The 17th edition of the CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week regatta will be held from January 22-25, 2019.
Bay of Islands Sailing Week
It's not often a 12-year-old gets to helm a keelboat in a fleet race but that's exactly what happened at the CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week yesterday.
There were some close tussles in the big boat divisions as the CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week got off to a good start in sweltering conditions.
Simon van Velthooven calls himself an “enthusiastic weekend warrior” these days as he continues his transformation from Olympic cyclist to bona fide sailor.
Amid fears that windward leeward racing may be on its last legs, the growing entry list for B division at CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2018 shows there’s renewed interest in high performance, competitive racing outside the TP52 fleet.
For the 500 Auckland-based sailors who travel north to compete in the annual CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week regatta, the passage home can be an arduous affair.
Tawera took line honours for a third consecutive day in the Bay of Islands last weekend to win the 2017 New Zealand Millennium Cup.
The Bay of Islands Sailing Week regatta is the biggest event of its kind in New Zealand and was described by yachting commentator Peter Montgomery last year as "the best big boat regatta" in the country.
As one of the premier yachting events in the Southern Hemisphere, Bay of Islands Sailing Week regularly attracts around 100 boats and 1000 sailors from around New Zealand and overseas. The ethos of the regatta is one of all-inclusive and fun racing, where boats of all shapes and sizes - from sports boats to superyachts - can compete.
The year 2017 will be a special one for Bay of Islands Sailing Week, as the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand turns 15 years old this month.
The first Bay of Islands Sailing Week regatta was held in 2003, with 39 boats competing across four divisions. The idea for the regatta came from Opua couple Tony and Nina Kiff, and the event's aim is still just as Tony described it in 2003: "to offer sailors a yachting event for keelboats, trailer yachts and sports boats, while showcasing the Bay of Islands as a magnificent sailing and holiday destination."
The Bay of Islands Sailing Week is just around the corner and here is a rundown of what you need to know.