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SSANZ promotes new two-crew 500nm Evolution Sails Northern Triangle race

by SSANZ 4 May 00:41 PDT 4 May 2021
RP52 Miss Scarlett at the start of Leg 2 - SSANZ Round the North Island - February 2020 © Short-handed Sailing Association of NZ

The Short Handed Sailing Association of New Zealand (SSANZ) has a long and successful history of running some of the most successful yacht racing in New Zealand, including the Lewmar Triple Series, Chains Ropes & Anchors Enduro, Evolution Sails Round North Island and the Round New Zealand Race.

In true SSANZ fashion we continue to add to our stable of legendary events with a new and exciting event for 2022 – the Evolution Sails Northern Triangle, a 500nm journey taking in Auckland, Mangonui and Tauranga in late February.

Our races are some of the most widely followed in New Zealand. With our social media presence, trackers and EPIC race videos, a stellar community of people who want to race hard, help each other out and of course socialise, we are sure that this new event will be a sell out.


40 YACHTS. 80 SAILORS. 3 LEGS. 510 NM.

Starting on Saturday 19th February at 0900 from Westhaven. Total of 510nm.

LEG ONE: Auckland Harbour to the entrance of Mangonui Harbour (approximately 154nm)

LEG TWO: Entrance of Mangonui Harbour to Tauranga Harbour (approximately 230nm)

LEG THREE: Tauranga Harbour to Auckland Harbour (approximately 126nm)

This IS a Round North Island 2023 Qualifier

ENTRY DETAILS. Entries open at 1900, Sunday 16th May 2020 for SSANZ members. Non-SSANZ members, your entry will open at 1900 on Tuesday 18th May 2020.

Entry is strictly limited to 40 boats. If required a waitlist system will apply after this.

Race entry fee is $900 for SSANZ Members, and $1000 for non SSANZ Members. Entry fees are non-refundable (joining SSANZ costs just $75 per year).

Entry is not transferrable to another boat/skipper. Skippers can transfer entry from one yacht to another – e.g to accommodate the sale and purchase of a new yacht prior to the start of the race – with the same skipper racing with the approval of SSANZ. No other transfers are possible.

Boats must be either a Monohull yacht bigger than 7.923m or a multihull yacht 10.0m or bigger, and must hold a current Category 3 Safety Certificate for the duration of the race. All other entry requirements as detailed in the Notice of Race must be met. Both skippers are required to attend Race Briefing on Friday 18th February 2022, RNZYS at 18:00.

Entrants are required to complete, and supply a number of documents as part of our Safety, Media and Race Management Requirements. Failure to do this by the nominated date may result in your race entry being cancelled and your entry being offered to the next yacht/skipper on the waitlist.

Entrants are required to meet certain other standards and requirements as detailed in the NOR, including YNZ category 3 safety requirements.

Additional information relating to this race can be found in the Notice of Race. We strongly encourage all skippers to carefully read this document, and understand all racing requirements prior to entering this race. The Notice of Race will be available from 1st May 2021

THE WAITLIST. When/if all 40 spots have been taken a waitlist system will apply to additional entries.

The waitlist can be joined by purchasing a ‘Ticket’ for $150

Wait listed boats will be offered spots as/if they become available in the order they join the waitlist.

In the event that a wait listed boat is offered a spot – they will have 48 hours to accept and pay the remaining entry fee. If they decline when offered a spot – the wait list fee will be forfeited.

A yacht can withdraw from the wait list any time before they are offered a spot and receive a full refund of the $150 wait list fee.

Any wait listed boat not offered a race spot by 1 December 2021 – will be refunded the wait list fee in full in December. It is not expected that after 1 December any new boats will enter the fleet due to the preparation and build up time needed for this race.

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