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Auckland to Wellington Race 26th Nov 15

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i like the way they give out prizes before you start.


Start: Thursday 26 November 2015

Time: 0900 hours

Prize Giving: Sunday 19 November 1015


All fixed.  The RAYC folks have had a few details to work through, trying to coordinate with events at both ends!


Edit: Our loose plan [Provincial Cowboy R40] is do the race then ship in some mates to do the Nelson race and the three local regattas (Nelson, Waikawa and Wellington) before the boat comes back to Auckland.   Plus some Sounds/Abel Tasman cruising.  Pretty sure we can put a crew together for each event!

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Whats wrong with singlehanded? Anyway, I could probably find some mug to go with me!! November in Wellington is likely to be NW gales...

I may be interested....

This should be an awesome event. Am really hoping that some Welly boats will go up and race too.


But IT you're certainly on the money expecting gales that time of year. Here's Roger Folley's report about the 2014  Brother's race that started 1 November. Can Jaffa boats handle Cook Strait on a windy day?

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What will it be clockwise or anti clockwise?

In November 2015, RAYC will send a fleet of boats to Wellington for the inaugural Auckland to Wellington Race. In the 1970’s and 80’s Devonport Yacht Club ran a similar race to Picton and Nelson. A lack of resources forced the club to stop holding the race, and only two handed crews have raced to the Cook Strait from Auckland in the last 10 years. RAYC are working in conjunction with the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, to rekindle the journey south from Auckland to Wellington via East Cape. There will also be a short-handed division for crews of 3, which could appeal to those wanting to do the SSANZ Round North Island in 2017.

Copied from their press release.

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Blink is seriously thinking about the Coastal Classic this year and then the AKL to Welly Race.   Would be great to have some other Welly boats to play with - the mighty Revs, Wedgie, Young Nicholson, Montego Bay III - maybe Gucci will be back from her island travels by then?  A warm up for Guarantee for the two handed?  Some South Island boats too - Satellite, Non Stop, Oldsmobile, Clear Vision?  Would be great to get a whole group going for the delivery there, Coastal and then the go hard and get home race.  

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Have put together a list of central region events that could interest anyone doing this race.


Major Central Region Events Summer 2015/16


Events that are scheduled in the central region run by the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Wellington. Waikawa Bay Boating Club, Picton. Tasman Bay Cruising Club, Nelson



December 2015


Saturday 19 December 2015                                          RPNYC & WBC Cook Strait Classic

Race from RPNYC start line across Cook Strait, finishing in Tory Channel. Most yachts make arrangements to stay in the Marlborough Sounds and go cruising after this race.




January 2016


Saturday 2 January 2016                                      RPNYC Wellington – Picton Race

Race from RPNYC startline, usually rounding either Mana or Kapiti Islands and finishing in Queen Charlotte Sound.


Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 January 2016                   WBC Lawson Dry Hills Regatta

Great two day regatta sailing in Queen Charlotte Sound. Waikawa Boating Club are always great hosts and this is a fun regatta.


Friday 22 January 2016                                          RPNYC Nelson Race

This is the central region Coastal Classic. Approximately the same distance, attracting a great fleet of boats.


Sunday 24 – Wednesday 27 January 2016            TBCC Nelson Regatta

Fun regatta in Tasman and Golden Bays. Mixture of short course and distance racing, as well as being very social.


Saturday 30 January 2016                                    WBC Sentinal Rock Race

Start from Historic Ships Cove, and race across the top of the Marlborough Sounds to Sentinal Rock and then back to Bluemine Island in Queen Charlotte Sound.






February 2016


Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 February 2016                    WBC Young 88 South Island Champs


Friday 12 – Sunday 14 February 2016                    RPNYC Port Nich Regatta & PHRF Nats

RPNYC’s famous regatta including PHRF National Championships. Always a great weekend with a mixture of competitive racing and social fun. A must to attend.



Saturday 20 February – Sunday 6 March 2016     RPNYC 2 Handed Central Triangle Race

Two handed challenge in three legs from Wellington to Akaroa, Akaroa to Napier, and Napier back to Wellington. 750 nautical miles, that is also a qualifier for the 2017 SSANZ 2 Handed Round North Island Race. Akaroa and Napier are great stopovers.

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