Regatta countdown – 1 week!

Only 7 days to go until kick-off! Here’s a regatta pic of the day from last year’s event – Jonquil and Tango heading up to the windward mark at northern leading in very light conditions! Check out all the latest details here!

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Pics from Friday’s Vos shed update and book launch for Peter Peal’s ‘Thoughts On Clinker Lapstrake Dinghy Construction’

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Regatta launch parade and Riverhead Cruise – Sunday 05 March

Calling all CYA launch owners!

Launch events are making a comeback to Regatta weekend this year, including a launch parade and a cruise to Riverhead, and presentation of the CYA Launch Trophy to the best presented launch.

For full details see the programme below. If you have any questions, or would like to take part, please contact Angus Rogers (CYA Launch Captain) and let him know prior to 01 March 2017.

A fabulous array of spot prizes are up for grabs this year – but you need to be there!! See below for more.

See you all on the water!

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2017 Classic Yacht Regatta – Full details



Detailed programme of events:

Race HQ The Dinghy Locker at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), Westhaven will be our Race HQ and will have the notice board and daily course and weather updates. Sailing Instructions and more information will be available at the Skippers & Crews Briefing on Thursday 02 March, starting at 1830hrs, at RNZYS.

Parking is available in Westhaven Marina, in the visitor car park area (white lines ONLY)

Prizegivings Informal prizegivings will be held on Friday and Saturday nights after racing and the Official Regatta Prizegiving will be on Sunday evening. Friends, family and supporters are welcome to attend and enjoy all the social evenings, especially on Sunday for the official Prizegiving.

Fabulous Spot prizes A great array of prizes will be on offer again – including Emirates Airline Holiday Package, Takacat Inflatable, Explore Group ‘Bay of Islands Package’, Steiner Binoculars, Yamaha Outboard, Kiwi Feather Props, Coast NZ product, Mt Gay Rum and more……Friday and Saturday:  Spot Prizes may be claimed by a crew member of the boat drawn. Sunday: The helmsperson or owner who signed the entry form MUST be present to collect spot prizes or they will be redrawn.

Yacht berthage: Berths will be available at the events berthing dock right outside Race HQ at RNZYS. We would like to get as many boats in here as possible, dressed up, and looking great for the weekend. This is a great opportunity for quick and easy access to the boat for the weekend. If you would like a berth, please contact James Mortimer (CYA Yacht Captain).

Full Programme

Thursday 02 March

1830hrs – Doors open for early registration at RNZYS (Commodores Room). Cash bar available.

1900hs  – Race Briefing at RNZYS. Registration and skippers information will be available for collection – it is essential that either the skipper or designated crew member is present.

2000hrs – Welcome dinner for CYAA visitors – all CYA members invited to attend this dinner – please RSVP to James Mortimer by 1st March.

Friday 03 March

0930hrs – Coffee and pastries available at Race HQ along with weather updates

1300hrs  – Race 1  (Harbour Course)

1800hrs onwards –  Informal Prize giving at Race HQ. Cash bar and food available

Saturday 04 March

0700hrs – Coffee and pastries available at Race HQ Bar along with weather updates.

1000hrs – Race 2 followed by Race 3  (Northern Leading Area Courses)

1800hrs onwards – Informal Prizegiving at Race HQ. Cash bar and food available

Sunday 05 March 

0730hrs – Coffee and pastries available at Race HQ along with weather updates

1000hrs – Launches assemble off Queens Wharf

1015 to 1040hrs – Parade of Classic Launches through the Westhaven start area past the RNZYS (FULL DETAILS TO COME)

1040hrs onwards – Launch cruise to Riverhead Pub

1100hrs -Race 4 (Harbour Course)

1800hrs onwards – Official Prizegiving at Race HQ.  Presentation of trophies, including presentation of CYA Launch Trophy for best presented launch and the spot prize draws.

Skippers MUST be present to go in the draw.

Sunday evening’s dinner will be a scrumptious BBQ availble to everyone for $25pp


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Round Rangi & Cake Day coming up this weekend!!

Issy Bay is home to the world famous, CYA Cake Day. Make no mistake, this is a hotly contested event! Bring your best nautical themed cake and test yourself against the finest bakers the CYA has to offer. Judging kicks off mid to late afternoon, followed by a BBQ, along with and informal prizegiving from the Round Rangi Race. For the race fleet, sailing instructions are now posted online. See you there!!

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Welcome to the CYA website

A refuge for owners and admirers of wooden boats. Take your time and look around – maybe check out our fleet or see what events are coming up.

If you need advice about a wooden boat or are trying to track down that old family yacht or launch or just want to crew on a classic – the Forum section is the place to be!

Upcoming Events

all-day 2017 Classic Yacht Regatta
2017 Classic Yacht Regatta
Mar 3 – Mar 5 all-day
Premier three day Classic Yacht Regatta, hosted jointly by the RNZYS and CYA – our top sailing event of the season
all-day Man o War Bay Race, Wine Tasting...
Man o War Bay Race, Wine Tasting...
Mar 18 – Mar 19 all-day
Race to Man o War Bay, starting with the RNZYS Te Kouma fleet. For those cruising, pack the family and make a weekend of it down at the Bottom End of Waiheke. We’ll raft up, and head ashore for some
all-day Vintage & Vets
Vintage & Vets
Apr 9 all-day
Traditional Ponsonby event raced in the inner harbour. Prizegiving and drinks afterwards at PCC.
all-day Easter Cruise
Easter Cruise
Apr 14 – Apr 17 all-day
Depending on the weather forecast, we’ll pick a destination for a great Easter cruise. Feel free to come along and enjoy the company of other classics!
all-day Anzac Day Regatta
Anzac Day Regatta
Apr 25 all-day
The CYA ANZAC trophy is up for grabs in this last race of the summer racing season. Prizegiving and drinks afterwards at PCC.