Sail Lake Taupo: Meet Your Captains

Sail Barbary is a locally owned and operated company.

All of our captains/skippers are fully qualified and over-experienced in sailing yachts.

Each of our skippers hold a minimum/equivalent Skipper Restricted Limits (with passenger endorsement) licence and a Level 2 First Aid qualification.

All of our captains are Kiwis from various parts of the North Island.

They have all had extensive backgrounds in sailing, and sailing is so much more than a job to each of them – it’s a passion.


Pete started his apprenticship on the water at Lake Taupo in 1968. Enjoying and becoming very proficient in water skiing, windsurfing and all forms of trout fishing.  He can talk fishing all day!

This long association on the water provides knowledge of the various conditions on the large expanse of water (616kms) at Lake Taupo and provides Peter with the ideal backround for optimizing your sailing experience and making it safe.

Being a fully qualified skipper has enhanced his enjoyment –  we now take out customers and friends on the water.

Pete has a long and varied business backround in marketing and property  including owning, operating and developing further the Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge for nearly 10 years..

Sail Barbary is a passion that grows with every month.



Sailing all his adult life, with many years spent cruising and competitively racing in the Hauraki Golf, Kerry has found his calling working on Lake Taupo. A born and bred kiwi, Kerry spent many years sailing around the world – adventure racing to Fiji, captaining private yachts in the Mediterranean Sea for 5 years, before taking that vessel across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Bahamas, then touring the eastern sea board of the United States, as well as 3 years of captaining an expedition vessel that extensively cruised New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia and the eastern sea board of Australia. Kerry and his wife have also both volunteered on the race committee for both Louis Vuitton cups in Auckland. Kerry is so passionate about sailing he would rather watch a yacht race than a Rugby Game!

Best sailing moments:

  • Sailing into Grand harbour in Malta for the first time
  • Admiring the wildlife on Mediterranean beaches
  • Sailing into New York Harbour and through the East river to long Island Sound
  • Cruising Fiordland, New Zealand
  • Sailing in a hurricane on my first Atlantic crossing
  • Any day sailing on Lake Taupo
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