Full steam ahead for Auckland Ports Anniversary Regatta

The organizers of Auckland’s annual anniversary celebration on the water, the Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, remain confident that the event will go ahead as planned on Monday, January 31, 2022, even though Auckland remains “red” as part of COVID-19 protection.

“The regatta itself can take place under a red light,” explains Joyce Talbot, general manager of the regatta, “because for most fleets it is not necessary for the participants to assemble in the same place. People just get out on the water and race their boats the same day. And that’s the message we hope to get people across – Auckland has been locked up for so long, so this is a great opportunity to come and float your boat to celebrate the founding of the City of Sails. “

The 2022 regatta will mark the 182nd edition of the event, which has only been canceled once in its history, in the year 1900, due to the war in South Africa.

The Auckland Ports Anniversary Day Regatta today is very different from the early regattas of the 1800s, where only a handful of rowboats raced for a silver purse. Now, the event features ships of all shapes and sizes, including old and modern working tugs, beautiful classic yachts and speedboats, paddle-powered waka ama and dragon boats, skiffs and surfboards. foiling kites, and even radio controlled miniature yachts.

Joyce hopes the event will see more registrations than in previous years, especially among the racing keelboat fleets.

With the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Royal Akarana Yacht Club planning a regatta in Auckland the week before the anniversary weekend, it is likely that there will be more racing keelboats in the city on anniversary day than there are. Usually, as they would normally have traveled north for the time being canceled the Bay Of Islands Sailing Week regatta.

“We were very sad to see the cancellation of Bay of Islands Sailing Week,” says Joyce, “although that means there will likely be a lot more racing keelboats remaining for the anniversary weekend rather than heading north We are really keen to encourage as many of them as possible to join the race here on the anniversary day.

There are a few different options for keelboat sailors as well, with harbor races starting at Westhaven and passing races from various locations on the Hauraki Gulf.

There are a lot of prizes online, including cash prizes based on entries for podium positions, so the more entries the more the cash pot grows.

There is also a spot price of $ 1,000 for a skipper who registers before December 31st, so it pays to register early.

And of course, the collection of historical regatta trophies, which is permanently on display at the Maritime Museum, is also up for grabs.

For those who stay on dry land for the anniversary, watching the regatta is a centuries-old family tradition in the city. One of the best viewing spots is Westhaven, where the tug race will start at 10 a.m., the classic launch race at 11 a.m., and the classic and modern keelboat races start at noon.

Find out all the details on what to see, where to watch and how to participate in the regatta on the Auckland Ports Anniversary Day Regatta website: www.regatta.org.nz.

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