Regatta Information

2019 Port Nicholson Regatta Programme

The intended racing programme and onshore programme is described below, and subject to change.

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Divisions: The following divisions are intended, with confirmation subject to entries:

  • Division A – IRC, PHRF, General Handicap
  • Division B – PHRF, General Handicap
  • Multihulls – General Handicap
  • Harbour Division (spinnaker) – General Handicap
  • White Sails Division (non-spinnaker) – General Handicap
  • Trailer Yachts and Sports Boats may be included in any appropriate division.

Regatta Racing: Regatta racing will start Friday morning with Div A, Div B, and Multihulls. Harbour and White Sails Divisions will race Saturday and Sunday only. Separate class starts will depend on entries. Different start/finish areas may be used for different divisions. Club starts are contemplated for the first race Saturday and Sunday. Pursuit and/or Mark Foy starts may be used in the Regatta.

Invitation Race: The Regatta will incorporate the traditional RPNYC “Ambassadors Race” with invited dignitaries and sponsors aboard competing yachts racing a short harbour course starting at RPNYC. The warning signal is scheduled for 1725 hours on Friday 22 February 2019. This race will be scored using General Handicap for applicable prizes, including the RPNYC Ambassadors Trophy but it will not be scored as part of the Regatta series.

Prizes: Prizes will be given for first, second, and third in each division on General Handicap, PHRF and/or Class Championship (if applicable). Trophies that are up for contest are:

  • The Ross Telford Memorial Trophy awarded to the Port Nicholson Regatta Champion
  • The Roger Land Trophy awarded to the Young 88 Class Champion
  • Division A PHRF Shield
  • Division B PHRF Shield

Additional Prizes are being finalised and will include:

  • Best Visiting Boat
  • Most Finishes in the Harbour Division and White Sails Division.

Thursday Regatta Dinner: This year the Port Nicholson Regatta briefing will be accompanied by a complementary light buffet dinner with wine supplied courtesy of Lawson’s Dry Hills. A complementary ticket will be provided for each skipper. It will be a convivial opportunity to hear more about the weekend ahead and catch up with old friends and rivals, and meet new ones.  Crew are welcome to attend, and additional meals may be purchased in advance from the Regatta website (no later than Sunday 17 February).

Friday and Saturday Meals: Dinner meals can be pre-purchased for Friday and Saturday evenings (orders close Sunday 17 February), with food available for purchase from the bar on Sunday. The team at Black and Gold have prepared a delicious menu for the Regatta which can accommodate many dietary requirements. The intended Friday Dinner menu: rustic breads, butter – Chilli plum chicken, orange, mint (gf) – Stir fried vegetable noodles, soy, ginger, coriander (v)(vegan) – Steamed rice, crispy shallots (v)(gf)(df).
The intended Saturday dinner menu: rustic breads, butter – Grilled bratwurst sausages, caramelised onion relish (gf) – Vegetable & feta lasagne (v) Parisianne potato puree (v).

Novelty Events: Following the popularity and ridiculousness of last year’s SOUP Race, novelty racing will feature again on Saturday.

Clyde Quay: In addition to the fantastic racing programme RPNYC and Wellington Ocean Sports (next to Freyberg Pool) will make equipment such as Stand Up Paddle boards available for use, in combination with novelty racing for guaranteed post-race amusement!

Marina Berths: Visiting yachts requiring marina berths are encouraged to make enquiries and bookings as
early as possible. See Chaffers Marina for more information.

Contact: Please email for more information or any queries.