Murrays Bay Sailing Club Head Coach – Optimist Class

Expressions of interest sought

Murrays Bay Sailing Club (MBSC) aims to provide young sailors with the best possible environment and opportunity to sail fast and achieve excellence in the sport of centreboard sailing. 

To achieve this, MBSC is looking to employ a high performing Head coach for the club’s International Optimist class programme for the 2021 / 2022 season, and possibly beyond for the right candidate.  The Head Optimist coach, with the support from their coaching team, will be focused on developing all of our sailors through all of our Optimist fleets helping them reach their potential both domestically and onto international regattas. The Head Optimist coach will be expected to work with multiple stakeholders to help MBSC continue the tradition of excellence nationally and internationally.

In the 2020 / 2021 season MBSC had the privilege of working with over 60 young sailors across all of our Optimist fleets. We would welcome the opportunity for our new Head Optimist coach to bring fresh ideas and new thinking to how best we could structure our fleets and coaching sessions to deliver the best possible environment for our sailors to succeed utilising the resources available. 

The Head Optimist coach reports to the MBSC Sailing Committee and will have support from the MBSC Club Manager and the Optimist class fleet reps. It is anticipated that the role will require a commitment of approximately 15-20 hours per week on average across the season.

MBSC is located on the North Shore of Auckland at Murrays Bay beach, and runs programs in centreboard sailing, from Learn to Sail in club optimists up to internationally recognised youth classes, as well as adult sailing. MBSC has sailing in a wide range of classes such as Optimist, P Class, Starling, RS Feva, Laser, 29er and 420.

Candidates are invited to submit resumes with a cover letter describing how the candidate meets criteria described herein.

The position requires fulfilment by 1 September 2021, with the possibility of coaching a more part time winter program starting 1 June 2021.


No formal tertiary education is required.  If you are currently studying and have exams it will be important to incorporate a plan around these in relation to performance and regattas to the satisfaction of the club.

Experience and Skills required

  1. Experience managing sailing club training and racing programs. Experience in effectively managing relationships with internal stakeholders (sailors and parents, Optimist class fleet reps, committee members, coaches) and external stakeholders (community associations, community members, sponsors, NZIODA and YNZ).
  1. Experience providing strategic advice to Committees / parents / community on all matters related to the sport of sailing.
  1. Recent and significant experience in managing an athletic program for sailing excellence with speciality in youth sailing development including internationally recognized classes, and of course the International Optimist.
  1. Experience and a track record in a sports management role running a full program and responsibility with numerous sailors, coaches and parents. 
  1. Minimum 3 years total full time coaching experience.
  1. An individual resume of competitive sailing results at national and international levels.
  1. A resume indicating coaching experience at national and international levels, showing a history of coaching both in New Zealand and abroad, including consistent high levels of performance at major regattas in NZ and abroad.
  1. Must NOT be currently campaigning towards, or have immediate plans to campaign towards Olympic or America’s Cup sailing and be available for the entire season employed to be able to provide consistency of coaching.
  1. A history of mentoring junior instructors and coaches.
  1. Ability to lead sailing camps both onsite and offsite and be able to organise all aspects of a sailing camp.
  1. Able to use video and other technology efficiently to deliver learning.
  1. Well organised with individual sailing tailored to individual sailors.
  1. Well organised with goal setting and full spectrum delivery of fitness, nutrition, strategy, tactics, wellbeing, speed, boat handling (including specifically high performing Optimist knowledge), starting, venue analysis, hardware of boats, sail design, sail and boat set up, teamwork and team racing, psychology and rules and sportsmanship.
  1. Able to build rapport with the athletes and parents.


  1. YNZ Senior Sailing Instructor/Coach Certification or similar,
  2. Valid first aid certificate
  3. VHF/Restricted radio operator’s certificate
  4. Vast experience from first time racing to world championship level regatta management
  5. Ministry of Justice – Police checked
  6. Safe sport training for athletes aged 8-15.

Remuneration and Package

Market rate, commensurate with experience, accommodation also a possibility.

Closing date for applications is 21 May 2021.

Applications with a cover letter and CV are to be emailed to Philip Elworthy