch a bus from Wellesley St West outside The Civic

to 7 Burns Ave (Bus number 858, 875 or 879). The Hotel is a short 3 minute walk from this bus stop.

The Sky Bus costs NZ$16 (one way) and NZ$28 (return) to Queen Street and the number 875 will cost you NZ$4.50.

Or you can take a taxi to directly to the hotel. There a several companies available, please check for different options. Uber also offer good rates for travel in Auckland.

Direct taxis will take between 35 minutes - 1hour depending on local traffic

World Sailing Development Symposium Schedule

The World Sailing Development Symposium will be held at the one venue with a practical session held nearby

During the event World Sailing will provide tea and coffee breaks throughout the day along with lunch.

Please find below the provisional agenda for the event, with the key themes for each day.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 - Participation vs Performance Sailing

Thursday 3rd May 2018 - Funding & Connecting people with Sailing

Friday 4th May 2018 - Preparing to Race

Click here to view the full agenda.


Presentations from the 2018 World Sailing Development Symposium will be available to access after the event.

World Sailing Development Symposium Presentations


You will find a full report of each World Sailing Development Symposium below:


Please register online via

We are trialling a new online registration system. Registering in this way captures all relevant details and removes the need to send across forms. We will however require MNA approval for each online application made, World Sailing will contact the MNA's to receive this confirmation and then approve a delegate's registration.

Should you have any problems registering in this way, please email the Training and Development department.

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