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The Royal Nomuka Yacht Club was formed to reintroduce the lost art of Vaka sailing to the youth of Tonga.

Through the establishment of a ‘Vaka’ one-design class and implementation of Vaka training programs and sailing events, it is hoped that these traditions can be reintroduced to the Greater Pacific.

Getting Here

The RNYC welcomes visitors to the Island of Nomuka IKI. You can travel to us on the twice weekly ferry from TongaTapu, a pleasant six-hour voyage, or visit on your yacht enjoying what is one of the most consistent (nearly) all weather anchorages right in front of our club. You can call us on channel 16 or phone ahead on +676 7759908.


The RNYC will hold formal Vaka training schools. The course will cover practical and theory subjects during the nine day live training courses for young Tongans. Learning the lost art of Vaka sailing and experiencing this rich part of Tonga’s proud history is a special opportunity for all. Two thirds of the cost will be covered jointly by the Vaka Sailing Trust and McIntyre Adventure.

RNYC Membership

If you love the idea of OPTIMIST or Vaka sailing, double canoe voyaging and supporting the youth of Tonga, or just have a keen interest in the sea, or sailing, join the Royal Nomuka Yacht Club. 100% of your membership fees go toward supporting Tongans sail. We welcome new members of all nationalities and interests. The objectives of the RNYC are to encourage sailing, racing and Vaka voyaging to the youth of Tonga through formal training and practical experience and safe boating through education.