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Yacht Racing at Opua Cruising Club

Opua Cruising Club has a busy racing calendar that runs all year round. In summer there is a Wednesday evening series with three competitive divisions, two using spinnakers and one without. Plus every Friday is either a rum race or a ladies race (alternating weeks), and there are regular races at weekends too, such as the two-handed series.

In winter, the warm(ish) Northland climate still allows us to get out racing every Sunday, usually with a winter series race one week, and a ladies winter series race the next week.

Check the Events page for details of all forthcoming races.

For all racing enquiries, contact our Race Officer  or the OCC Committee.

 2017 / 2018 Club Handicaps

The club handicaps for the coming season can be found here. Note the table shows PHRF (if available), RaceTrack handicap, last season handicap and this season handicap.

Any issues with the handicaps should be addressed to the Race Committee using this form.

VHF Channel Change

NOTE: As from 21/05/2017 the Club radio channel will be 17. This change is to avoid clashes with Russell Boating Club, Kerikeri Yacht Club and BOI Yacht Club on race days. Reminder: all VHF users should hold a current VHF licence.

Entries are open for the 2017-2018 Racing Season

Please fill in your racing entry form online, or alternatively, you can download the OCC Race Entry Form 2017-2018.

The race fee is still incredibly good value at just $80 for the entire year. This entitles you to race in ALL club races, including the Wednesday night series, Rum and Ladies races, the 2-handed series, and more. Once you’ve paid your fee, you’ll also be eligible to race in many of the Russell and Kerikeri club races throughout the year too.

Course Sheets

The 2017 – 2018 all year course sheet can now be downloaded – valid from 30th September 2016 onwards.

Make sure you also download the Course Map 2017 – 2018 with the new (old) race mark names!

Sailing Instructions

While you’re at it, don’t forget to download a copy of the latest version of the OCC Sailing Instructions 2017 – 2018. These come into force in October (daylight saving racing programme).

Race Results

For the latest race results, see the Race Results page.  ‘Like’ the OCC Facebook page to be informed when results are published. Race Results are found under the Race Results tab on the main menu.

Protests and Requests for Redress

All skippers and crew involved in racing should familiarise themselves with this Information on Protests and Requests for Redress. While yacht racing is all about having fun, there are still rules to be followed to ensure safe and fair racing for all. Please download and read this information so you are familiar with the process to be followed if you do find yourself in a protest situation.

Ladies racing

Opua Cruising Club runs the only regular, year-round ladies yacht racing north of Auckland. If you’re keen to get involved, please get in touch – there are plenty of opportunities to jump on board a boat and get out on the water. You will shortly be able to post your crew requirements – whether it’s ‘crew wanted’ or you’re a ‘crew available’ in the forthcoming Classifieds section.

Learning Opportunities

Great Escapes Yacht Charters, in conjunction with Opua Cruising Club, are also offering Ladies Intro to Sailing courses. If you’re interested in learning to sail,  contact Ian Templeman if you’re interested, and once we get enough interested parties, we’ll put a course on for you.

Yacht name
Sail number
If you're not sure of your sail number, try the Boat Search function on the Yachting NZ website.
Yacht design
Yacht length
PHRF (if known)
Crew names, emails, phone numbers ?
Please list the names and contact details of any crew who will be racing with you throughout the year.
I am paying by: ?
Race fees are $80 for the year or $8 per race, payable in advance. Payment details will be emailed to you after you submit this form. Each boat shall be entered by the owner or skipper who is a full financial member of OCC or a club recognised by the entrant’s national authority. The committee reserves the right to exclude results of boats that have not paid the appropriate entry fee.
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