The regatta takes on more than just a name from Sir Peter Blake. It also embraces his values, including the environment, leadership and fair play. The desire is for this to be the leading national event for centreboard classes and the highlight of the sailing calendar every year (particularly for young sailors, many of whom will never have been to an event with an atmosphere like this one).
This is a significant national two day regatta that every year receives entries from up in the Bay of Islands to down in Dunedin, and even some from overseas. Even though it is renown as a youth regatta, competitors often range from 7 to 70 years old. The regatta is open to all centreboard classes but it has particular strengths in the youth classes. Optimist Green Fleet (first two years of racing), Optimist Open, P Class, Starling, Splash, Laser 4.7 (Youth), and skiffs such as 29ers. Senior classes include Laser and Laser Radial, RSX boards, Zephyr, Jollyboat, Paper Tiger, 420's and more.
Racing is spread over three separate race courses, positioned immediately offshore from Torbay in Auckland. The event features a large beach village area with a massive central event marquee. The road is closed during the event allowing safe access and also storage of the fifty RIBs required to run the courses. There is also a separate reserve area across the road for the parking of boat trailers.
Boat drop off is available on Friday night with security at the compound in the evenings, or on the Saturday morning. Due to number of vehicles and boats please be early, Friday night is a great option for everyone!
ONSITE REGISTRATION is available from 5pm on Friday or from 7am Saturday morning. You receive race bibs and event information and boat stickers etc. ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD PREREGISTER ONLINE. Late entries on the day will incur penalty fees.
CLUB RIBS can also be dropped Friday night or Saturday morning. If you leave it till Saturday you will be encouraged to self launch on arrival to avoid double handling.