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Entries are open-will you be ready?

Entries are now open for the 41st PIC Coastal Classic Yacht Race. With just under 5 months to go, preparations are underway for this iconic race from Auckland to Russell in the stunning Bay of Islands, scheduled for Labour Weekend (25 October 2024).


Getting ready for the PIC Coastal Classic is key to having a great race. As one of New Zealand's most famous yachting events, it calls for some good planning and preparation.


“While it may seem a long way off, this race will sneak up on you,” says Adrian Percival, Commodore of the NZ Multihull Yacht Club and organiser of the event. “It's vital to ensure both the boat and crew are organised beforehand. Proper preparation not only maximises performance but also enhances safety, teamwork, and the overall race experience – allowing crews to focus on sailing their best race and making the most of this event.” 

Cat 3

This is arguably the most crucial part of the preparation, as without it, you won’t be able to race. With many Cat3 certificates set to expire this year we recommend you schedule your Cat 3 inspection with Yachting New Zealand at least a month before the event. Ensure you have all the necessary checks completed. Below is a summary of what’s involved.


Cat 3 Checklist Summary

Boat: Hull, anti-fouling, rigging, sails, engine, fuel

Safety: Life jackets, EPIRB, flares, first aid kit, fire extinguishers, lifebuoys

Navigation: VHF radio, GPS, chart plotter, navigation lights, radar reflector

Provisions: Food, water, cooking equipment, clothing

Crew: Training, safety procedures, briefing

Administration: Registration, insurance, documentation


PHRF handicaps are issued by Yachting New Zealand.  Processing can take up to three weeks, so we urge you to not leave it to the last minute.


It’s not just a matter of having your boat up to scratch, your crew should be too.  Make sure you leave enough time to conduct some sessions to familiarise your crew with boat operations, sail handling and safety and emergency procedures. 

Race Clinics

Our race clinics offer vital insights into boat preparation, safety, tactics, and weather and are tailored for both newcomers and seasoned sailors. We strongly encourage skippers and crew to attend irrespective of their experience level.


For those attending the America’s Cup, schedules will be tight. Skippers should ensure they are race-ready and all preparations are completed in advance to avoid any last-minute rush.


“We cannot stress enough the importance of planning ahead,” says Adrian. “For those returning from the America’s Cup, you literally have only two days before jumping on your boat. We urge skippers/owners to ensure crew members attend the registration and briefing sessions, as these will cover crucial information on weather, tactics, and other essential details. And when we win what better way to celebrate than by getting out on the water and diving into this exciting and challenging race!”


Get ready, get prepped, and join the 41st PIC Coastal Classic – an unforgettable race and a true testament to the spirit of yachting in New Zealand.




ENTRIES CLOSE                                          Friday 11 October – 5pm

LATE ENTRIES CLOSE                               Friday 18 October – 5pm

PREP/SAFETY/TACTICS CLINIC              Tuesday 27 August

SAFETY CLINIC                                           24th September

WEATHER AND TACTICS CLINIC            Monday 21 October

REGISTRATION & BRIEFING                    Thursday 24 October

RACE DAY                                                     Friday 25 October 2024


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