Carino Sailing Team

We are a small local family run business, operating since 1995.

We have been in boats for over 50 years and love sharing the fun and enjoyment with  guests, friends and family.

Our crew are both local and international travelers, who are excited to show you the Bay.


My office

Your skipper Vanessa McKay has over 50 000 Ocean miles of sailing experience. From the South Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea.

I grew up on the seas around New Zealand and the oceans of the South pacific. I was very lucky to have parents who took my brother and I on a south seas sailing adventure. We spent over two years exploring the marine environment. Sometimes I think I was a fish!

A qualified RYA instructor and I have competed in many racing regattas around the world on all types of yachts, for me the design does not matter, just going to sea!

The ocean and its life is an amazing place to be able to work and play. To be able to share the ocean and its wonderful wildlife with my guests, friends and family, makes my job one of the best!



Bruce is Vanessa’s Dad and he is the one whom helped put salt water in her blood!

He is our impact player, coming out on the yacht when needed. Otherwise will be found at the shore base.

Bruce  has extensively sailed New Zealand seas and the South Pacific Ocean and Bruce helped to successfully defend the 2000 America’s Cup with Team New Zealand.


Carino Crew Photos

Xmas Bay of Islands Style – 20017

Coffee time

Ashore to explore


As a small 100% New Zealand owned and operated family cruise, we love the Bay of Islands and are committed to giving you a fun and relaxing way to experience sailing and dolphins, making this your best holiday experience