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Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2025
The Race of a Lifetime
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) together with the Royal Akarana Yacht Club (RAYC) invite competitors to participate in the Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2025, 11 October.
A dramatic and compelling ocean (and we mean ‘ocean’) racecourse has been shoe-horned into the start of next year’s busy Spring / Summer sailing season.
The race will start in Sydney Harbour on 11 October 2025 and finish in Auckland Harbour. This challenging trans-Tasman 1,250nm Category 1 race is open to offshore cruising and racing yachts, Two-Handed Yachts, superyachts and ocean racing multihulls.
RPAYC’s Robert McClelland explains the race’s communications have been simplified
for the 1250 nautical mile race: “Satellite phones, AIS and trackers on each boat, no
time-consuming skeds. This follows the Club’s successful Pittwater to Coffs Harbour
Yacht Race, which is run on the same basis.”
The other joy for competitors is that the Sydney to Auckland into New Zealand Ocean
Race has been timed to allow prospective competitors to compete on the northern
circuit in Queensland beforehand and to be back in Australia in time for the Rolex
Sydney Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart yacht races.
Alternatively, entrants can stay on in New Zealand and take advantage of the famous
Coastal Classic held in late October. There is also the Bay of Islands Sailing Week in
late January 2024 to consider – not to mention the scenic cruising opportunities.
The Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race is open to fully crewed racing and cruising yachts,
two-handed yachts, superyachts and ocean-going multihulls. It is the longest race
originating from Australia open to a variety of yacht classes.
Early Bird discount Entry Fee closes 11 October 2024.
Standard entries for the Category 1 Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race, to be held by
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Association with the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in
New Zealand, close on 11 September 2025.
Royal Akarana Yacht Club – The Home of Blue Water Sailing
The Royal Akarana Yacht Club is one of New Zealand’s oldest yacht clubs and occupies a unique place in this country’s recreational sailing history.
Throughout its 127 years, it has been at the forefront of New Zealand yachting and particularly in its early years, had a huge influence on the way the sport developed in this country. Visit the club at https://rayc.co.nz/
Future event dates
- 2023 Presentation – November 23, 2023
- 2025 Race – October 11, 2025
MEDIA RELEASE With the fleet having finished the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race for 2023 the Organisaing Authority is now preparing for the 2025
MEDIA RELEASE Three vessels are home in the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Race. First home for the Line Honours prize was Geoff Hill’s 72-footer, Antipodes.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- 11 October 2024: Early Bird entry discount closes
- 11 September 2025: Entries Close (Late fee applies)
- 1 October 2025: Sailing Instructions, Entries, Divisions & Provisional Ratings Published
- 4 October 2025: Rating Deadline
- 9 October 2025: Skippers Briefing and Crew Cocktail Party (6:00pm RPAYC)
- 11 October 2025: Race Start Sydney Harbour
- The Celebration Begins
- Sydney to Auckland make for the Corner
- And we are off!
- Crews countdown to the start of the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race
- Hong Kong entry in race for historic Lipton Cup
- Talk turns to Weather
- Serious Business
- Mayfair first interstate entry for the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race
- Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race, scheduled for October 2023
- First entries received for the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race
The race has been classified by the Organising Authority an Australian Sailing Special Regulations category 1 race with the addition of the OAs own additional requirements as listed in the Notice of Race.
This means that an entrant will need to have a Cat 1 Audit done and additionally have an Australian Sailing National Certified Auditor sign off the O.A.’s additional items.
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Contact the Organisation Authority Here and also be added to the 2025 Expression of Interest group