+64 27 462 4872 editor@mahurangi.org.nz

The Mahurangi Magazine

Select Page

Mahurangi Regatta 2024 programme

Regatta 2024

Quayside Boatyard logo

Quayside Boatyard, initial sponsor in a new Mahurangi marine industries group of Mahurangi Regatta sponsors.

2024 Regatta Day: Saturday 27 January

Marking the 47th anniversary of the regatta revival by Mahurangi Action, and welcoming a new raft of regatta sponsors, following Teak Construction’s magnificent 8th year, as principal sponsor—Quayside Boatyard leads the parade. Sailing event organiser, since 1990, is the Mahurangi Cruising Club.

Mahurangi Cruising Club 2020 yearbook cover

24th Edition: Available from New World Warkworth, Paper Plus Warkworth, Gull Service Station Snells Beach, and Matakana Village Books. 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

47th anniversary of regatta revival by Mahurangi Action
166th anniversary of the first-recorded Mahurangi Regatta
Generally held at Sullivans Bay*
*In the event of strong easterly wind and/or heavy rain, shoreside events will be cancelled.
Low tide 3 am (0.54 m above mean low-water spring tides)
High tide 9.22 am (2.69 m)
Low tide 3.34 pm (0.73 m)
High tide 9.32 pm (2.5 m)

9–9.30 am
Registrations for Classic Launch Parade now online, or muster off Scotts Landing at 10.15 am—course diagram.
important note
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 Baynow taken by Mahurangi Cruising Club online only, by midnight 25 January 2024
9–11 am
No trailer launching of boats at Sullivans Bay due to foreshore erosion of beach access roadway
10.20 am
Augustin sea kayak race
10.25 am
Master of the Mahurangi
10.45 am
Classic Launch Parade—best viewed from southern half of beach
11 am
Shoreside events—swimming etc.—likely to be lower-key and even more informal than when last held, in 2021
Sailing events commence:
2024 Notice of Regatta
Sailing Instructions
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 Zephyrs
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. Very informal this year. Simply create where you can find a space and report to the tent when you are ready to be judged.
1.30 pm
Afternoon shoreside events—running, three-legged, sack etc.—likely to be lower-key and even more informal than when last held, in 2021
3.30 pm–4.30 pm
No trailer retrieval of boats at Sullivans Bay is possible due to foreshore erosion of beach access roadway


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 ultimately, from 2016, thanks to the long-term commitment of a principal regatta sponsor—Teak Construction—the future of the prize-giving dance, and the regatta itself, is now secure. In 2022, on account of covid-19 and 2023 forecast for a weather bomb, cancelled the prize-giving dance for those two excruciating summers.

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 this 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

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 and again, in 2023.

8 am
Free morning-to-midnight Scotts Landing regatta shuttle commences operation. Primary run is the two kilometres of Ridge Road between the Charles Street crossroads and the landing, but the free shuttle will pick up and drop off anywhere within the Scotts Landing area. See below for drivers’ cell phone numbers.
5.30 pm
Free Shuckle Ferry  service from Jamieson Bay to Scotts Landing
6 pm
Free Shuckle Ferry  service from Jamieson Bay to Scotts Landing
6.30 pm
Prize-giving dance commences, with the West City Jazz Orchestra
7.30 pm
Prize giving
8 pm
or thereabouts—prize-giving dance resumes, with the full West City Jazz Orchestra resumes
9.30 pm
Free Shuckle Ferry  return service from Scotts Landing to Jamieson Bay
10 pm
Free Shuckle Ferry  return service from Scotts Landing to Jamieson Bay
11 pm
Last dance
12 am
Last run by free regatta shuttle from Scotts Landing to either Charles or Grant street crossroads.
12.15 am
Last run by free ‘ferry’ J Barry Ferguson  Mahurangi West.


Seasonal call for volunteers

Seasonal plea for volunteers plea Mahurangi Magazine

Free-regatta-shuttle drivers and cells
8–10 am
TBC  +64 TBN
10 am–12 pm
TBC  +64 TBN
12–2 pm
TBC  +64 TBN
2–4 pm
TBC  +64 TBN
4–6 pm
TBC  +64 TBN
6–8 pm
TBC  +64 TBNkindly retiring stalwart Mahurangi West resident Lex Marshall, who has been risking life and limb kayaking home across the harbour, after dark
8–10 pm
TBC  +64 TBN
10 pm–midnight
TBC  +64 TBNPrincipal regatta director Cimino Cole—once the primary shuttlebus driver—having been kindly retired from this role in 2021 is back driving, but mercifully for this one shift only
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

High tide 10.03 am (2.72 metres above mean low-water spring tides)

9 am
Morning-after: Panmure Yacht & Boating Club and Richmond Yacht Club meet for breakfast, and help with the clean up—barbecues on hand for other clubs, crews, and helpers!

Future ‘Up the Mahu!’ The 2020s will see only one more good Up-the-Mahu tide—2026. This underlines the significance of the Mahurangi River Restoration Trust’s work to restore all-tide navigability to the tidehead town of Warkworth—central government did step in to support this community-funded initiative, but, as so often the case, the project needs that little bit more.

  • 2024 Mahurangi Regatta classic launch parade

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