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  • Writer's pictureReina Del la Varis

Auckland to Tauranga Race & Harbour Classic date clash

As most of you will have heard by now, there has been an unfortunate clash of events between the Auckland to Tauranga Race and the newly created Harbour Classic Race.

If you haven't seen it already, here's the announcement from the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club promoting the A2T!

We strongly encourage all yachts who have previously competed in the A2T, or who would normally compete in coastal races (or have already done the Coastal Classic or Akarana 350 in 2022 - think Bluewater Championship!), to support and enter the 2023 Altex A2T!


From the PIC Coastal Classic & NZMYC:

Whilst we were very excited to bring you the news of the inaugural Harbour Classic (Saturday 1st April 2023), we recognise this is on the same weekend as the Altex Yacht & Boat Paint Auckland to Tauranga Race (Altex A2T). The Altex A2T race for cruising yachts starts at 1000hrs on Thursday 30th March with the racing yachts starting at 1600hrs on Friday 31st March 2023.

We worked very hard to find an alternative date within the busy sailing calendar and after meetings between Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club (“TYPBC”) and ourselves to discuss the clash, we advised that no other dates were suitable for the Harbour Classic Race due to being under pressure from a number of parties to carry out a trial harbour race regatta to fit in with the City’s future harbour event plans. This is the only year there will be a clash.

From a good will point of view, NZMYC have offered TYPBC the ability to promote the Altex A2T to our audience and, because of this date clash in year one, encourage all yachts who have previously taken part in the A2T, or would normally take part in a coastal race, to continue to support and enter this event.

On that note expect to see more information on the A2T race. In the meantime visit the A2T race website and check out the information below the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club has provided us –

The Altex A2T - What to expect

Free berthing …

… for a week for your race yacht at the Tauranga Bridge Marina is available again with free courtesy transport to and from the Marina and Yacht Club over the race weekend. Contact for details.

A fantastic band

“The Shy and Retiring Company”, have been engaged for the evening following the Prizegiving on Saturday April 1st 2023 so prepare to stay the night this year and enjoy the party and our wonderful TYPBC hospitality. Check the band out!

Welcome pack

A welcome pack for all arriving race entrants including a bottle of Appletons, (kindly sponsored by Lion Co.), Coke, and Hot Cross buns for each yacht.

Spot prizes

There will be heaps of spot prizes including a B&G Wireless, Wind, Speed and Depth instrument package generously sponsored by Pro Marine Electrical.

See you in Tauranga on Friday 31st March 2023 (if you break the record!) or Saturday 1st April and prepare to party.

For further information on the Altex A2T, please visit the race website or contact the race officials below.

Roger Rushton : Altex A2T Coordinator : : 0274 714 715 Reina Del la Varis : Altex A2T Publicity : Jo West : TYPBC Manager : : 07 578 5512

Copyright (C) 2023 New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club. All rights reserved.


Auckland to Tauranga Race Committee

Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club

Ph: 07 578 5512

90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga 3110


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