About Us

In May 2002 an inaugural committee was founded for Bay of Islands Sailing Week Inc. With a $500 loan from each of the four Bay of Islands boating clubs and a $5000 grant from the Far North District Council – the first regatta was underway with Tony Kiff as Chairman, Nina Kiff, Treasurer; Lorraine Kite, Secretary, Paul Karl, OCC rep, David Hope-Lewis, BOIYC rep, Lawrence Scott, RBC rep and Ray Haslar, KCC rep.

The Bay of Islands Sailing Week is run by volunteers.  During the actual race week there can be up to sixty people giving their time and energy, resulting in one of the best regattas in New Zealand, efficiently run like a well oiled clock.  The current Bay of Islands Sailing Week committee is chaired by John Grant with efficient and experienced committee members: Andrew Riddell, David Hope-Lewis, Melanie McDiarmid, Lesley Haslar, Ray Haslar and Helen Horrocks. A dedicated and well rounded group, bringing racing of an international standard to the New Zealand sailing community.

2017 is the 15th year of the Bay Regatta. The Bay of Islands Sailing Week is here to stay with new and exciting innovations every year.

Committee Members

Name Role Phone Mobile
John Grant Chairman 09 403 8231 --
Ray Haslar Regatta Advisor 09 407 3092 0274 598 230
Helen Horrocks Publicity and Media Liaison -- 0211 583 199
Andrew Riddell Race Administrator and Advisor 09 403 7177 022 12 66 232
David Hope-Lewis Bar Manager -- --
Lesley Haslar Regatta Ramblings editor 09 407 3092 --
Melanie MacDiarmid Administrator 09 407 6911 021 025 39395