Pssssst…. It’s Game On


Photo courtesy of Nel Tyson

Yep, its the announcement you’ve been all waiting for.

The Kiwi Raid and St Ayles International Regatta are on for 2016.

Totally inspired by our friends across the Tasman and now totally hooked on the small boat adventure thing we have put together what we think is going to be a pretty darn good couple of weeks here in Kiwi Land.

Its early days yet and as you can imagine there is a million or so things to do and organise but we’ve made a start and drawn a line in the sand, have a plan.

Here’s some dates for you to put in your calendars:

Kawau Raid:  Friday 29th January – Friday 5th February.

St Ayles Regatta: 6th – 8th February.

Tamaki Raid: 9th – 13th February.

Yes, Two Raids and a three day St Ayles Regatta, heres a bit more detail on each….


Kawau Bay

Kawau Raid:

where: 40 mins drive North of Auckland.

The trip details: 8 days, 7 nights a total distance of 62.5nm, longest days run 16nm majority under 10nm

Accommodation: Mostly camping so bring your tent. facilities are good with running water and showers and things.

The Raid is to be set in the beautiful Kawau bay area and is to include the famous Mahurangi regatta (Classic wooden boat weekend) A river trip to Warkworth, A trip to Tiritiri Matangi (a most amazing native bird sanctuary). A visit to the famous Mansion House, home of Governor George Grey and the stunning Kawau island. plus fantastic sailing and rowing.

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Photo courtesy of Nel Tyson

St Ayles Regatta:

Where: we are still confirming a venue but it will be in central Auckland.

A 3 day regatta, similar to the great one in Franklin with mixed teams, corporate regatta and loads of fun.

Construction is underway on the 10 St Ayles Skiffs we promised you!


Tamaki Raid

Tamaki Raid,

Where: Between Waiheke Island and the Eastern bays of Auckland

Trip Details: 5 days, 4 nights, total distance 41nm, longest days run 10nm

Accommodation: 3 nights camping, one night in cabins.

Some of the great cruising grounds of Auckland, Visits to Moutuihe island, Waiheke Island, Rotorua island with some great lunch spots along the way, superb chance to see why the Hauraki gulf is rated as one of the best cruising grounds in the world.

Final leg up the Franklin river.

Break out that boat….

What to do next:

Spaces are going to be limited so you will need to get in quick!

If you are interested in joining us for all or some of this great adventure and the St Ayles regatta, email us now to register your interest.

10 thoughts on “Pssssst…. It’s Game On

  1. Hi there,

    I’m a keen sail and oar dinghy cruiser with a Dennis Ganley Shoal Bay Drifter, complete with two rowing positions (and no outboard), and have been wondering if these types of Raids happen in New Zealand.

    Are your raids strictly for rowing boats only?

    Me and my partner sleep aboard under a tent so wouldn’t take up camping spots.

    Please let me know.

    • Hi Haddon,
      The Raid is certainly open to sail and oar boats, your Shoal bay drifter would be most welcome, keep an eye on the website I will be posting an update about courses etc in the next couple of days, I will add you to my list of interested parties and be in touch.

  2. Hi folks,
    I’m assuming Nell has registered us both. Put us down for everything! Boy we are going to enjoy this, I’m booking flights right now.

  3. Hi
    I am a member of Amble skiff in England and am visiting the South Island are there any skiffs in the South Island I could meet up with?

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