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Sign on the 2024 shoreside Mahurangi Regatta crew

by 11 Jan 2023About the Regatta, Regatta 2024

Boarding the J Barry Ferguson

Also Serving the Volunteers: Rather than drive 72 kilometres there and back to Scotts Landing, in all kinds of diabolical anniversary-weekend traffic, folk volunteering at Sullivans Bay—from the 2024 regatta hence—get to nip across in style, aboard the workboat J Barry Ferguson—and vice versa, the volunteers from Scotts Landing. drone image Marek Planka

By signing on the shoreside events crew, Mahurangi Regatta lovers help carry forward a tradition dating at least as far back as that first recorded Mahurangi Harbour regatta: New Year’s Day 1858.

When Mahurangi Action revived the regatta in 1977, the committee members, most of who had lived through the Great Depression, were determined that it be a good old-fashioned, leave-your-wallet-at-home picnic regatta—they were mindful that parents often struggled, when their children were exposed to the allure of all manner of overpriced fairground food and confection, all the live-long day.

Serendipitously, when the regatta venues of Sullivans Bay and Scotts Landing later opened as regional parkland, the low-key, bring-your-own picnic meshed perfectly with the regional-park ethos. The result is a heaven-on-earth, where rural and metropolitan Aucklanders can live like royalty, on at least one day of the year.

From 2024 onward, the volunteer shoreside-regatta crew will enjoy an even richer experience, virtue of Mahurangi Action’s aluminium landing barge J Barry Ferguson joining the fray. Volunteers at Sullivans Bay, for example, will get to go to the prize-giving dance at Scotts Landing—similarly, stalwart free-regatta-shuttlebus drivers get to enjoy the picnic regatta at Sullivans Bay, before or after their sterling regatta-day transformation of Scotts Landing as a public-transport exemplar:

  • Sign on the 2024 Mahurangi Regatta shoreside crew

    Saturday 27 January 2024 – always Auckland Anniversary weekend Saturday
    If you are potentially aboard for any of the roles listed below, please leave your name and email:

Move away from that mouse After clicking the button above, this form takes an eternity to respond, but in all probability will indeed dutifully record your kind offer to help! If you fail to receive a response within 24 hours, please chase the shoreside-regatta-crew boatswain: crew@mahurangi.org.nz or +64 27 462 4872