Marsden Cove Marina Route 66


Friday 3 March 2023

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. There is also a start from Gulf Harbour. 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, 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 sailors have a few special requirements. The final safety requirements are in the NOR and Sailing Instructions.


There is a growing community of singlehanders racing each year and it is part of the RYC Singlehanded Series. Why? …for the race, for the challenge, and perhaps you have a boat and no mates 🙂

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?

Berthage is provided at Marsden Cove Marina to race boats from arrival Friday night to departure on Saturday. If you need more time please contact the marina.  On arrival a berthing master will be on hand to direct you to your berth. The marina can accommodate multihulls with ease! 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. OYC cooks up a fantastic breakfast starting at 8:00 – bring cash and go to the events tent to get your plate. The prize giving will follow breakfast.

Party at Kawau Saturday Night?

After the success of previous events, we are again planning a party for returning boats at Kawau Boating Club for Saturday night. The basics are simple: plan to sail to Bon Accord Harbour Saturday after the race and come up to the KBC for a good time that evening. Food, fun, and a special menu for hungry sailors.