Auckland Regatta 2015

Auckland Regatta 2015

The Auckland Regatta 2015, which began in 2008, is organised by both the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The 2015 event, that lasts three days, will take place from the 20th of March to the 22nd of March in the waters around this New Zealand city.

Auckland’s Top Yachting Event

Billed as the leading yachting event in Auckland, the regatta has been “designed by sailors, for sailors” and the Auckland Regatta Trust runs the event. Among the types of racing at the Auckland Regatta 2015 will be windward-leeward sprinting and vessels competing on harbour courses of greater length.

On the day before the event starts registrations and a briefing will take place. There will a regatta party on the 21st of March, and prizes will be handed out from 5pm on the final day. The Ross 930 Squid Vicious was the first entry for the 2015 regatta, while, in the Multihull Division, Charleston was the first entry this year.

The Sailing Divisions At The Auckland Regatta

Among the sailing divisions being incorporated at the Auckland Regatta 2015 will be A, B, C and D Divisions, an IRC Division, Open and 8.5 Multihull Divisions, Farr-related Divisions, including MRX Pacific Keelboat Challenge and an 1020 Division. There will be Passage Divisions at the regatta for non spinnaker and spinnaker, a Sports Boat Division and Ross 930 and Young 88 Divisions.

There will be a race a day in the Passage Division, with the first day seeing a shorter race than the next two days. The event’s Friday race will take place from 3pm over a harbour course. The Auckland Regatta 2015 aims to get the most out of harbour racing, and a new passage racing division has been introduced as a result.

The Pacific Keelboat Challenge

One of the most eagerly anticipated events at the Auckland Regatta 2015 will be the Pacific Keelboat Challenge. This event will feature four teams from Australia, and one from New Caledonia. There will be 10 top yacht clubs taking part in the Challenge, with the winning crew being handed the Pacific Keelboat Challenge Trophy.

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Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta

Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, Malaysia

An annual offshore Malaysian sailing event, the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta was first competed for in 1988. This offshore race is organised by the Royal Selangor Yacht Club together with the RORC and also forms part of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championships

One Of Asia’s Most Popular Regattas

As well as being one of the most popular regattas in the whole of Asia, the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta also has a unique quality about it because of its mix of offshore passage and inshore races. The regatta itself was the brainchild of sailing enthusiast and Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) member the Raja Muda of Selangor.

The Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta is made up of three passage races that take place overnight, along with harbour racing that lasts three days. The harbour races take place in Penang and Langkawi, while the overnight races take place over a combined distance of some 260 miles.

The range of sailing vessels taking place in the regatta are very diverse, and include classic cruisers that date back more than a century right up to high quality IRC1 racers. The race is challenging, because, over its 9 days, the weather can be hard to predict. The tropical islands in the Melaka Straits, on the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula, make for a beautiful backdrop to the races.

The Schedule

Racing at the 2014 Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta begins on November 15th with a race from Port Klang to Pangkor. The race’s prize giving takes place the following day in Pangkor.

On November 17th there are races from Pangkor to Penang, and the next day sees Penang hosting rickshaw races. On the 19th of November the inshore races at Penang begin, with two races for classes one, three, four and seven. While there is one race for classes two, five and six. Prize giving take place on the same day.

Races from Penang to Langkawi begin on November 20th, and the inshore races begin on November 21st from Langkawi. There are two races for classes one and three, and one race for classes two, four, five, six and seven. An inshore race from Langkawi is the final race at the regatta, and takes place on November the 22nd, with two races for classes one, three and four. There is one race for classes two, five, six and seven. An awards party at the RLYC is the regatta’s final event.

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Airlie Beach Race Week

Airlie Beach Race Week 2014

Airlie Beach, for those of you not in the know, can, of course, be found in the Whitsunday region of Queensland, Australia. It is the gateway to the stunning Whitsunday Coast  and the Great Barrier Reef.  Every year the sailing community and Whitsunday Sailing Club of Airlie Beach hold the Airlie Beach Race Week.  This year the race week will run from Friday 8th August until Friday 15th August 2014.

Airlie Beach Race Week History

The first Airlie Beach Race Week was conceived as a way to promote the new Hog’s Breath Cafe.  Don Algie had been sailing his classic 55′ sloop Storm along the Whitsunday coast in 1987 looking for a location to set up the first Australian Hog’s Breath Cafe.  He settled on Airlie Beach and being a sailing enthusiast, what better way to promote a new venture than to sponsor a sailing regatta.  After talks with the Whitsunday Sailing Club the Hog’s Breath Cruising Classics was born.  Due to the success and popularity of the regatta it soon became a week-long sailing regatta.  This year will be the 25th year the Airlie Beach Race Week has been running, and it still shows no signs of slowing down.

Airlie Beach Race Week Sailing

With water temperature averaging 28 degrees and daytime temperature averaging 29 degrees, fabulous weather and stunning scenery, you’d be mad not to add Airlie Beach Race Week to your racing calendar.  It doesn’t matter if you are a hard-core racing fanatic or a cruising enthusiast with a less serious racing attitude, the race week has classes for everyone.

Airlie Beach Race Week Onshore

A race week wouldn’t be a race week without parties aplenty, and Airlie Beach Race Week is certainly not going to be an exception.  You will be hard pushed to return from a hard days racing and relax with a quiet drink!  There seems to be a party every night of the week.  There is, of course, Lay Day when it is suggested you visit the Whitsunday Sailing Club for a relaxing drink….like that’s gonna happen!

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Heineken Regatta 2014

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2014

The Heineken Regatta 2014.  This regatta is now in it’s 34th year and the dates for this year are 6-9th march 2014.

So what is the Heineken Regatta 2014?  It is a regatta held on the island of Sint Maarten and hosted by The Sint Maarten Yacht Club.  This year the club will play host to more than 32 countries and around 200 entries.  This makes it one of the largest regattas in the Caribbean.  The regatta is open to the following classes: Spinnaker; Non-Spinnaker; Bareboat; Multihull; Gunboat and Open Class.

No Caribbean Regatta would be the same without the after sailing parties and social gatherings and the Heineken Regatta 2014 will be no exception.  The parties are legendary and visitors and sailors alike will cram the island of Sint Maarten to hear steel drums, Soca rhythms and racing stories abound.  The regatta culminates with the famous prize giving ceremony on the final Sunday night.

For more details on the Heineken Regatta 2014 visit the Sint Maarten yacht Club

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Bay of Islands Sailing Week

Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2014

The dates for the 2014 Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Registration January 21.  Racing January 22, 23 and 24.

The Bay of Islands Sailing Week is a premier sailing regatta in New Zealand.  It takes place in the Bay of Islands which is situated in the Northland area of New Zealand.  It is an annual event taking place over three days and is open to keelers, multi-hulls, trailer sailers, sports and open keelboats.  Last year the regatta was awarded the President’s Award at the 2013 Volvo Yachting NZ Excellence awards.  This award recognises the work done by a yacht club, individual or organisation in promoting, supporting or developing the interests of yachting in New Zealand.

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Sailing Events

Some of the big sailing events coming up in May and June 2013:

Sailing Events US

The first on the sailing events list is Figawi Race Weekend, Hyannis, Massachusetts 25-27 May.  One of the premier sailing races on the East coast.  Also running this weekend but over on the West coast at Whiskeytown Lake is the Whisleytown Regatta, Whiskeytown Sailing Club, Redding, California.

June sees four main sailing events.  First up is the Lighthouse Charity Regatta, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from June 14-16, 2013 (Centerboards) and June 21 – 23, 2013 (Keelboats).   The charity recipients this year are The Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Center and The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs.  Next is Block Island Race Week, Storm Trysail Club, Block Island, Rhode Island from 23-28 June and last but not least the Long Beach Race Week, Long Beach Yacht Club & Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach, California.

Sailing Events UK

Two big events taking place during the same weekend 31 May to 2 June and on the same island is the Old Gaffers Festival, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.  Be taken back to a  bygone era and see hundreds of old gaffs.  Starting from Cowes at the top of the island is the infamous Round the Island Race where yachts compete to see who will make around the island first.

Sailing Events Europe

Three main events in Europe in June are Færderseilasen, Royal Norwegian Yacht Club, Oslo, Norway starting on 7 June.  Then it’s down to the Netherlands for the biggest catamaran race in the world Round Texel Race, Texel, on 15 June.  Not to be missed and billed as the biggest sailing event in the world is Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany running from 22 – 30 June

Sailing Events Rest of World

Two boat shows down under, the Melbourne Boat Show, Melbourne, Australia running from 14-17 June and then the  Adelaide Boat Show, Adelaide, Australia 20-23 June.

For details of other events happening around the world this year take a look at our Sailing Dates Blog

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