Pacific rim yacht challenge regatta 2018

We are looking forward to welcoming sailors and guests from all around the Pacific Rim to compete in the 2018 yacht challenge.

Since 1990 sailors from Australia, Canada, Japan, Russia, New Zealand and the USA from towns comprising our sister cities have been competing in this wonderful sport every two years.

Event Dates

The Pacific Rim Yacht Challenge is being hosted by TYPBC on the 9th through to the 17th March 2018.  


We now have a website dedicated to the Pacific Rim Event for New Zealand it is located here - Please ensure you check the website for more up to date information.


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In 1990 the Goodwill Games were being held in Seattle, USA and , as a prelude to these, Bellingham City organised a series of yacht races with sister cities of Bellingham.  These cities were Victoria in British Columbia, Canada; Tateyama, Japan; and Nakhodka in Russia.  An invitation to Port Stephens Shire in New South Wales, Australia was also extended in view of other sister city relationships with Bellingham.

Post Stephens won the Bellingham event by a narrow margin and accepted the offer to host the event in Australia in 1992.  Due to the sister city relationship between Port Stephens and Tauranga City an invitation to participate was sent to the Tauranga City Council.  This invitation was passed on to the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, thus beginning the Club's involvement with the event.

Proposed Format of the Regatta

Race format will be windward leewards and / or Olympic course.

Friday 9th March 2018 - Opening Ceremony and welcome from the Mayor of Tauranga followed by BBQ meal

Saturday 10th March - Practice Day

Sunday 11th March - Races 1 and 2

Monday 12th March - Races 3 and 4

Tuesday 13th March - Races 5 and 6

Wednesday 14th March - Lay day - Local sightseeing and Clubnight racing

Thursday 15th March - Races 7 and 8

Friday 16th March - Race 9, closing ceremony, prize giving by Mayor and formal banquet


We will be using the Noelex 25 class boat.  These are trailer yachts and it is envisioned that there will be 2 boats per country supplied allowing for a team of 4 per boat.


Information for Guests

The entry fee for the regatta will be $US300 per person.  Guests should aim to arrive in Tauranga on Friday 9th March and depart on Saturday 17th March 2018. The opening ceremony is scheduled to start from 5:30pm at TYPBC.

Each attending guest will need to provide a completed entry form along with the entry fee.  Please check back here for the form.

Information for prospective hosts and locals

To our local community.

We are expecting approximately 100 guests from Australia, Canada, Japan, Russia and the USA to participate in this yachting challenge in March 2018.

Guests are home hosted for the week of the event, so this is a callout for anyone able to host one of more guests for the week of the regatta, to get in touch.  It is always a priviledge to host someone from overseas, and learn about their culture.