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 – 176 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 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, an armada of over 20 vintage tugboats and America’s Cup prototypes.

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.

We expect to see the whole of the Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter area turning into ‘party central’ with free entertainment for all the family including exciting dragon boat and waka ama racing.



  • Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy - Governor General of New Zealand

Vice Patrons

  • John Lister OBE
  • John Street NZOM
  • Mayor Phil Goff


  • Commodore James Gilmour MNZM, RNZN


  • David Stone

Vice Chairman

  • John Lister OBE


  • David Hilliar 

Executive Officer

  • Joyce Talbot 

Media & Communications

  • Matt Hall-Smith


  • Chris Collins
  • Ian Cook
  • Ann Hamilton
  • Eric Henry
  • Rod Marler
  • Baden Pascoe
  • Chris Stone
  • Eric Mahoney
  • Bruce Tantrum

Yachting NZ

  • Kim Admore
  • Hamish Hey 

Royal NZ Navy

  • Lt Cdr Roger Saynor MBE, RNZN
  • Malcolm Williams

Club & Class Representatives

  • John Davies – Richmond YC
  • Cherry MacIvor – Stewart 34 Association
  • Charles Scoones – Stewart 34 Association
  • Craig Brown - CYAA



Supporting Us

A big thank you to our sponsors

  • Ports of Auckland Limited
  • Hawaiian Airlines and Vive Hotel, Waikiki
  • Panuku Development Auckland
  • The Southern Trust
  • Trillian Trust 
  • NZCT
  • Rothbury Insurance
  • Spirit of Adventure Trust
  • Media Works - More FM
  • Tourism Hawaii
  • Fullers Auckland
  • Boating New Zealand

and for the support provided by

  • Royal New Zealand Navy 
  • Coastguard Northern Region
  • Police Maritime Unit
  • 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