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January 2020

Newsletter of the Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand

Anniversary Weekend is here!

The wait is over! Another fantastic classic weekend is here! Join us for the 43rd Mahurangi Regatta and the
180th Auckland Anniversary Regatta, 24 - 27 January 2020

For full details for both race events and social events see our website here

If you have never been to Mahurangi before, then make sure you do this year - it promises to be another spectacular weekend. The launch parade is back - bigger than ever - and the Prohibition Band are sure to put on another big night under the marquee at Scott's Landing. There's road access to both Sullivan's Bay and Scott's Landing for friends and family to join in. See you there!


The Night Race to Mahurangi kicks the weekend off, Saturday sees the Classic Launch Parade & Regatta at Mahurangi, Sunday Mahurangi return race to Auckland and Monday Auckland’s Birthday celebration, the Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta on the harbour for yachts, launches, tugboats and pretty much every else that floats!

Enter online here


All welcome to join us for the annual Classic Launch Parade at Mahurangi on Saturday 25 January. Assemble at Scotts Landing at 1015hrs for two loops of the course around Sullivans Bay.

Mahurangi Launch Parade Registration to:
ANNIVERSARY REGATTA CLASSIC LAUNCH RACE  – looking forward to a fabulous race on the harbour on Anniversary Day .........enter here:


Kennedy Bay - 8 February 2020

Mark Feb 8 as the day to attend this outstanding event

The CYA brings you the Allpress Kennedy Bay Classic Yacht Race and on-shore after party.

Proudly sponsored by Allpress Espresso and supported by Fosters Ship Chandlery

Invited are all members of the CYA and the Waiheke Yacht Club

What's on offer ashore
Act 1 ‘The Caitlin Smith Quartet”
Act 2 “Roberta Plant and her Pageboys”
Act 3 “Paul Symons”
Spot prizes
3 x $ 200 Harken/Fosters vouchers and Allpress spot prizes available to all who register their boats as attending - launch or yacht!!
To enter
Enter the CYA or Waiheke Boating Club yacht race finishing off Kennedy Bay on the day. Not racing?? Or just cruising down?? Register your vessel (yacht or launch) by Feb 6 and pay a $20 ticket fee to the CYA and bring your team to the party and be in with a chance to win the spot prizes at the prize giving.

Upcoming events

Make sure you get these in your diaries!

Fri 24 January           Mahurangi Night Race
Sat 25 January          Mahurangi Regatta & Launch Parade
Sun 26 January         Mahurangi Return Race
Mon 27 January        Ports of Auckland Anniversary Regatta & Launch Race
Sun 2 February         Riverhead Launch Cruise
Sat 8 February          Kennedy Bay Race, Cruise, & Party
Sat 22 February        DYC Duder Cup Race
Fri 6 – Sun 8 March   2020 ABD Group Classic Yacht regatta

Full details of events are available online

Next club night - Tuesday 11 February

...from 7.00pm in the Members Bar at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron and featuring the Squadron’s popular $15.00 ‘Curry Night. Note the slightly later time aligning with the later finish of the committee meeting
We are looking forward to seeing you there. Our Members Nights are well supported which is awesome to see, so if you haven’t been lately, do come along and join us. Partners are very welcome and a special message to new members:
New members, please ask for a committee member to be made known to you so they can introduce you to other members.

Cash bar and food available in the Members Bar – Eftpos available

Membership Subs and Vessel Register

And a big thank you to all who have paid their 2019-20 subs already……a reminder for those who haven’t - they are now overdue.  If you require another invoice please let us know:
The 2020 Classic Vessel Register is due out this month and will be posted to all paid up members

2020 Classic Yacht Regatta

News & views

Your contributions and ideas are very welcome  - do let us know if you are restoring a vessel, planning an event or would just like to share a classic experience with us. We would LOVE to hear from you and share your story. 

For Sale & Classified

Check out our classifieds page online - a place for those looking to buy, sell, rent, give away, or generally do anything with their classic boat. Want to add a listing? Get in contact with us

Latest Listings: CARA, a 1977 yacht built using Des Townson's drawings for his yacht Dreamtime. As Des is quoted as saying in the recently published book "Des Townson - A Sailing Legacy": "Bruno Zanderigo built Cara from these drawings and that was a beautiful boat".   Check out the details on our classifieds page. 

CYA contact details

Secretary: Joyce Talbot
Yacht Captain: Andy Ball
Launch Captain: Simon Ventura

The Classic Yacht Association is proudly supported and sponsored by the following organisations

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