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Fairwind Yacht Charters New Zealand



Fairwind New Zealand Yacht Charters. Main Wharf, Opua, Bay of Islands. Tel: +64 9 4027821 Mob: +64 274 789994


FairWind Charters is owned and operated by Kim Borgstrom and Greta Simmonds.


Kim and Greta have a wide variety of sailing experience, both on the New Zealand coast and abroad. Between us we have over 100,000 sea miles under our belts. The two of us have circumnavigated the globe and Kim’s experience goes back to being second mate under Captain Bligh on the Bounty! We both hold New Zealand commercial skippers licences.


Fairwind was started after global charter company The Moorings, for whom Kim had managed the Bay of Islands base for three years, withdrew from New Zealand in 2003. We perceived an opening for a smaller bareboat charter company that still offered vessels of a high standard. Kim’s involvement in the charter industry dates back to the early 80’s.

Greta was an owner of an 85-foot traditional schooner for 10 years; occupied in its construction and commercial operation. She is an experienced journalist and a qualified school teacher whilst still finds time to be Mum to our children Rory (19) and Astrid (16).


Both of us have sailed the world yet we agree that the Northland Coast, with its beauty of scenery and variety of sailing, easily matches anywhere we have visited. We appreciate being able to call the Bay of Islands our home. We hope you will accept our invitation to charter with FairWind, and share this alluring cruising ground with us.

Check our testimonials if you want to see what people have say about the service we offer.


Fair winds,


Kim and Greta


Kim and Greta

P.S. That Bounty voyage was in 1989, not 1789, and was a re-enactment of the original ‘mutiny’ voyage, with the four-times-great grandson of the first Bligh in command.

Bounty crew 1988

"The Bounty mutineers - bareboat pioneers"