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2022 Mahurangi Regatta programme

by 31 Jan 2021About the Regatta, Regatta 20220 comments

Programme for the 2022 Mahurangi Regatta, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the regatta revival by Mahurangi Action, the 32nd anniversary of the Mahurangi Cruising Club as racing organiser, and Teak Construction’s 7th year as principal Mahurangi Regatta sponsor…

This 2022 programme is a work in progress; please bear with…

Teak Construction logo

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

2022 Regatta Day Saturday 29 January

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the regatta revival by Mahurangi Action, and the 180th Auckland Anniversary Day, day!
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

45th anniversary of regatta revival by Mahurangi Action
162nd 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 4.58 am (2.64 m from lowest astronomical tide level)
Low tide 11.06 am (0.73 m)
High tide 5.13 pm (2.64 m)
Low tide 11.36 pm (0.42 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 National – provisional only
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-after-the-regatta breakfast—but no ‘Up the Mahu!’*

High tide 6.01 am (2.72 metres from lowest astronomical tide level)

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, so substantially funded by central government, along with $5 million to mitigate Mahurangi catchment sediment generation.

Sunday morning Mahurangi Return Race
10.30 am
Classic B and Modern B
11 am
Classic A and Modern A
Sailing Instructions

Monday morning Mahurangi – Auckland Anniversary Regatta race

9 am
Keelboat passage race
2021 Auckland Anniversary Regatta schedule of events

  • Sign on the 2022 Mahurangi Regatta crew

    Saturday 29 January 2022 – always Auckland Anniversary weekend Saturday
    If you are potentially aboard for any of the roles listed below, please leave your name and email:

  • Mahurangi Regatta classic launch parade

    Craft muster off Scotts Landing at 10.15 am. Please register here, with the Classic Yacht Association: