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Jack Tar Sailing - Oyster

Port - Lyttleton, Christchurch

Oyster was built in 1903 by Baileys boat builders in Auckland for a Nelson client. She sailed to Christchurch in 1998 where Mike Rossouw of Jack Tar Sailing Company put her in to survey for classic boat sailing trips on beautiful Lyttleton Harbour.
With her centenary coming up in 2003, Oyster is the oldest charter sailing vessel in New Zealand. For the wooden boat enthusiast she provides a living insight into New Zealand's heritage of fast, innovative sailboats that have brought kiwi boat designers and builders world recognition. Guests whose experience has been in sailing fibreglass sloops delight in figuring out and trimming Oyster's gaff/cutter/yawl rig. Mike Rossouw is also a
Level Three YNZ Seamanship Instructor and can teach, Learn To Sail Level 1 & 2 .,Crew A Boat.,Saftey Preparations for sailing a keel boat. Plus the full range of Coastguard Boating Education courses.
MarineTransport Association Member

Boat Specs

Guest Day Trips: 6
Guest Overnight: 4
Length: 10.0m
Cruising Speed: 6.0kn


Sailing Instructor
Skippered Daytrips
Sailing Instructor

New Zealand

Christchurch, Lyttleton, Banks Peninsula, Akaroa, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand


Whole boat charter rates (1-6 pax)
Half day $299
Full Day $599
Romantic Evening Sail $250
  • Built 1903 by Chas Bailey
  • Cutter rigged gaff yawl
  • Pohutukawa & kauri construction
  • Sol� 10hp diesel
  • Wheel steering
  • Tea and coffee provided
  • Fishing gear avaiable
  • Classic sailing at its best
  • Bird watching cruises
  • Visit Quail, Ripapa and King Billy Island
  • Toilet and galley
  • VHF radio & all safety gear
  • Oldest charter yacht in NZ

Cabin Layout

Cabin 0:  1 double berth Cabin 1: 2 single berth