Regatta Information

The Programme

Port Nicholson Regatta is an action packed weekend on and off the water. Start your day with an early breakfast at Lola Stays across the road (tell them you’re attending the regatta to get 10% off your bill), return to the Club after a day on the water for prizes and giveaways, dinner, and the all-important results, before indulging in post-race analysis over refreshments with other competitors.

Come join us – you should be here!

    • 1500 Registration in the Board Room (upstairs)
    • 1530 Wine sampling with Lawson’s Dry Hills (runs through the afternoon)
    • 1700 Briefing at the Club Wardroom for the Lawson’s Dry Hills Charity Cup Race: Skippers and guests meet and go racing!
    • 1755 Charity Cup Race (pursuit start)
    • 2000 (approx) Charity Cup Prize Giving and presentation to Wellington City Mission, with complimentary food and wine from Lawson’s Dry Hills.
  • Race Day 1

    • 1025 Racing – first warning signal – refer to the Sailing Instructions for details.
    • 1500 Club Bar open showing Prada Cup (live) and serving your favourite drinks, including Lawson’s Dry Hills wines, Mount Gay rum, and Waitoa beer.
    • 1730 Fundraising BBQ hosted by Wellington Youth Sailing Trust, bar meals also available.
    • 1800 Race Results and Awards.
  • Race Day 2

    • 1025 Racing – first warning signal – refer to the Sailing Instructions for details.
    • 1500 Club Bar open showing Prada Cup (live – if racing)  and serving your favourite drinks, including Lawson’s Dry Hills wines, Mount Gay rum, and Waitoa beer.
    • 1730 Charcoal lamb/beef and paella dinner (vegan option too).
    • 1800 Race Results and Awards.
  • Race Day 3

    • 0700 – 1100 Oriental Parade closed for ‘Round the Bays’ (see below for access arrangements)
    • 0700 Breakfast available at Lola Stays with 10% discount.
    • 1025 Racing – first warning signal – refer to the Sailing Instructions for details.
    • 1500 Club Bar open showing Prada Cup (live – if racing)  and serving your favourite drinks, including Lawson’s Dry Hills wines, Mount Gay rum, and Waitoa beer.
    • 1730 (approx) Regatta Prize Giving and final results (will follow Prada Cup, if racing).

Lawson’s Dry Hills Charity Cup Invitation Race

Airship, winner of the inaugural Charity Cup Invitation Race in 2020

Ongoing supporter of the Regatta, Lawson’s Dry Hills, hosts the Charity Cup Invitation Race again this year. It’s an opportunity for entrants to participate in a short pursuit race for the Charity Cup. The race will be held in the early evening with invited guests aboard participating yachts in support of Wellington City Mission. Before racing, Lawson’s Dry Hills will be providing a selection of their wines to sample, then after racing come join us at the Club for prizes, donations, and complimentary canapes and Lawson’s Dry Hills wine. The perfect start to our regatta weekend!

Marina Berths

A limited number of berths at Chaffers Marina have been reserved for boats entered in the Port Nicholson Regatta. Boats must comply with Chaffers Marina requirements (e.g. insurance and cleaning) and make arrangements directly with Chaffers Marina once entry has been confirmed. Please contact us if you need further information.

Not a Member? Not a Problem!

If you want to sail and are not already a member of a club affiliated to Yachting New Zealand we are delighted to offer membership of Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club for the duration of the Regatta. This will entitle you to use of club facilities and ensure compliance with crew eligibility requirements during the Regatta.

COVID-19

Should there be any COVID restrictions imposed by the New Zealand Government immediately prior to, or at the time of the Regatta, the Organising Authority will consider carefully the appropriate response, and notify all participants as soon as any decisions are made. In the event of a cancellation, you may choose to carry your entry fees over to the 2022 Regatta or request a refund.

We are very hopeful that New Zealanders continue to respond with care for each other and the
country, and we will not find ourselves in this position.

Round the Bays Event – Access to Marina

The annual Wellington Round the Bays event is also on Sunday 21 February and will see a number of road closures around the waterfront, including Oriental Parade and Evans Bay Parade from 7:15 am.

Oriental Parade temporary access (prior arrangement required)

Vehicles access Oriental Parade through Cable Street from Chaffers Street at the following times:

  • 7:15 am to 7:30 am (pre-event)
  • 8:15 am to 8:25 am (window 1)
  • 9:00 am to 9:10 am (window 2)
  • 11:00 am, road reopens (earlier if possible)

Evans Bay temporary access (prior arrangement required)

Vehicles access Evans Bay Parade through Belvedere Road at the following times:

  • 7:15 am to 7:40 am (pre-event)
  • 8:35 am to 8:40 am (window 1)
  • 9:20 am to 9:25 am (window 2)
  • 12:00 pm, road reopens (earlier if possible)

Arrange for access

You can gain access to closed road at the above times if you make a request in advance by emailing roundthebays@sportwellington.org.nz.

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