Invitation to Overseas Crews

The Farr MRX Pacific Keel Boat Challenge is an invitation to fleet racing event for 10 leading Yacht Clubs, Classes or Crews from around the World. We are inviting crews from USA, China, 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 and now defending 2017 champion

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 (Home of the Americas Cup)



"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 22nd to 25th March 2017


10.00 to 14.00hrs Practice Day
  18.00hrs Welcome Dinner , Briefing & Boat Draw
  Jack Tar Restuarant



11.00hrs First Race

18.00hrs Post Race Drinks , RNZYS

 Saturday  10.00hrs First Race
   17.00hrs Jack Tar Regatta Party, RNZYS
 Sunday  10.00hrs First Race
   18.00 Prize Giving, RNZYS

The Regatta Entry Fee is NZ$200 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 Gary Sugden.

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

Links to more 2018 Farr MRX Pacific Keel Boat Challenge Information

 2018 Invitation to Overseas crews

Entry Process

Charter Forms

Charter Application

Skipper Resume

Charter Agreement