Regatta Information

2019 Port Nicholson Regatta Programme


  • Registration
  • Dinner (1800hrs)
  • Regatta Briefing (1830hrs)


  • Regatta Racing
  • Ambassadors’ Trophy Race
  • Dinner (1830hrs – 2030hrs)
  • Results (1930hrs)


  • Regatta Racing
  • Novelty Race (onshore – 1730hrs)
  • Dinner (1830hrs – 2000hrs)
  • Results (1830hrs)


  • Regatta Racing
  • Prize Giving (asap after Racing)


  • Division C – Multihulls – General Handicap
  • Division A – IRC, PHRF, General Handicap
  • Division B – PHRF, General Handicap

Regatta Racing: Regatta racing will start Friday morning with Div A, Div B, and Multihulls. Different start/finish areas may be used for different divisions. Starts near RPNYC are contemplated for the first race of each day.

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:

  • Ross Telford Memorial Trophy: awarded to the Port Nicholson Regatta Champion
  • Roger Land Trophy: awarded to the first on line Young 88 designed boat
  • Young 88 Trophy: awarded to the first on handicap Young 88 designed boat, with owner/helm.
  • Division A PHRF Shield: awarded to the winner on PHRF in Division A
  • Division B PHRF Shield: awarded to the winner on PHRF in Division B

There will be an award for Best Visiting Boat.

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.