Invitation to Overseas Crews

The Farr MRX Pacific Keel Boat Challenge is an invitation fleet racing event for 10 leading Yacht Clubs, Classes or Crews from around the World. We are inviting crews from USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The regatta is organised by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Bucklands Beach Yacht Club as part of the Auckland Regatta.

Crews compete for the perpetual Pacific Keel Boat Challenge Trophy - a model Waka Taua or Maori War Canoe. Waka Taua are up to 40 metres long and were used to get warriors to their battlefields. They carried up to 80 paddlers and 130 men in total.


Chris Way & crew after winning the 2016 Pacific Keel Boat Challenge

Great One Design Racing

The event is sailed in 10 identical 10.2m Farr MRX Yachts each with 6 crew. There is 1 practice day and 3 race days. Up to 12 windward leeward and harbour course races will be held on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.

This is one design racing at it's best. The Yachts are ready to sail and cannot be altered so all you need is an able crew and your sailing gear!

Welcome from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron


"The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is very pleased to host the Farr MRX Pacific Keel Boat Challenge.

The RNZYS welcomes overseas crews who compete in this event. They will have great racing in the Farr MRX fleet on Auckland’s Waitemata harbour and enjoy the camaraderie ashore".


Steve Mair, Commodore, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Regatta Program 23rd to 26th March 2017

11.00 to 14.00hrs Practice
   18.00hrs Briefing & Welcoming Ceremony
   19.00hrs Dinner RNZYS Quarter Deck
 Friday  10.00hrs First Race
 Saturday  10.00hrs First Race
   Jack Tar Party, Viaduct Basin
 Sunday  10.00hrs First Race
   Prize Giving

The Regatta Entry Fee is NZ$150 and 4 day charter is NZ$2,400 including taxes.

Put your Club or Crew in the Picture

Find Out More - Send Your Expression of Interest

For more information and to secure a position in the in this event please send your Expression of Interest to Tom Macky.

Click on this link to Send an E-mail or call +64 21 679 125

Links to more 2017 Farr MRX Pacific Keel Boat Challenge Information

 2017 Invitation to Overseas crews

Entry Process

Charter Forms

Charter Application

Skipper Resume

Charter Agreement