Welcome to the Young 88 - 

One Design Does it All

The success of the Young 88 keel boat is down to Jim Young's fantastic design offering a fast and safe racer / cruiser coupled with Roger Land's innovative boat building and marketing.

Over 150 boats have been built since the 80s with active racing fleets in many Australian and New Zealand sailing centres.  

A strong owners' association perpetuates this success, managing an annual program of racing and social events and a tightly controlled set of one design rules. This keeps the boats on the same playing field, affordable fun and safe. 

If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors and life on the water join the Young 88 family today

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Y88 Auckland BBYC/RNZYS Combined W/L Winter Series
Sat 06 Jul 2024 12:00 — Sat 03 Aug 2024 17:00
Vicinity Northern Leading
Combined BBYC and RNZYS windward leeward race days to create a series that works in a venue that is approx. half way between both fleets. Dates and viability to be confirmed
Y88s @ SSANZ Triple Series
Sat 13 Jul 2024 09:00 — Sat 07 Sep 2024 18:00
Hauraki Gulf
The 2 Handed Lewmar Triple Series is great fun and extremely popular. We can't wait to see you join us on the water in this popular event run by the Short-Handed Sailing Assocation of New Zealand!
Y88s @ Coastal Classic
Fri 25 Oct 2024 09:30 — Sat 26 Oct 2024 09:00
Coastal Classic - BOI
This challenging coastal race is one of the biggest of its type in the world, and it's long marked the opening of the summer sailing season
TBC North Sails Young 88 Northern Owners Champs
Sun 10 Nov 2024 09:00 — 17:00
Vicinity Northern Leading
The ultimate owner driver competition - no calling in the rockstar helmsman here - each boat must be driven by an owner.  Features typically very tight racing ... NB Weather reserve day Saturday 9th
Y88s @ Bay of Islands Sailing Week
Mon 20 Jan 2025 11:00 — Fri 24 Jan 2025 18:00
Bay of Islands
This is the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand, and one of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier yachting events. The 88 division has a well-earned reputation for sailing and partying hard.
TBC Young 88 Auckland Champs
Sun 16 Feb 2025 10:00 — 17:30
Young 88 Owners Assocation
This should be an awesome one day regatta at the height of "summer" and sea breezes.  It is also great practice for the Nationals
TBC North Sails Young 88 Southern Champs
Sat 01 Mar 2025 10:00 — Sun 02 Mar 2025 17:00
Naval Point Club Lyttelton
Who wants the bragging rights to be "The Boss" of the Mainland? This is the event for you.
Harken Young 88 Nationals @ BBYC
Sat 22 Mar 2025 18:00 — Sun 23 Mar 2025 20:00
Young 88 Owners Assocation
The National Championships decide the fastest boat and crew in New Zealand. Prizes will be awarded for line, handicap, 1st Corinthian (no pros) crew, 1st mixed crew and a few fun awards. No matter where you are in the fleet there is always someone to race
Record Young 88 fleet for the first of the SSANZ Lewmar Triple Series races. 17 Young 88s competed in the first Lewmar Triple Series race yesterday. .... · Read more
Harry Thurston and crew showed their talent once again last weekend. They faced varied conditions ranging from 20 to 25 knots on the first day where skill, weight and hard hiking was vital to 0 to 10 knots on the second day. · Read more
The national Young 88 fleet has awoken from a long covid slumber and is shaking it off with some very successful summer events in the run up to the 2024 Harken Young 88 Nationals..... · Read more
Reminder email to competitors with handy links and info .... · Read more
Congratulations to North Sails Young 88 Southern Champs winner Outragous helmed by Harry Thurston. · Read more
The fleets are regrouping after what looked like successful summer sojourns. Now it gets real with the build up to the marquee regattas in the North and South. A couple of requests..... · Read more
Bay of Islands Sailing Week you rock! Competitive fun sailing. Great parties especially the cocktail competition. Congrats to the Kwaussies on Jamiroquai for that win. Harry Thurston took out line honours with an almost perfect score, · Read more
This is not your typical 88 Regatta……  more emphasis on fun and parties less on protests and agro punishable by a keel haul!. ...... · Read more