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2021 Mahurangi Regatta programme

by 30 Jan 2021Regatta 20210 comments

Teak Construction logo

Teak Construction, principal sponsor
solidly resourcing the Mahurangi Regatta
for the sixth year of a nine-year undertaking.

2021 Regatta Day Saturday 30 January

Celebrating the 44th anniversary of the regatta revival by Mahurangi Action, and contributing positively Mahu-style, to the 36th America’s Cup, and the peaceful inauguration of the 46th president of the United States!
Sailing organiser, since 1990, is the Mahurangi Cruising Club.

Mahurangi Cruising Club 2020 yearbook cover

Key-to-the-Door 21at Anniversary Edition: Available from Paper Plus, New World, Mobil and Forget Me Not Florists, Warkworth, Gull Service Station and The Food Market, Snells Beach, and Matakana Bookshop. cover Mahurangi Cruising Club

Friday Night-Race to Mahurangi

3 pm
Classic A and Modern Classics
3.05 pm
Classic B and Woollacott Series
3.10 pm
B Division – Hyslop Cup
6 pm
A Division – Barometer Trophy
Sailing Instructions
Anchorage note

Mahurangi Regatta

44th anniversary of regatta revival by Mahurangi Action
161st anniversary of the first-recorded Mahurangi Regatta
Generally held at Sullivans Bay*
*In the event of strong easterly wind, sailing entries will be taken at Scotts Landing
*In the event of strong easterly wind and/or heavy rain, shoreside events will be cancelled.
High tide 9.20 am (1.21 m above mean level of sea)
Low tide 3.31 pm (-1.02 m)
High tide 9.32 pm (1.06 m)

9–9.30 am
Registrations for Classic Launch Parade. Craft depart Scotts Landing 10.00 am
9–11.30 am
Entries for sailing events noted when, a week out, the forecast was for strong easterlies. In the event, all shoreside entries were taken, it is standard practice, at Sullivans Baypossibly only online or at Scotts Landing
9–11 am
Launching of trailered boats entered in regatta, at Sullivans Bay
10.20 am
Augustin sea kayak race
10.25 am
Master of the Mahurangi
10.30 am
Classic Launch Parade—best viewed, and commentary heard, from southern half of beach
11 am
Shoreside events begin—swimming, kayak, open (sit-on) kayak, and, possibly, dinghy, blindfold boat, lost-the-dinghy-oars, rowed inflatable, water run etc. (enter by presenting at starting line)
Sailing events commence:
2021 Notice of Regatta
Sailing Instructions
Course for strong easterlies
channel 77
12.40 pm
Te Haupa Trophy
Smokefree logo

Mahurangi Regional Park and all 28 other region parks are smoke free. Next challenge, fossil-free, might not be quite so easy.

12.50 pm
Sailing dinghy classes – Frostbites, Mistrals and Zephers
1.00 pm
1.20 pm
Mahurangi Cup, L-Classmullet boats, and Traditional Spirit Trophy
1.40 pm
Mid-Century Classics – modern classics
12.30 pm–1.30 pm
Sand sculpture. Divisions for under 7 years, 7 to 11 years, 12 to 16 years, adults
1.30 pm
Shoreside events resume: running, sack, three-legged races—and any other event suggested that seems a good idea at the time! (enter by presenting at starting line)
3.30 pm–4.30 pm
Retrieval of trailered boats entered in regatta, at Sullivans Bay
3.30 pm
4.00 pm
Humongous annual egg-throwing competition
Seasonal call for volunteers

Seasonal plea for volunteers sign annotation Mahurangi Magazine

Mahurangi Regatta Prize-Giving and Dance

Held at Scotts Landing
Revived by Mahurangi Action in 2004 in the form of a regatta ball as the grand finale of Warkworth’s 150th celebrations, then as a prize-giving dance—the traditional format—from the following year. In 2011, ex-tropical cyclone Wilma cancelled the regatta, and in 2012 a combination of mediocre weather and a lack of financial support precluded the event, but from 2014, largely thanks to the support of Auckland Council’s regional events fund, and finally from 2016 thanks to the long-term commitment of a significant sponsor—Teak Construction—the future of the prize-giving dance, and the regatta itself, is now secure.

Free use of gas barbecues—no ‘bar and burgers’ since 2010

There is no longer a cash bar nor burgers for sale. From 2013, the format returned to that of the prize-giving dance that prevailed before the regatta lapsed during World War II, when it was on bring-your-own basis. This makes the event much less financially risky, particularly when wild and/or wet weather intervenes, as it did, spectacularly, in 2011.

8 am
Free morning-to-midnight Scotts Landing regatta shuttle commences operation. Primary run is the two kilometres of Ridge Road between paddock parking 125 metres north of Charles Street, and the landing, but the free shuttle will pick up and drop off anywhere within the Scotts Landing area. Closer to the date, see below for drivers’ cell phone numbers.
6 pm
Prize-giving dance commences, with musicians from the West City Jazz Orchestra
8 pm
Prize giving
8.30 pm
or thereabouts—prize-giving dance resumes, with the full West City Jazz Orchestra resumes
11 pm
Last dance
12 am
Last run by free regatta shuttle from Scotts Landing, all the way—for those who need it—to Mahurangi West.
Free-regatta-shuttle drivers and cells
8 am–12 pm
Peter Seers +64 21 373 835
12–2 pm
George Ireland +64 21 642 813
2–4 pm
Stuart Windross +64 27 863 3191
4–6 pm
Mark Croft +64 21 632 240
6–8 pm
Barry Mein +64  21 654 280kindly retiring Mahurangi West resident Lex Marshall, who has been risking life and limb kayaking home across the harbour, after dark
8–10 pm
Tim Gordon +64 21 190 7559
10 pm–midnight
Nick Dibley +64 21 238 3389kindly retiring regatta director Cimino Cole, desperate to delegate this role
Sunday morning Mahurangi Return Race
10.30 am
Classic B and Modern B
11 am
Classic A and Modern A
Sailing Instructions


Sunday, morning-after-the-regatta breakfast—but no ‘Up the Mahu!’*

High tide 9.16 am (1.15 metres above mean level of sea)

9 am
Morning-after breakfast hosted by Panmure Yacht & Boating and Richmond Yacht clubs, and Lidgard Sails

 *Only two good 2020 tides The 2020s will see only two good Up-the-Mahu tides—2023 and 2026. This underlines the significance of the Mahurangi River Restoration Trust’s work to restore all-tide navigability to the tidehead town of Warkworth—but unless central government steps in to support this community-funded initiative…

  • Sign on the 2025 Mahurangi Regatta shoreside crew

    Saturday 25 January 2025 – always Auckland Anniversary weekend Saturday
    Please note that some of these roles are being reviewed, following some fruitful improvision at the 2024 Mahurangi Regatta. If you are potentially aboard for any of the roles listed below, please leave your name and email:

  • 2024 Mahurangi Regatta classic launch parade

    You may register here—your registration will be forwarded to the Classic Yacht Association: