Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta – next Monday

This time in a few days we’ll be celebrating Anniversary Day 2018!

We need you to enter! Please click here to enter the regatta

Pssst … if you don’t like entering online here’s some downloadable PDF entry forms
Passage Race Keelers | Harbour Race Keelers

Further AAR spot prize draw announced!

A generous Auckland sponsor is offering a further cash prize of $500 to celebrate Auckland’s Birthday to ALL keelboats who are entered in the Regatta by Thursday 5pm.  Winner will be drawn at the Prizegiving on Tuesday 20 February – all entrants and crew welcome to join us there but rsvp essential to

Tugboat Race Safety Information

The Tugboat Race will start at 1000hrs off Princes Wharf so if you are in the area, please stay well clear of the following course between 1000 and 1100hrs and be aware of the wash expected in the harbour, particularly at the start of the race.

The course takes the tugs to Orakei, around 19 & 20 green navigation markers, back to Westhaven around the laid Harbourmaster’s buoy, yellow Westhaven buoy and finishes at Queen’s Wharf.

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Mahurangi Regatta & Auckland Anniversary Weekend – all the details

The wait is over! Another fantastic classic weekend is here! For full details for both race events, launch events, and social events – keep scrolling!

If you have never been to Mahurangi before, then make sure you do this year – it promises to be another spectacular weekend. The launch parade is back – bigger than ever – and the Prohibition Band are sure to put on another big night under the marquee at Scott’s Landing. There’s road access to both Sullivan’s Bay and Scott’s Landing for friends and family to join in.

See you there!

Mahurangi Regatta shoreside events

A full programme of events is available on the Mahurangi Cruising Club website.

For details of shoreside events including the dinghy, kayak, open (sit-on) kayak, swimming, blindfold boat, lost-the-dinghy-oars, rowed inflatable, sand sculpture contest, running races, sack races and many more, check out the information page on the Mahurangi Action website.

Launch parade

The Mahurangi Cruising Club and the CYA are keen to make the 2018 Classic Launch Parade the best and biggest that Mahurangi has ever seen!

To help us achieve this, can you, please register with Joyce Talbot via email or on 021 818 448. It would be great if as many as possible of you can register with Joyce, so that we have a list to hand to the commentator ashore. If this list is available, we will email it to you a day or so before the weekend to give some guidance as to the order of boats in single- file. If you don’t receive the list, please aim to congregate at Scott’s landing at 1030amand begin single file towards the marked fairway at Sullivans Bay. Ideally we will do two ‘laps’of the beach with boats being announced for the first lap.

Mahurangi would appreciate it for fundraising purposes if you did register on their site, which includes a Yearbook usually $20, for only $15. Every bit helps.
Click the following link for registration:

The Mahurangi Cruising club January newsletter has more details included.

Anchoring in Sullivan’s Bay

All arriving yachts and launches are requested to keep clear of the fairway marked by orange buoys laid in Sullivan’s Bay – this will form the access route into the bay for the classic launch parade.

Saturday evening BBQ & dance

Kick-off 1830hrs. Prize-giving will be held in front of the marquee at Scott’s Landing, followed by dancing under the big tent to the Prohibition Big Band. Barbecues will be provided – BYO everything else. Come ashore at your leisure.

Race events – full details

Note that this information is also available on on the sailing page of the CYA website.


Entries for the Night Race to Mahurangi, the Return Passage race, and the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta should be made using the CYA online race entry. Entries for the Mahurangi Regatta should be completed on the Mahurangi Cruising club website – entry instructions & pricing are included in the MCC Sailing Instructions.

Race Documents

Night Race to Mahurangi – Friday 26 January

Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions

Addendum 1 to NoR for Classic Yachts

Please note that boats are to take their own finish times and provide these to Joyce Talbot via text message on 021 818 448. The finish line is described in the Addendum 1 above.

Mahurangi Regatta Race – Saturday 27 January

Programme of events and regatta information

Sailing Instructions

See MCC website for entries

Please note that divisional start times have changed this year due to congestion during last year’s race. A Class yachts now have their own start time.

Return Passage Race to Auckland – Sunday 28 January

Sailing Instructions

There will be a prizegiving held in O’Hagans Bar in the Viaduct from 1800 hrs Sunday for both passage races. Come along for a drink and a pub meal. There are wine and rum prizes for top finishers – but you have to be there to claim your prize!

Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta – Monday 29 January

Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions

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Sheerlines – January 2018

The January issue of Sheerlines is now online – check it out!


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CYA Update – Latest edition of the Classic Yacht Journal now online

The latest edition of the Classic Yacht Journal is now online – click on the images below. We hope you enjoy it!

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CYA Update – Patio Bay photos, video & Mahurangi launch parade

Patio Bay – photos, video & full results

We were treated to another spectacular Patio Bay weekend in December with a large number of launches and yachts heading down to the bottom end of Waiheke for the traditional CYA pre-Christmas weekend. Full results of the passage race can be found here

Congratulations to the divisional winners:
A Classic Division – Katrina II
B Classic Division – Jonquil
A Modern Division – Archernar
B Modern Division – Paramour
Townsons – Romance

As usual, Alan Houghton over at Waitemata Woody’s captured some great photos – you can check them out here. The above photos are from Waitemata Woody’s. Roger Mills on board Aotea shot some great video – check it out below!

Launch parade at Mahurangi regatta – January 2018

We ask that any launches intending to take part in the parade at Sullivan’s Bay during the Mahurangi Regatta on Saturday 27 January 2018 send your details to Joyce Talbot at so that we can help co-ordinate this increasingly popular event!

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Biosecurity message from Auckland Council

It’s that wonderful time of year to spend time on and in the water! We can all play a part in protecting what we love, and help stop of the spread of pests and diseases. You can help by checking and cleaning your boat, hull and equipment before leaving Auckland, particularly when heading for other harbours and Great Barrier Island.

There have been a couple of articles about Auckland’s marine biosecurity recently which you can find here and here if you missed them. Please share the articles and spread the word.

You can also visit for useful information including other region’s requirements, and the recently upgraded Ministry for Primary Industries marine biosecurity porthole. If you are heading to Northland you must ensure your vessel is free from marine pests before you enter Northland waters. If you are entering a marina you must provide evidence of either a lift and wash within the past month or an antifoul within the past 6 months. Marinas in other areas are also adopting this, so check with the marina before you go. More information can be found via the nrc website. If you are unsure of what to look out for, you can find more information via the pest control hub.

If you take your pets with you on board, remember to check where you can take them ashore. Please leave them behind if you go ashore to any of the pest-free islands. These islands protect some of our unique and rare birds, lizards and plants that we all want future generations to be able to enjoy too.

You can find out more about how to help keep our Hauraki Gulf islands pestfree on the Treasure Islands website and the Department of Conservation’s Top tips to protect Northland this summer.

Discount rope from Donaghys this summer!

Donaghys have a pile of rope they are willing to do a fantastic deal on for CYA members. An export customer ordered the wrong colour –  oops!

Polyester double braid by Donaghys so is good stuff made well, spliceable and all the usual you’d expect from a good rope.

6mm – $1.15 per mt
8mm – $1.61 per mt
10mm – $1.84 per mt
12mm – $2.10 per mt

This is available from Chains Ropes and Anchors in Colway Place, Wairau Valley, North Shore. Print out this email or tell the staff that you are getting the classic discount.

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Sheerlines – December 2017

The December issue of Sheerlines is now online – check it out below

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Patio Bay Race Information

See below for the start times, sailing instructions, and sailing instruction amendment for tomorrow’s Patio Bay passage race. We have a large fleet this year of 36 yachts which is fantastic.
Note that the start line is between Orakei yellow and Torpedo yellow buoys
Note that the finish line is a line between the point at the eastern end of Patio Bay and the committee boat. The committee boat is SEA FEVER, a 35’ sedan launch that will be flying a CYA flag and an orange committee boat flag.
Time signals are to be taken from GPS time
Note that competitors who choose to not start the race, or retire during the race, for any reason, MUST advise the Race Officer (Doug Reid) on VHF Ch 77 or on mobile at 021 747 387.  Please adhere to this as it is frustrating if the committee boat is waiting around for a yacht to arrive that is not racing.
Weather forecast:

Metservice: For the Waitemata Harbour

Saturday : Northeast 10 knots, easing to variable 5 knots in the evening. Sea slight. Mainly fine, chance shower.
PWG/PWE model: NE approx 7kts
ECMWF model: NE approx 9 kts
Seabreeze may establish, with convergence zone expected to sit over the Manukau Harbour given the underlying NE’er.
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Classic Yacht Journal – November/December edition online

The latest edition of the Classic Yacht Journal is now online – click on the images below. We hope you enjoy it!

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2018 Trillian Trust Classic Yacht Regatta – Early discount entries open today

Discounted early entries are open from today for the 2018 Trillian Trust Classic Yacht Regatta!  Get in quick as these will only be available from today until 30 November.
Entry details and more information is available on the regatta website at
The Notice of Race has also been posted on the regatta website.
We look forward to seeing you all in mid February for another spectacular regatta!

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Patio Bay only three weeks away!

The annual invasion of Patio Bay by the Classic Yacht Association is only just round the corner! This year’s event is being held on Saturday 2nd December.

Make sure this one is in your Christmas calendar folks – this is always a spectacular event.  Held at Patio Bay, at the ‘bottom end’ of Waiheke Island, this is the CYA social event of the year.

The passage race for the yachts is a ‘Mark Foy’ staggered start, aiming for a joint finish. The launches usually sweep past the yachts at about Rocky Bay, and settle in by mid afternoon. Crews slowly make their way to the beach for a BBQ, prize giving and a general good time at the classic kiwi bach owned by our kind hosts Bert and Margaret Woolcott.

If you are a new CYA member, or if you have not been to Patio Bay before, we would love to see you there!

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