Watch Auckland's Harbours come alive in one of the world's biggest one-day regattas

Auckland’s Anniversary Day celebrates the founding of the province. And to commemorate the day, one of the world’s single biggest one day sailing regattas will take place – 179 years after the first one back in 1840, with a glorious spectacle featuring the vintage superstars of the past and the high tech heralds of the future. 

The Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta attracts a huge fleet of vessels including, tall ships, gaff riggers, sloops, racing keelers, multi-hulls, sailing dinghies, radio controlled boats, waka ama, elegant sea scout craft, perfectly restored classic yachts and launches, and an armada of vintage tugboats.

It’s a great day out for sailors and thousands of spectators who can see the maritime and trading history of our city in action under paddle, sail and steam power.



  • Governor General of NZ: The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO

Vice Patrons

  • Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff
  • John Lister OBE
  • John Street NZOM
  • Ian Cook
  • Bill Speedy


  • Commodore Anthony Millar MNZM RNZN

President's Representative

  • Lt Cdr Ray McLellan


  • David Stone

Vice Chairman

  • Eric Mahoney


  • David Hilliar 

Executive Officer

  • Joyce Talbot 

Media & Communications

  • Helen Horrocks


  • Ann Hamilton
  • Baden Pascoe
  • Bill Lomas
  • Bruce Tantrum
  • Chris Collins
  • Chris Stone
  • Eric Henry
  • Gary Sugden
  • Rod Marler

Yachting NZ Representative

  • Hayden Whitburn 

Yacht Club & Class Representatives

  • Charles Scoones – Stewart 34 Association
  • Richard Chitty - Takapuna Boating Club
  • Craig Brown - CYAA

Supporting Us

A big thank you to our sponsors

  • Ports of Auckland Limited
  • Auckland Council
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • The Equus Hotel, Honolulu
  • Tourism Hawaii
  • Lawson's Dry Hills Wines
  • Rothbury Insurance
  • Spirit of Adventure Trust
  • Ellerslie Jewellers
  • Trillian Trust 
  • The Southern Trust
  • Burnsco
  • Stamford Plaza
  • Auckland Bridge Climb & Bungy
  • Snow Planet
  • Butterfly Creek
  • Rocket Ropes
  • Explore
  • Boating New Zealand
  • The Riverhead Tavern
  • Treasure Island Golf

and for the support provided by

  • Royal New Zealand Navy 
  • Coastguard Northern Region
  • Police Maritime Unit
  • Auckland Harbourmaster
  • Voyager NZ Maritime Museum
  • Auckland Dragon Boat Association
  • Bucklands Beach Yacht Club
  • Classic Yacht Association of NZ
  • Devonport Yacht Club
  • Dragon Boat Association
  • Electron Owners Association
  • International One Metre,  Marblehead & RG 65 Associations
  • Kohimarama Yacht Club
  • French Bay Yacht Club
  • Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
  • Sea Scouts, Auckland 
  • Takapuna Boating Club
  • Tamaki Yacht Club
  • Waka Ama NZ
  • Wakatere Boating Club
  • Yachting New Zealand

Yachting New Zealand Affiliation

Auckland Anniversary Regatta is currently an affiliated Non-Commercial Maritime Member with Yachting New Zealand Inc.