Marsden Cove Marina Route 66


Friday 1 March 2024


The Marsden Cove Marina Route 66 is Richmond Yacht Club’s ‘short’ coastal race – 66nm from Auckland to Marsden Cove, Whangarei. Organised in association with Onerahi YC, the race includes open keeler, multihull and the singlehanded divisions.  With a 9AM start you’ll finish Friday evening with time to join in the party at Marsden Cove Marina. It is a great introduction to coastal racing for new boats as the safety requirements are Cat 4+ and the fleet stays within the barrier islands.

Thanks to title sponsor Marsden Cove Marina our sponsors Safety At Sea, Sailutions, Burnsco Westhaven, PredictWind, Mariner Insurance, Mount Gay, Floating Dock Services and Ropeye.

What are the safety requirements?

Cat 4 PLUS jackstays and lifelines (to cat 3 requirements, so cat 3 cats are good to go), an EPIRB/PLB and some other safety goodies in a grab bag.  Singlehanded and shorthanded sailors have a few special requirements. The final safety requirements are in the NOR and Sailing Instructions

Singlehanded, Two Handed or Fully Crewed!

This season brings the opportunity to sail singlehanded OR two-handed for those not wanting to sail fully crewed.

Is PHRF required?


PredictWind Tracker?

Yes, and it’s required – see the SIs for more details. View the race as it happens using the PredictWind Tracker App or click here to view the race on your web browser. Thanks to PredictWind!

Berthing at Marsden Cove?

Free berthage is provided at Marsden Cove Marina.  Boats must be prepared and equipped to raft up as individual berths may no longer be available.  On arrival a berthing master will be on hand to direct you to your berth. Check out the Marsden Cove Marina facilities and Marina Map.

Party, Breakfast, and Prizegiving?

The dock party after the race is always memorable, be sure to come up to join in the fun. Boats are encouraged to have a great time on arrival at Marsden Cove but please be respectful of the marina and the people working and staying there. Breakfast is available in the marquee, starting at 8:00 – eftpos available. The prize giving will follow breakfast.

Party at Kawau Saturday Night?

Returning boats can meet up in Bon Accord Harbour on the Saturday night for an informal get-together.