The Marsden Cove Marina Route 66 is Richmond Yacht Club’s ‘short’ coastal race – 66nm from Auckland to Marsden Cove, Whangarei.
Organised in association with the Onerahi Yacht Club, the race on March 3 includes open keeler, multihull and the ‘Route 1′ singlehanded divisions. With a 9am start, partcipants are expected to finish Friday by evening with time to join in the party at Marsden Cove Marina.
It's a great introduction to coastal racing for new boats as the safety requirements are Cat 4+ and the fleet stays within the Barrier Islands. Berthage is provided at Marsden Cove and the marina can accommodate multihulls with ease.
Party, breakfast and prizegiving
The dock party after the race is always memorable. OYC cooks up a fantastic breakfast from 7am and the prizegiving follows soon after.
Party at Kawau on Saturday night
After the success of the 2016 event, there are plans for a party for returning boats at Kawau Boating Club on Saturday night.