About Sounds By Sail

Sounds By Sail is owned and operated by Phil and Deborah Clegg, and is based in the Kenepuru Sound in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds.Phil gained much of his commercial sailing experience working with a Sydney-based yacht charter company, Sydney by Sail, where he taught sailing, skippered charters, and along with Deborah, helped deliver yachts from Sydney to Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia.

Deborah has also crewed on a Cruise Boat in the Doubtful and Dusky Sounds , Fiordland in New Zealand.

Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds from the comfort of our luxury yacht, whether it’s for an afternoon sail, a weekend away or longer.


Our vessel “Relax” is a luxury, French designed Beneteau 323 yacht , which can comfortably accommodate 6 passengers during the day or 4 passengers overnight. With a large double aft cabin and double v-berth, toilet and shower, full galley and roomy saloon lounge, “Relax” is the ideal vessel for your sailing experience in the Sounds.

What our customers say


We had the pleasure of taking a 3 hour sailing trip with Phil on his boat. The afternoon was really very enjoyable and this is a great way to see the sounds. We were picked up from Te Mahia, which suited us perfectly. The local wine and mussels were delicious. We had never sailed before and had the chance to join in with a bit of the sailing in a very relaxed and easy going way.

Louise K

2018-08-27T04:00:59+00:00

Louise K

We had the pleasure of taking a 3 hour sailing trip with Phil on his boat. The afternoon was really very enjoyable and this is a great way to see the sounds. We were picked up from Te Mahia, which suited us perfectly. The local wine and mussels were delicious. We had never sailed before and had the chance to join in with a bit of the sailing in a very relaxed and easy going way.
Thanks Phil, just a fabulous afternoon. Really appreciated, absolutely professional, excellent hospitality, incredibly friendly, well organised. Just a superb experience.
2018-08-27T04:00:43+00:00
Thanks Phil, just a fabulous afternoon. Really appreciated, absolutely professional, excellent hospitality, incredibly friendly, well organised. Just a superb experience.
"We had the most amazing experience sailing on our trip to NZ back in March. Phil was the nicest guy we have ever come across. The 3 hours sailing trip was the perfect way to see the sounds. It was also our first time sailing so it made it even more special. The local wine and mussels were delicious too. I am not usually someone who writes reviews on trip advisor but really had to on this occasion. Highly recommended!"

Pragati N

2018-08-26T01:26:41+00:00

Pragati N

"We had the most amazing experience sailing on our trip to NZ back in March. Phil was the nicest guy we have ever come across. The 3 hours sailing trip was the perfect way to see the sounds. It was also our first time sailing so it made it even more special. The local wine and mussels were delicious too. I am not usually someone who writes reviews on trip advisor but really had to on this occasion. Highly recommended!"
We booked the overnight stay and sailing experience with Phil and it was by far our favourite thing we did during our month-long holiday in New Zealand. My husband has discovered a new hobby and has now even signed up for a skipper's course! Phil picked us up from Te Mahia, saving us an extra 90 minute drive and we explored Keneparu Sound by sail before settling in a cove for the evening. He's a great character and we got along really well.

He then prepared a delicious dinner with marinaded mussels for starters, Moroccan chicken for mains and a lovely cheesecake for dessert. I believe that his wife, Deb, had prepared it all prior and it was lovely. We enjoyed a glass of fizz on deck before Phil left us for the night, returning the following morning to sail us home. The bedroom was as you'd expect on a 30ft yacht but it was comfy and lovely to hear the water lapping on the bow. The deck was also a great opportunity for star gazing.

Overall we would definitely recommend this experience. It's pricey when compared to overnight in a good hotel but it's a lot more than that. A very special treat which we're glad we did.

Indiebar

2018-08-27T04:00:22+00:00

Indiebar

We booked the overnight stay and sailing experience with Phil and it was by far our favourite thing we did during our month-long holiday in New Zealand. My husband has discovered a new hobby and has now even signed up for a skipper's course! Phil picked us up from Te Mahia, saving us an extra 90 minute drive and we explored Keneparu Sound by sail before settling in a cove for the evening. He's a great character and we got along really well. He then prepared a delicious dinner with marinaded mussels for starters, Moroccan chicken for mains and a lovely cheesecake for dessert. I believe that his wife, Deb, had prepared it all prior and it was lovely. We enjoyed a glass of fizz on deck before Phil left us for the night, returning the following morning to sail us home. The bedroom was as you'd expect on a 30ft yacht but it was comfy and lovely to hear the water lapping on the bow. The deck was also a great opportunity for star gazing. Overall we would definitely recommend this experience. It's pricey when compared to overnight in a good hotel but it's a lot more than that. A very special treat which we're glad we did.
I was very lucky to pick this company to go out and sail on the Kenepuru Sounds. The boat is run by a great guy, Phil, who will arrange everything to suit, and in a friendly kiwi way. The boat is a Beneteau, in wonderful condition (not very old) and very pleasant to sail. You can choose between half day, full day and overnight trips, and I am already thinking about doing some longer trips. Even if you have not sailed before, it will not be a problem, as you can do as much or as little as you like onboard. The boat is ideal for these sorts of trips, and sailing down the sounds is so enjoyable. I guess that the trips on this boat would suit both complete novices and experienced sailors.

I was impressed by the new boat and by how friendly it all was. The sailing trips might be on a 'must do' list for the Kenepuru Sounds. It is one of those sorts of trips that when you come back, you will immediately want to do more of. So it gets a highly recommended rating !!! Worth staying longer in the area to do a trip on this boat !!

centraltraveller

2018-08-27T04:01:37+00:00

centraltraveller

I was very lucky to pick this company to go out and sail on the Kenepuru Sounds. The boat is run by a great guy, Phil, who will arrange everything to suit, and in a friendly kiwi way. The boat is a Beneteau, in wonderful condition (not very old) and very pleasant to sail. You can choose between half day, full day and overnight trips, and I am already thinking about doing some longer trips. Even if you have not sailed before, it will not be a problem, as you can do as much or as little as you like onboard. The boat is ideal for these sorts of trips, and sailing down the sounds is so enjoyable. I guess that the trips on this boat would suit both complete novices and experienced sailors. I was impressed by the new boat and by how friendly it all was. The sailing trips might be on a 'must do' list for the Kenepuru Sounds. It is one of those sorts of trips that when you come back, you will immediately want to do more of. So it gets a highly recommended rating !!! Worth staying longer in the area to do a trip on this boat !!

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Kenepuru Sound, 7282

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