Penny Whiting MBE 

Penny had the pleasure of teaching 33,000 people the 15 hour sailing course over the last 52 years.  She is a life membership at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. She has closed her sailing school and now is 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. 

You can also learn about the principles of sailing by reading The Penny Whiting Sailing book or watch her Sailing video.


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


Sailing Season 2016

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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 is Chair of the Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust, as well as many other achievements.   Book Penny for an engaging and entertaining speaker.

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