Bay of Islands Sailing Week is just days away!

The time is fast approaching – we’re now just a week away from three days of exciting, competitive and fun racing in the beautiful Bay of Islands. 

Our entry list now totals 91, plus eight superyachts in the Millennium Cup, taking the overall total to just shy of 100. A staggering 50 boats have opted to enjoy longer passage races in the Island Racing divisions – and why wouldn’t you, when the Bay of Islands makes such a spectacular race course? Entries will be accepted right up until registration on Tuesday 24th, so there’s still time to join the fun.

On-water umpiring is back

This year we’ll have on-water umpires again on some courses. On these courses, if you are protested for an alleged breach of Part 2 or Rule 31 of the Racing Rules, you have the option of taking a ‘one turn penalty’ voluntarily, or leaving it for the umpires to decide, in which case you risk a ‘two turn penalty’, or a Protest Hearing ashore. The choice is yours – happy sailing!

Car parking at Opua – a warning!

Due to ongoing construction work at Opua Marina, car parking is at an all-time premium, and you should NOT rely on being able to find a car park at the marina to go racing each day. Our advice is to car pool where you can, and/or use a local taxi service to get to Opua.

Best Dressed Crew Prize

Wednesday is the day to break out your best duds and wow us with your wearable creations. We’ll be awarding a prize to the Best Dressed Crew on Wednesday evening at the North Sails/Southern Spars Marquee. On the same night, NZL Yachting Trust will be ‘shouting the bar’ in return for your ears (just briefly), so come along from 6pm to join the party.

Room for one more?

Our Crew Available list is growing, and it would be great to get everyone out on the water if we can, so take a look at list and see if you have room for another hard-working crew on your boat.

See you next week!

Remember the Bay of Islands Sailing Week Committee is here for you, so please get in touch if you have any special requests.