Auckland, New Zealand to Gold Coast, Australia Race / 1,270nm
15 Days / CAT 1 Ocean Race
For the second time in 2021 and the first time in decades, we will see a fully crewed yacht race from New Zealand to Australia. The race will start on Auckland Harbour on 30 May 2021 and finish at Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Following the completion of the 36th Americas Cup, this race is part of a group of events hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who are celebrating their 150th Anniversary. This challenging Category 1 race is open to offshore racing yachts who want to tackle the Tasman Sea.
The Southport Yacht Club (SYC) and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) are excited to partner for the 1,270nm Auckland to Gold Coast Yacht Race 2021. Will this be a once-only race? Who knows.
Having sailed across the Tasman Sea seven times, (twice solo) David knows from personal experience that this race will be one of the toughest and most unique ocean races on the world offshore calendar in 2021, along with the Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race in Jan 2021. With nothing but the open ocean from the bottom of Australia and New Zealand to Antarctica; 1,000nm to the south, the ocean swell can build rapidly in height, with no land to stop it for more than 2,500nm until it hits the shores of the Pacific Islands.
There are many reasons why more people have climbed Mount Everest than have sailed across the Tasman Sea, and the rapidly changing nature of the Tasman Sea’s weather system is one of them.
Auckland to Gold Coast Race
With a large fleet of yachts expected, ranging from 36 to 100 foot in length and the electric pre-race atmosphere at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, following on from the excitement of the 36th Americas Cup Final, the race start on Auckland Harbour (New Zealand’s city of sails) is sure to be incredible. With spectator’s vessels, helicopters overhead and people lining the Auckland waterfront and cliff tops, the race start will be spectacular.
We’ll assemble in Auckland on the 26th May, giving us 3 days of crew preparation, training drills and final checks. It promises to be a unique experience from the moment you land in Auckland to the time you sail into Southport.