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Organising is well underway for the 2014 Line 7 Marine Port Nicholson Regatta so book the dates February 21-23 in your calendar now. This year we are expanding into a trailer yacht division so hope to have a number of visiting boats from Napier, New Plymouth and Taupo joining us for some competitive racing on the harbour.
The Cook Strait Classic to be sailed on 14 December is now open to all yachts and launches! This year, we are running the Cook Strait Classic not only for the Club's Offshore fleet, but also for the Club's inshore fleet and launches. While results will be calculated, the emphasis will be on fun, with a raft up at the other end somewhere off Tory Channel (Ngaruru Bay, Hitaua Bay, etc, as the weather allows). All yachts will be eligible for trophies.
For the inshore fleet, the safety requirements will be less stringent than for the offshore fleet. Essentially, they will be Cat 4 modified (see the attached notice of race). This is not overly onerous and you probably meet it already if you’re thinking about crossing the strait for Christmas/New Years. There will be a staggered start from 11am so that as many boats as possible will hit the rip at slack tide. We would also love to see the launches in the fleet come across.
As part of the partnership the club’s marquee sailing event will now be known as the Line 7 Marine Port Nicholson Regatta.
The 2013 Brothers Race proved to be one out of the box with champagne sailing conditions in the Cook Stait and plenty of tactics all the way there and back. The Race started at 0800 hours in a light southerly with a heavy overcast sky. With 13 starters (and finishers), the race was one of the best of the season so far (with more yet to come!).
In her first serious outing past the heads Blink has shown a glimpse of what is to come with an outstanding performance taking fastest time in the Island Bay Race. Not to be outdone Lizzie also had her first outing around to Island Bay since being restored. Find out the results and watch a video of the race on Blink here.
We are open for the 131st season. A large crowd gathered on opening day, first to watch the America's Cup racing and then regathered with our guests from the diplomatic community for the official opening of the club. After hearing from Commodore Geoff Herd and Wellington City Council portfolio leader for Sport and Recreation John Morrison the new burgee was broken and the season declared open. Unfortunately due to inclement weather the Ambassador's race had to be postponed and will now be resailed on the 1st of November.
Check out some photos here
Mark the dates now and book your annual leave – the Port Nicholson Regatta is on again from February 21 to 23 2014. Planning is well underway for yet another fantastic regatta on the water, with the Parishes confirmed as our race management team. Event manager Katie Hakes is also working on the off the water activities so watch this space for more updates.
Meanwhile ... have you ever wanted to help organise an event? Well have we got the opportunity for you!
Sunday dawned bright and breezy – and a collective sigh of relief was heard around Wellington by the skippers and crews who were champing at the bit as the 2013 Moore Wilson’s Winter Series entered in to ‘Reserve Day’ phase. The relief was visible on the faces of Race Officer Ken Burt and event organiser Paul Davies as a large number of club members and supporters met at the RPNYC at the crack of dawn to enjoy breakfast and to watch the Louis Vuitton racing. Collective gasps went out as ETNZ buried the bows at the top mark. With the second race called off – it was off to the Harbour to see what the Wellington breeze would provide for the fleet.
- One new and one old yacht arrive in Wellington
- Fully Crewed Racing - August 11th – “Another Day in the Office”
- Two Handed Race 3 – “Anyone can win this bad boy!”
- Two Handed Race 2 – “What could possibly go wrong?”
- Phillipa Durkin the weekend warrior
- The 2013 Moore Wilson’s Winter Series – "The weekend that delivered!"
- Fully Crewed Race Day 2 – “What a STUNNER!”
- Fully Crewed Race Day 1 – “It must be the Winter Series”
- The 130th RPNYC prizegiving in photos
- Lizzie is Boat of the Year
- Gucci is Cruising Boat of the Year
- Jim Gordon is Volunteer of the Year
- Mark Waters is Personality of the Year
- Cantilena takes out 2013 Commodore's Trophy
- Thank you to RPNYC fleet for their support of the Hebtro Trophy day
- Vice Commodore Davies wins Div 3 at the New Zealand Trailer Yacht Nationals
- The brothers race from onboard Nedax Racing
- And the winners are ....
- Leg three results for the Central Triangle Race
- Smooth and fast rides in the Brothers Race
- All boats have finished in the 2013 Central Triangle Race
- Boat Reports and Position Updates from the Central Triangle Race
- Photos of the start of leg 3 in Napier
- Leg two results for the Central Triangle Race
- Napier stopover begins for the 2013 Central Triangle Race
- Photos from the Akaroa stopover
- Leg one results for the Central Triangle Race
- All have made it to Akaroa, the end of the first leg of the Central Triangle Race
- Photos from the start of the Central Triangle Race
- Last minute preparations abound ahead of Central Triangle Race start
- And the winners at the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta are ...
- New Zealand IRC and PHRF champions crowned at the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta
- It is not all about the sailing at the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta
- Champagne sailing on day two at the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta
- Two races down and two tows home in the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta
- Central Triangle Update 1
- Port Nic puts in a strong showing at the 2013 Nelson Regatta
- Rocket Science takes out sports boat division at Bay of Islands Regatta
- Nelson Race - a drawn out affair this year
- Interest growing in the 2013 Two Handed Central Triangle Race