Postponement of the Altex Yacht & Boat Paint Auckland to Tauranga Yacht Race
It is with a mix of regret and careful consideration that we announce the postponement of the Altex Yacht & Boat Paint Auckland to Tauranga Yacht Race (Altex A2T) to the year 2025. This decision, reached through extensive discussions within the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club (TYPBC), is the result of various critical factors that have influenced our assessment of the 2023 event and its future viability.
Limited entries in 2023 were a significant concern, with the race experiencing a lack of participation from both Tauranga and Auckland. Only 4 entries from Tauranga and 7 from Auckland raised doubts about the likelihood of a significant improvement in these numbers in the coming year.
Competition and scheduling also posed challenges, as numerous competing events created a significant hurdle. Scheduling conflicts with key events like Sail GP, the newly introduced Harbour Classic, and existing races and regattas also limited available dates around March 2024.
The efforts of approximately 60 volunteers from TYPBC were commendable – they cheerfully and willingly invested their time and energy in hosting the event, and it was crucial for them to see reasonable revenue generation for the club.
Sponsor recognition is an important factor, with an acknowledgment of the generous support from Altex A2T sponsors; the decision to postpone aims to provide our sponsors with a more rewarding experience in the future.
Looking forward over the next year, we plan to diligently re-examine options for a spectacular return in 2025. We understand the disappointment this may bring to the yachting community, but we believe this decision is in the best interest of the event's long-term success.
We express our sincere gratitude to all participants, sponsors, and volunteers for their dedication and understanding. Let us collectively prepare for an even more thrilling Altex Yacht & Boat Paint Auckland to Tauranga Yacht Race in 2025.
Fair winds and following seas,
Auckland to Tauranga Race Committee & Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club
Auckland to Tauranga Race Committee
Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club
Ph: 07 578 5512
90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga 3110