For 2024 the New Zealand National Keelboat Championships returns to it’s spiritual home of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club. First held in 1992 in the then brand new Farr MRX Fleet the National Keelboat Championship evolved from the “Champion of Champions” regatta held in Noelex 25s between the National Champions of various classes.
The honours board for the National Keelboat Championships reads like a who’s who of New Zealand Yachting including the likes of Rod Davis, Russell Coutts, Dean Barker, Ray Davies, Phil Robertson and four time winner Grant Turnbull.
The event moved to be hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for a number of years while RAYC’s club house was demolished and the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre was built. RAYC is looking forward to their return to hosting the event and being able to show off their fantastic facilities.
The event will once again be held in the Farr MRX’s. The MRX Yachting managed One Design Fleet has proven itself over the years to be the fairest and most even fleet in the country. Maintenance upgrades to the fleet means it continues to be unmatched for the purpose.
For 2024 the Women’s Keelboat Championship is incorporated into the event and will be awarded to the first all-female crew.
For the return of the event to Royal Akarana Yacht Club we would like to invite past champions and competitors as well as the various class national champions to enter what promises to be an epic event!
Can you add your name to the elite list on the honours board for 2024?