It's bigger than rugby's Ranfurly Shield and equally impressive and at the end of April the Wihau Shield for P Class sailors will once again be up for grabs.
Greg Wright took out the opening race when the Zephyr national championships got underway at his local club the Worser Bay Boating Club club yesterday.
Entries have been received from Australia, Tahiti, New Caledonia as well as throughout New Zealand for next month's 2018 Toyota Optimist National Championships in Picton.
Thomas and Mason Mulcahy took out the big ones at the recent Interislander Regatta.
Participants from the Opua, Kerikeri and Whangarei Cruising Clubs ensured a full house for Northland's successful keelboat coach course held in Opua recently.
In our regular feature on the regions, Michael Brown looks at what's been going on in the southern region.
Derek Snow proved age is no barrier when he took out the 3.7 national championships at Wakatere recently as well as the veteran trophy and grand veteran medal.
A number of changes will be made to Yachting New Zealand's NZCT Regional Support Officer (RSO) programme following a review towards the end of last year.
This year's New Zealand Commodores Conference will be held at the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club in Auckland on Saturday, June 9, so mark it in your diaries.
Entires are open for the Oki 24 Hour Race on Lake Pupuke on March 3-4.