Racing Programme

RPNYC has a wide range of boats on the register who seek a wide range of racing styles. Our calendar consists of a number of races and series each with a distinct style. Full details are in the almanac, but each series or race is summarised below so you can choose what fits the type of racing you are seeking.

Lola Stays Rum Races

When: 18:15 on Friday evenings for the duration of Daylight Savings and generally finish by 9pm.
What: The race will be a short harbour course start at the club, designed to be a fun way to end the week and kick-start your weekend. There’s a bottle of rum up for grabs in the bar afterwards. Lola Stays Rum Races are open to members and non-members, new and experienced crew, friends and family, sailing on RPNYC yachts and visiting yachts.
See the Rum Races Programme

Twilight Series

When: 18:00 on Wednesday evenings over three consecutive weeks, starting mid-January, scheduled to provide summer evening entertainment or pre-Regatta training for boats and crew.
What: Multiple short races each evening with on-the-water starts right in front of the club and heading to the container terminal and back. Short quick-fire races where your start, tactics, and wind shifts will make or break your run for the podium. Give your starting and boat handling a tune up before the Regatta.
See the Twilight Series Programme

Two-Handed Series

When: 09:00 on Saturday mornings, before the the afternoon racing – we aim to have the last boat back before 11:30.
What: One short harbour race on each day, starting and finishing at the club before the afternoon sailing program.
See the Two-Handed Series Programme

Championship Series

When: 13:00 on Saturday afternoons.
What: Up to three races each day with a mix of windward-leeward, triangle, and harbour courses starting from the Point Jerningham start box. The races could finish at Point Jerningham or back at the Club. The races are organised into several short series that also combine to form the Championship Series so you can choose the campaign that suits you.
See the Championship Series Programme

Fleet Championship

When: Varies
What: The Latitude Race, Fitzroy Bay Race, and the two Island Bay Races – which are typically longer courses with a mix of windward, leeward, and reaching legs starting at the club and taking you anywhere in the harbour and sometimes beyond the entrance before coming back to the club – plus the Interclub Series races.
See the Fleet Championship Programme

At Home Series

When: 13:00 on Saturday afternoons aligned with the Offshore racing programme.
What: Longer harbour courses for boats not participating in the Offshore race that weekend.
See the At Home Series Programme

Invitation Races

When: Varies
What: An Invitation Race may be a race that is part of The Fleet Championship or it may be a standalone race. Races generally start from the club but they may finish anywhere in the harbour or back at the club. Some of these races require special criteria to be met, e.g. special guests to be hosted aboard; boat helmed by someone other than the regular driver; etc. Entry to an Invitation Race is free, though an entry form is required if the boat is not already entered for the Inshore Racing programme or a series that includes the race. Note: a boat participating in an Invitation Race with only an Invitation Race entry will only receive a score in the Invitation Race results.
See the Invitation Race Programme

Barton Marine Offshore Races

When: Races typically start two hours before high tide, so the day and time vary.
What: Usually starting at the club, all races leave Wellington Harbour. Some are one way, finishing at a destination beyond Wellington, while others return to finish at the Club. Each offshore race has its own style and instructions – for more information check out the race appendices.

2022 Central Triangle Fully Crewed and Two Handed
See the Barton Marine Offshore Race Programme

Interclub Series

When: These will be variously hosted by RPNYC, EBYMBC, and LBYC, so the day, the time, the start location and the style of the race can vary.
What: A boat’s combined scores from the Opening Day Races of each of the host clubs.
See the Interclub Racing Programme

Winter Series

When: 12:00 on alternate Sundays, beginning either one or two weeks after Queens Birthday Weekend.
What: The winter races can start from the club or Point Jerningham. Each race in the series gets progressively longer, so expect to spend some significant time on the water by the end of the series. On the off weekend you can still get your sailing fix by heading to Evans Bay or Lowry Bay.

Two-Handed Winter Series

When: 09:00 on Saturdays between the main Winter Series race dates.
Who: These races are open to RPNYC members on RPNYC yachts and members of any club on visiting yachts – but only two people are allowed on the boat.
What: Races start and finish at the club. Each race in the series gets progressively longer, so expect to spend some significant time on the water by the end of the series.