Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021
Days till the Start
The race of a lifetime
The race will start on Sydney Harbour on 30 January 2021 and finish in Auckland Harbour in time to help the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron celebrate their 150th Anniversary and enjoy the 36th Americas Cup. This challenging Category 1 race is open to offshore cruising and racing yachts, Superyachts, ocean racing multihulls, as well as incorporating a rally for cruisers.
The program in Auckland 2021 will be diverse; yachts from around the world will gather including a fleet of J Class yachts, Superyachts, international classics fleet as well as the Prada Cup series and America’s Cup Match. There will no doubt be a party atmosphere as the country comes out to celebrate a famous club and the world’s most renowned yachting competition.
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Vice Commodore of the RNZYS, Aaron Young, says “2021 is a massive year for us at the RNZYS and will certainly go down as the biggest year in our history. It is fantastic to be able to get the Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race back on the sailing calendar and we are already incredibly impressed with the high calibre of yachts that have expressed their interest.”
“A race between these two sailing meccas is incredibly exciting, the historic rivalry between us will only add to draw sailors from both sides of the Tasman Sea as well as internationally to compete” enthuses RPAYC Commodore Michael Lockley. “Having recently been at the helm for the 150th Anniversary of the RPAYC the opportunity to join our great friends at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron to celebrate theirs is going to be fabulous. The two clubs have a great history of friendship, there is an enormous synergy in our ethos as well as our sailing programs.” “My passion is offshore yacht racing so I can’t wait to hit the start line” concludes Commodore Lockley.
Schedule of Events
- Welcome & Team briefing - TBA
- Race start: Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race, 30th January 2021
- 36th America's Cup, 6th-21st March 2021
RNZYS 150th Event Schedule
- Prada Cup / Challenger Series – January – February 2021
- Americas Cup 36 will run from March 6, 2021 – Emirates Team New Zealand will represent the RNZYS.
- J Class (120 ft plus classic racing yachts) will have their own regatta in Auckland during the America’s Cup period as well attending the Millenium Cup in the Bay of Islands
- A few of the 12M Class ex-America’s Cup boats such as the famous Kiwi Magic – KZ7 are looking at coming to Auckland
- 52 Super series – an invitation has been sent to the fleet inviting them to New Zealand for two regattas
- Classic Yacht Association NZ and Australia have been invited by RNZYS
Regatta Latest News
Further and long term berthing details are currently under negotiation with several NZL Marinas.
Registering your Yacht on the Australian general shipping register (Australian owned boats only)
Registering your yacht on the Australian general shipping register may take time so it is important to start the process early.
The following information and links will help you through the process
Extract from the Australian Government, Australian Maritime Safety Authority Website including links to register your yacht.
Ability to sail overseas
If you intend to take an Australian owned vessel overseas, then it must be Australian registered. It is an offence for an Australian-owned vessel to sail to a foreign port unless it is registered on the Australian general shipping register.
The only exception is if you are competing in an overseas yacht race, you must either:
If you purchase a vessel overseas, it is required to be registered before you sail or transport it to Australia.
We can advise you of the most efficient way to complete the application process, particularly when you are doing this from outside of Australia.
- What documents will I require?
- Application for registration form 168
- Declaration of ownership and nationality form 208
- Notice of appointment of registered agent form 157
- Builder's certificate or
- Statutory declaration for builder's certificate
- Bill of sale
- Ownership history
- The deletion/closure document (for vessels that have been on a foreign registry)
Link to the guide to registering your ship on the General Shipping Register:
Equipment and Sails Transportation
How do I get any cruising equipment and cruising sails to Auckland?
The following shipping options are available:
Container shipping –
Moonen Sydney to Auckland Race equipment shipping:
Equipment Drop Off Points:
- CYCA: Monday/Tuesday 25/26 January 0900-1700hrs
- MHYC: Wednesday 27 January 0900-1700hrs
- RSYS: Thursday 28 January 0900-1700hrs
- RPAYC: Friday 29 January 0900-1700hrs
Each Yacht must comply to New Zealand Entry and customs on arrival.
Each Crew Member must have:
- A valid passport, certificate of identity or other travel document
Before arrival an NZCS 340: Advance Notice of Arrival must be sent 24hours before to email@example.com
The following forms must also have been completed:
- Form C1B: Inward Report (small craft)
- Ministry of Primary Industries MPI: Masters Declaration
- Passenger Arrival Card for each person on board
- NZCS 337: Border Cash Report if anyone is carrying NZ$ 10000 or more in cash or equivalent
When you arrive in NZ waters you must call maritime Radio on 4125kHz, 6215kHz or VHF Ch16 and report to a customs port of entry.
In Auckland this will be Viaduct and Silo Marines if >24m or Westhaven Marina if <24m. Contact number for all: 029 296 1375.
When leaving NZ you must complete the following forms at least 4 hours before departure:
- Form C2B: Advance notice of departure (small craft)
- Form C3B: Certificate of clearance (small craft)
For more infomation click here to view the NZ government customs website.
An amendment to the AS Special Regualtions means that at least 50% of the crew (includign the skipper) must have completed 500nm of offshore racing including at least 2 nights at sea or an equivalent passage with the crew on the boat entered. The equivalent passage must be approved by the Race Committee
All boats have to carry a satellite phone on board which must be connected to a main power and have a spare battery. It must be able to SMS text messages and telephone calls. An ammendmant to the AS Sailing Regulations means that boats do not have to carry an HF Radio.
At least 2 crew members must have a Short Range Marine Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency, an equivalent or higher.
At least 50% of the crew (including the skipper) must have a current AS Safety and Sea Survival Certificate (SSSC) or equivlaent international qualification.
At least 2 crew members must have a current Applied First Aid Certificate, an equivalent or higher qualification.
Every boat must carry an up to date medical kit and manual (ie. Ship Captain's Medical Guide). The first aid kit must be stored in a waterproof container which must have the contents listed where they are visible without the container being opened.
There is a list of the required medical kit to be carried on the link to the Australian Sailing Website below.
A liferaft which can carry the total number of crew members must be carried and be in valid service date. this must be stored in a rigid container or dedicated locker on the working deck, cockpit or in open space. The raft must be capable of being taken to the lifelines or launched within 15 seconds.
For all liferafts, a GPS capable 406MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) registered with a national registration authority must be onboard. It must be stored in a dry, well marked location near the companionway, and extra EPIRBS can be packed into liferafts.
To view full list of Category 1 requirements view here
How do I enter the race?
The online race entry system is on Topyacht. Click here to enter now.
If you have an account already you can enter using your existing details.
Entries for the race close on the 01/12/2020. Make sure you have also submitted all your boat and crew details by this date.
Race Fees are detailed in the Notice of Race, click here to view.
Meeting Crew Eligibility
There must be a minimum of 4 crew members on board unless the boat is entered in the shorthanded division (min. 2 crew).
The minimum age of crew members is 16 (18 in the shorthanded division).
All crew members must be members of an Australian Sailing Affiliated Club or an international club affiliated with its correct MNA.
Submission entry, Documentation and Crew Details
Documents and crew details are submitted through the online entry system (Topyacht)
A boat may enter in any of the following handicap categories:
- PHS - including crusing and Short-Handed Divisions
Please note that Valid Rating and/or Class Certificates have to be submitted by 15/01/2021
IRC and ORC certificates validity
The IRC ans ORC crtificates must be valid for racing in Australia. This will be the 2020 certificate