Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron announces 2021 Three Kings offshore race – Live Sail Die


The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is delighted to announce an offshore race for 2021 – the RNZYS Three Kings Race to be held in November this year. This 500 nautical mile race will be open to only 40 yachts, including up to 20 short-crewed with only two skippers. The race will be Category 2 with advanced sea survival and first aid certifications recommended.

RNZYS has a long and extensive history of hosting offshore racing and is delighted to be able to include ocean racing in its 150th year. RNZYS Three Kings Offshore Race Director Scott Wilson said: “We are really looking forward to this race, it’s less than 6 months away and it’s a good opportunity for our fleet to stretch out. legs on 500 nm in an exciting race which will pose many challenges for the fleet, especially with the unpredictable conditions of November ”.

With the continued growth of two-man races, the RNZYS are pleased to have the support of the Short Handed Sailing Association of New Zealand (SSANZ) for this race. The Three Kings Race acts as an excellent lead to the SSANZ 2022 North Triangle and 2023 Round North Island, and could be used to qualify for the RNI. Two-man races are quickly gaining popularity in New Zealand due to the challenging nature of the race, managing not only the boat but also the element of endurance for each skipper and ensuring that you get the best possible speeds in all. conditions. Seeing how the two-handed competitors go against the fully crewed fleet will be fascinating.

The last Three Kings Race was hosted by the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in February 2013 under mostly light conditions, with RNZYS member Quintin Fowler’s Outrageous Fortune taking the line honors in the monohull division in 3 days and 17 hours, with Vodafone belonging to Simon Hull will line up in the Multihull Division to finish in 1 day 19 hours.

Departing from Westhaven on Thursday November 18 and heading north, the yachts will pass Cape Reinga and head for the Three Kings across the difficult strip of water where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea converge. The fleet will then battle it out to see who can be first around the cluster of islands traditionally known for their diving and excellent fishing, before turning the corner and hoping for a quick return home, rather than a long one. climb until the finish.

Registration is open to keelboats of 8.4 m and over and multihulls of 10 m and over that meet the entry criteria. Registrations will open at 7:00 p.m. on July 4 and the RNZYS expects strong support for this race. In the event of a full sale, a waiting list system will be applied.

The race will use the YellowBrick tracking system, providing subscribers with live position tracking reports, and many yachts intending to participate will provide onboard updates which will be shared with our subscribers via the RNZYS Auckland Facebook page. to Three Kings Offshore Race.

More details via the event website page HERE

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