Regatta Information

Race Officers

John and Linda Parrish will be the Race Officers for the 2018 Port Nicholson Regatta.

Racing and Social Programme Overview

Racing and Social Programme Overview

Date Racing
NB: time indicates first warning signal
Onshore and Social
Thursday 22nd February 1600-1800hrs – Registration
1830hrs – Briefing
1900hrs – Opening Dinner with Guest Speaker (Rod Davis) – Limited Tickets Available
Friday 23rd February 1000hrs – Opening Invitation Race with sponsors and invited guests on board
1355hrs – Afternoon sprint racing
1200-1700hrs – Clyde Quay activities
1800hrs – Day one race results
1900hrs – Dinner (tickets for purchase)
Saturday 24th February 0925hrs – First race starts at RPNYC 1000-1700hrs – Clyde Quay Activities
1800hrs – Day two race results
1900hrs – Dinner (tickets for purchase)
2000hrs – Regatta Party
Sunday 25th February 0955hrs – First race 1700hrs – Prize Giving

Note: Times are indicative only and subject to change

Regatta Opening Dinner and Guest Speaker

The Port Nicholson Regatta will feature a formal Regatta Dinner for skippers, with a special guest speaker. We are honoured that Rod Davis (Olympic and America’s Cup legend) will be joining us to share his unique insights and experience on a sport we enjoy so much.  You can read a brief bio on Rod and his talk on the guest speaker page.

Get your ticket! All Race Entries received before 3rd December 2017 will receive a complimentary ticket to the Regatta Dinner with Rod Davis. Additional tickets will be made available for purchase after 1 December 2017.


The following divisions have been proposed, subject to entries:

  • Divisons 1 – 3
  • Young 88
  • E5.9
  • Trailer Yachts
  • Harbour (Non Spinnaker)

Prizes & Trophies

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

Additional Prizes are being finalised and will be announced soon.

Clyde Quay Entertainment

In addition to the fantastic racing programme being planned this year, RPNYC and the Wellington Ocean Sports centre (next to Freyberg Pool) will make equipment such as Stand Up Paddle boards, and potentially small sailing dinghies (e.g. optimists), and radio controlled model yachts available for use.
This is sure to provide some post-race amusement for skippers and crew!

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The Club Wardroom will be open and coffee will be available from early each morning. Breakfast options are being explored and will be publicised when confirmed.
Pre-packed lunches will be available for order each day. Details will be confirmed later.
Dinner will be available for purchase on Friday and Saturday evening.


Accor Hotels have generously extended preferential pricing options to all visitors participating in the Port Nicholson Regatta. This offer extends to a range of hotels and more more details are available here.

Marina Berths

Visiting yachts requiring marina berths are encouraged to make enquiries and bookings as early as possible. Local marinas are:
Chaffers Marina
Evans Bay Marina
Seaview Marina