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December 2019

Newsletter of the Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand

Above: Viking (A1) reaching down the Tamaki Strait, 30 November 2019


Patio bay stunner

The last day in November proved to be the lucky day we had all been waiting for - in comparison with last year's washout - this year saw stunning weather, good breezes, and an absolutely lovely evening ashore at the Woolcott bach in Patio Bay.

An excellent fleet of classic launches were in the bay to watch the race fleet arrive, and by 4pm the whole bay was full of beautiful boats, with everyone enjoying a swim or just lapping up the sunshine.

As usual Alan Houghton over at Waitemata Woody's shot a wonderful photo essay of the whole day - you can check it out here

Patio Bay video - incase you missed it!

Courtesy of CYA videographer extraordinaire Roger Mills

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!

Sat 11 January          45th Annual Tall Ships and Classic Invitational Regatta - Russell
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

New members

A big welcome to our new members, great to have you on board with us! If you see these boats out on the water, please go over and say hi! We've included pictures of new members vessels below where possible.

Mike Cotton – SY TUCANA 
Kate Fitness – SY HINEMOA
Dan Bendall 

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

WANTED TO BUY  ..........from Lachlan Campbell

I am a teenager after some kind of wooden sailing vessel of any shape or size somewhere in the Auckland or Mangawhai area.
I have been looking to buy a sailing dinghy but any kind of boat would do just fine. I am after something that is in need of some work, as I have always wanted to restore a wooden boat - you will be selling to good hands. Budget around $1,000
Lachlan Campbell
021 089-24515   or

45th Annual Russell Boating Club Tall Ships and Classic Invitational Regatta

If you are heading north to the Bay of Islands this Christmas / New Year Holiday - lock this event in your calendar - on Saturday 11th January 2020 - this is a fabulous event! 

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. 

Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta – EARLYBIRD ENTRIES in for $1,000 CASH DRAW

Keelboat, launch and tugboat entries entered by 31 December 2019 will have their name in a draw to win $1,000 cash at the Prizegiving Tue 18 February. Skipper only can collect! Something for everyone in 2020 including a Classic Launch Race around the harbour.
Tugboats, Classic Launches, Keelboats, Dragon Boats, Dinghy classes – check out the website: or call 0800 REGATTA for further info.

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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