Royal Akarana Yacht Club is the home of blue water sailing in New Zealand, hosting a variety of offshore races for those keen to explore the world beyond the safe harbour of the Waitemata.
With races to Fiji, Noumea, Three Kings, White Island and locally around Great Barrier Island and Rangitoto, sailing enthusiasts look to RAYC for the chance to race offshore. In addition to Category 3, 2 and 1 Races, RAYC also has a very successful grassroots sailing academy, which teaches the next generation of sailors.
RAYC is home to some of New Zealand’s most respected and traditional fleets. The M-Class, which has been active since 1927, is one of the oldest fleets still racing. The Flying 15’s, who are some of RAYC’s most active committee members and volunteers, train and race from the club. In 2015 the Auckland Sailing Club merged with RAYC and since then the 12′ Skiffs and grand prix 18′ Skiffs race as part of the club.
In 2015 RAYC also introduced a fleet of racing Optimists. These sailors have now progressed into the Starling class, and once they graduate from single handed sailing, these young athletes will advance to the 29er.
In addition to these classes, RAYC also hosts racing from A-Class catamarans, Moths, RS700s and RS Fevas.
But RAYC is more than just sailing. We are also home to the Royal Akarana Paddlers.
Memberships are now available for Royal Akarana Yacht Club with the official season running from the 1st September to the 31st August.