16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021

30 January

Join the race to the America's Cup

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) together with The Royal NewZealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) invite competitors to participate in the Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race 2021.

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.

The RPAYC are looking for sponsors for the race and believe that the opportunity to be involved will be an exciting one particularly for those operating across the Tasman.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities contact: marketing@rpayc.com.au  

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
  • Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race, 30th January 2021
  • 36th America's Cup, 6th-21st March 2021

Other events

Events will include:
  • 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

Days till the Start


Latest News

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Prev Next

Free: Upskilling Race Seminars & On Water Training

23 Oct 2019

Free: Upskilling Race Seminars & On Water TrainingCome along to the new RPAYC Upskilling Race Seminars & Expert Coaching led by Rob Brown for keelboats. Dates:   Oct 25th Friday: 6.00 – 7.30pm...

Read more

Licence Plate Recognition Camera

23 Oct 2019

The Club is pleased to announce that the Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) access to the lower car park is now operating. The LPR cameras provide Members the benefit of express entry...

Read more

RPAYC Golf Day 2019

23 Oct 2019

The annual Club Golf Day was held at Bayview Golf Club on Friday October 18. Ten teams competed and the First Prize for Men was taken out by Team “Scoot” (Scott...

Read more

A terrific statesman of yachting had Australian Sailing's Lifetime Achievement Award

22 Oct 2019

Not Dead...by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS 21 Oct 08:00 AEDT John McConaghy with his Lifetime Achievement Award © Gregg Porteous  A terrific statesman of yachting had Australian Sailing's Lifetime Achievement Award...

Read more

RPAYC winners at the 2019 Australian Sailing Awards

19 Oct 2019

Australian Sailing Awards 201918-10-19What a night for Sailing, with a full house at the Sofitel Hotel Darling Harbour the 2019 Australian Sailing Awards night commenced with a spectacular video display...

Read more

Australian Sailing welcomes Suzanne Davies to the board

19 Oct 2019

Australian Sailing is pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Davies as an interim appointment to the board.Davies brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of sailing clubs, having spent...

Read more

Re-Discover Windsurfing

19 Oct 2019

The new club Windsurfer LTs were launched on Friday 18th October with a round of short sprint racing to the north of Bayview. Following a quick briefing and welcome to...

Read more

The 2020 Hansa SKUD18 Australian National Championships will be held at 2020 Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta SYC

18 Oct 2019

 ITS OFFICIAL – THE 2020 Hansa SKUD18 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BE HELD AT 2020 Bartercard Sail Paradise RegattaIts official, the "2020 Hansa SKUD18Australian National Championships" is approved by the...

Read more

2019 RPAYC Member Survey

11 Oct 2019

An invitation to participate in RPAYC's 5th biennial member survey will be emailed to all RPAYC members, over the age of 18, on Monday 14 October 2019 by independent research company, Taverner Research. The...

Read more

Subscribe to the Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race


* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from RPAYC:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Contact Us


The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

Membership, including family membership is now available.

Upcoming Events

Weather Links

Check the latest conditions:

Welcome to RPAYC