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2016 Race Updates


Queens Birthday Mini Raid


With a stunning forecast for Queens Birthday weekend, 5 crazy friends and fellow St Ayles skiff enthusiasts set off from Orakei on a mission.

The Challenge, Can 5 people pack enough gear into a St Ayles for a weekends camping and still row it efficiently and safely.


Answer: You Bet !

And in fact its such an amazing boat that it swallowed all our gear and rowed just like it normally does, cruising speed 4 knots, safe and dry and as well behaved as ever.


The stunning Home Bay Motutapu island was the destination, total distance 8nm, rowing time 2 hours exactly plus an hour drinking tea and chewing the fat on Browns island along the way.

After a great afternoon setting up camp and a very enjoyable meal, (no dehydrated food here!) We settled into a rather chilly but quite comfortable night ashore.

Sunday saw us into the next wee mission, a short 2nm row to Waiheke island for an icecream.


Followed by another 2nm row to Motuihe island, no ice creams here but a cup of tea out of the trusty thermos and a snooze in the afternoon sun did the trick.


You guessed it, followed by a 2nm row back to Home bay. More good food and wine another chilly sleep and a stunning sunrise.


Before setting off on the return home journey of another 8nm. We had the tide against us on the way home but with a forecast of building easterly winds thought it best not wait for the tide, Approx 3 hours rowing to get home and we were spied departing Browns island by our roving reporter from St Helliers.


What a fantastic weekend, good company, great food, some fantastic rowing, stunning weather. There’s something quite special about getting away for the weekend under your own steam, no engines no sails just good mates some oars, an awesome boat and our beautiful country we call home….


Theres already talk of the next one…



Queens Birthday Mini Raid


Weather permitting a small group of us are planning a mini raid to Motutapu island, its going to be a simple affair, self catered and self reliant.


At this stage the loose plan is to leave Orakei boat ramp Saturday morning and head via Browns island for a lunch stop. finishing up at Home Bay Motutapu island.

Of course everything is Weather dependant and as much as I don’t trust forecasts much, the general trend is looking pretty hopeful.


This is NOT and organised event, so there will be no support vessels, your on your own. but if you have a small capable boat and would like to tag along or join us there your very welcome.


Kiwi Raid 2016

Well after 6 months of planning and 15 days of the most fun you can have in a small boat its a wrap, the inaugural Kiwi Raid and St Ayles Regatta is over.

43 people participated in the Raid,

Participants were from Tasmania, Western Australia, Scotland, Wellington and Auckland.

105nm Rowed or Sailed in small boats,

15 different marvellous destinations in the Hauraki gulf visited,

Over 40 hours of engine time on the Mother ship John Dory,

Approx 450 litres of petrol burned in the two safety boats,

2nd place in the Masters of Mahurangi rowing regatta.

Winners of the John Cole trophy for Aesthetic contribution to the Mahurangi regatta.

Heres a few photos of the fun and games, for a day by day account visit




The Kiwi Raid and Regatta 2016

Our first major event is The Kiwi Raid and Regatta 2016,

Its starts January 29th 2016 at Sandpit, and finishes fifteen days later in Auckland, Along the way there are lots of short adventures for sailors and rowers alike. We will have a two day St Ayles skiff regatta (short rowing races) at Whangaparoa in the middle which everyone can join in.

Its fully catered so you will get 3 meals a day, accommodation is mostly camping but with good facilities.

Heres the run sheet and a map to help make sense of it all.

Make sure you get your entries in asap, spaces are limited.

NZ Coastal Rowing Map A

Run Sheet.


Day 1              Fri 29th          HW 12:02      Distance: 8.6nm                                                                                Lunch: Goldsworthy bay      Camp: Martins Bay

Holiday Park

Arrive Sandspit, Registration safety gear checks etc. Trailers stored at Mikes section. Launch boats and journey to Martins Bay and set up camp.


Day 2              Sat 30th          HW 12:41      Distance: 4nm

Lunch: Sullivan’s                   Camp: Martins Bay                                                               Holiday Park

Mahurangi regatta, chance to join in the regatta or races from the beach. Entries on the beach at Sullivan’s. Leave skiffs at Scott’s Landing for night. Bus back to campground.


Day 3              Sun 31st         HW 13:21      Distance: 20nm return

Lunch: Warkworth                Camp: Martins Bay                                                               Holiday Park

Bus back to Scott’s Landing, day trip up the Mahurangi River to Warkworth. Lunch at Warkworth Cafes, bus trip to Parry Kauri Park and return. Row/sail back to Martins Bay Campground




Day 4              Mon 1st          HW 14:04      Distance: 4.2nm

Lunch: Moturekareka           Camp: Lidgard House

Pack up camp at Martins Bay Holiday Park and journey to Lidgard House (Bon Accord harbour) Possibly drop into Mansion House on the way.


Day 5              Tues 2nd        HW 14:50      Distance: 7nm return

Lunch: Tawharanui              Camp: Lidgard House

Day trip to Tawharanui and return to Lidgard House.


Day 6              Wed 3rd         HW 15:40      Distance: 6.5nm

Lunch: Coppermine              Camp: Motuora

Pack up camp at Lidgard’s, Journey to Motuora via Coppermine for lunch. Make camp at Motuora Island.


Day 7              Thu 4th           HW 16:36      Distance: 8.5nm

Lunch: Army Bay?                 Camp: YMCA Lodge

Pack up Motuora Island, and journey to Te Haruhi Bay via Army Bay. Accommodation at YMCA lodge Te Haruhi bay.


Day 8              Fri 5th                        HW 17:34      Distance: 6.85nm

Lunch: Tiritiri Matangi Is.     Camp: YMCA lodge


Day 9              Sat 6th             HW 18:32      Distance: 0

Lunch: YMCA                         Camp: YMCA

Setup Morning:         St Ayles regatta prep/boats/teams.

Afternoon:                  St Ayles regatta, racing in the bay.


Day 10            Sun 7th           HW 19:27      Distance: 0

Lunch: YMCA                         Camp: YMCA

St Ayles regatta, racing in the bay.


Day 11            Mon 8th          HW 20:19      Distance: 11nm

Lunch: Woody Bay                Camp: Home Bay

Pack up and journey to Home Bay, Motutapu Island


Day 12            Tue 9th           HW 08:49      Distance: 3.5nm

Lunch:            Rangitoto Summit    Camp: Home bay

Day at Home bay exploring Motutapu island or climbing to the summit of Rangitoto for the best view in Auckland.


Day 13            Wed 10th       HW 09:37      Distance: 9nm

Lunch: Oneroa via Blackpool Camp: Rocky Bay

(Whakanewha Bay)

Pack up Motutapu and journey to Rocky bay via Blackpool (walk up hill for lunch at Oneroa with spectacular views into the Hauraki gulf and sandy white beaches)


Day 14            Thu 11th        HW10:25       Distance: 7.5nm

Lunch: Nikau Track               Camp: Motuihe Island

Depart Rocky bay after packing up camp and walking up Nikau Track. Journey to Motuihe Island.


Day 15            Fri 12th          HW 11:14      Distance: 8nm

Lunch: Naval Museum          Camp: Auckland CBD Pack up camp at Motuihe, journey up the Waitamata stopping for lunch at the Devonport Navel Museum. Finish moored outside The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for dinner. (Own accommodation required in CBD). All boats berthed at the Westhaven Marina adjacent to RNZYS.


Saturday 13th February: Bus to Sandspit and collect trailers/cars. All boats out at Westhaven Boat Ramp.