In the third week of November, the Opua Cruising Club welcomes cruisers from at home and abroad, with a week of fun events that locals and visiting cruisers alike are welcome to join in with. Seafarer’s Week begins on Monday 21st November, and the schedule is as follows:
Monday 21st November:
Kapa Haka Welcome – a traditional Maori welcome by Opua School, from 18:00. Afterwards there will be a ‘meet and greet’ with Opua businesses. The bar will be open as usual, with free nibbles provided. Local business people are welcome to come along and promote your business – just bring a plate of nibbles for everyone to share.
Tuesday 22nd November:
Seafood Night: Bar opens from 17:00 – come along and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner for just $12 per person.
Wednesday 23rd November:
Cater Marine Race Night – visiting cruisers who have become OCC ‘Supporters’ are welcome to join in for just $8 per race. First start (for the fast boats) is at 17:45, followed by B Division (with spinnakers) shortly after, and C Division (no spinnakers) after that. Races are fun and friendly, and usually involve courses that take an hour-or-so to sail. You can download a course sheet and map here.
Thursday 24th November:
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for just $20. Come and enjoy Thanksgiving in company, with a turkey dinner plus all the trimmings for just $20 per person. The bar will be open as usual with Happy Hour for members from 17:00 to 18:00, and dinner will be served from around 19:00.
Friday 25th November:
Roadrunner Rum Race – 18:00 start. Two bottles of Mt Gay Rum to be won – one for the first boat on handicap, and another as a spot prize. Visiting cruisers who have become OCC ‘Supporters’ are welcome to join in for just $8 per race. Download a course sheet and map here.
Saturday 26th November:
Dinghy Rally – all day. Dust off your dinghy and get ready for one of the most hotly anticipated OCC events of the year! The Dinghy Rally is a ‘treasure hunt’ style rally around the Opua area, with loads of laughs along the way, and plenty of prizes to be won. Cost of entry is just $10 per person, which includes lunch and refershments. In the event of bad weather, the rally will be run in cars instead.