Penny Whiting MBE

Penny had the pleasure of teaching 33,000 people the 15 hour sailing course over the last 52 years.  She has closed her sailing school and now provides private charters.  Penny is also available for speaking engagements, as one of Auckland's legendary athletes, sailor, councillor, and  Whitbread commentator.

Few New Zealanders have packed as much into their lives as Penny Whiting. Best known as a yachtswoman and the owner-operator of the Penny Whiting Sailing School, she has also been a swimming champion, international surfing competitor, rugby coach, writer, celebrity speaker, America's Cup and Whitbread commentator and Auckland City Councillor. She has two grown children who also sail, and is now a proud grandmother to five grandchildren. In 1993 Penny was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to sailing. 

For a one-on-one sailing learning experience, book Penny for a Private Charter.  Two night and three days sailing,  with just you, Penny, and the sea, you will be immersed completely in how to live on, manage and sail a boat.   You can also learn about the principles of sailing by reading The Penny Whiting Sailing book or watch her Sailing video.


Sailing class A1

An account of the weeks sailing, a student at the Penny Whiting Sailing School


Sailing on the Waitemata

Tales from Sailing School days


Winter Paint

A great couple of weeks on the hard at Orams Marine, getting some new Anti fouling on the bottom of Endless…



Wow, my wife and I enjoyed the classes and can now sail together and understand sailing.
Rob and Mary, San Diego


Sailing Season 2016

Winter maintenance is easy with fibreglass yachts, keep on top of them with a bit of wax and they…

Inspiring Speaker 

Penny Whiting was award an MBE in 1993 for her Services to Sailing, she has worked as a councillor for Auckland City, authored many books and was Chair of the Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust, as well as many other achievements.   Book Penny for an engaging and entertaining speaker.

Contact Us

Berth E 10 Westhaven Marina Auckland New Zealand
+64 (0)9 376 1322
+64 (0)274 810 498

Book a Charter

Penny Whiting Ltd provides exclusive premier charters for a one-on-one experience that will teach you all aspects of sailing.