Please select your home edition
Edition
SOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 TOP

Auckland Noumea Race cancelled due to political unrest in New Caledonia

by Royal Akarana Yacht Club 22 May 19:22 PDT
Auckland Noumea Race 2024 has been cancelled © RAYC

Royal Akarana Yacht Club, hosts of the Auckland Noumea Yacht Race in conjunction with Cercle Nautique Calédonien (CNC), have announced that the event due to commence on Saturday 25th May has been cancelled. The last-minute withdrawal from running the 990nm race was a forced decision due to the civil unrest unfolding in the capital of New Caledonia, the finishing location for the Auckland Noumea Yacht Race.

On Thursday, 16th May 2024, Past Commodore and Race Director Sally Garrett formally decided, in conjunction with current Commodore Nick Hanson and the RAYC Offshore Committee, that the race would be cancelled.

“We have been watching the events unfold, and while actions are being taken on the island with a call for calm, the safety of our sailors and volunteers is first and foremost our main priority,” said Garrett.

“One of our entrants, Poulpito, is from Noumea and is currently on their passage to Auckland for the race. We also have Awen at sea, in the middle of completing their qualifying passage. Up until just four days ago, we were on track to host the race, with the YB trackers having also arrived from the UK, which were to be fitted to each yacht,” continued Garrett.

RAYC is committed to returning to Noumea and to supporting CNC in the future. We hope that the CNC team and the families of competitors in Noumea remain safe and that we can reunite with them soon.

“We aren’t giving up, but it is getting harder to host these types of events – our committee will work hard over the next few months and present offshore racing options to the fleet,” said Garrett.

Related Articles

Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2025 update
Chasing titles and records Both the reigning line honours champion and overall winner of Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race are to return for the second edition of the race in 2025 in a bid to reclaim the titles they captured. Posted on 4 Jun
Doyle Sails signs partnership with Royal Akarana
Doyle Sails signs significant partnership with Royal Akarana YC extending Doyle support of club sail Royal Akarana Yacht Club has signed a significant partnership with New Zealand owned and operated sailmaker Doyle Sails. Posted on 9 Nov 2023
Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2023 update
The crews report that those affected have got past the early seasickness, and are now charging hard Four of the five competitors elected to go the Southern side of the Rhumb Line in the dash to the top of New Zealand. By and large, you'd have to say it paid. Posted on 11 Oct 2023
Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2023 start
A 1250 nautical mile course, which is virtually double that of the famous Sydney to Hobart And they're off! At 1300hrs AEDT on October 7, 2023, the yachts and crews in the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race left Sydney Harbour, bound for Auckland. Posted on 7 Oct 2023
Hong Kong entry in race for Lipton Cup
A sense of history in the Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race When competitors leave the Sydney Harbour start line in the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's (RPAYC) inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race on Saturday 7 October 2023, a sense of history will beckon all. Posted on 21 Jun 2023
Auckland Fiji Race 2023 - Expressions of Interest
Royal Akarana YC is seeking expressions of interest for the 2023 edition of the Auckland Fiji Race It's time to get back on the offshore bandwagon, with sailing returning to normal after the pandemic - the Royal Akarana Yacht Club is seeking expressions of interest for the the 2023 edition of the Auckland Fiji Yacht Race. Posted on 27 Jul 2022
Tokyo2020: Kiwi Nacra 17 races despite broken leg
Nacra 17 crew, Micah Wilkinson and Erica Dawson will race at Enoshima - despite a broken leg Nothing it seems, is going to get in the way of Nacra 17 crew, Micah Wilkinson and Erica Dawson, competing at the Tokyo Olympics - not even a broken leg. Posted on 20 Jul 2021
RAYC announces Youth America's Cup squad
RAYC announces eight sailors for Youth America's Cup Squad sailing the AC9F Royal Akarana Yacht Club has announced a squad of eight sailors who will train for the four positions on the racing team in its entry in the 2021 Youth America's Cup. Posted on 7 Jul 2020
Entries are now open for the PIC Coastal Classic
The 38th PIC Coastal Classic Yacht Race from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands With 150 days to go, the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club (NZMYC) are now taking entries for the 38th PIC Coastal Classic Yacht Race from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands. Organizers are now accepting entries online. Posted on 25 May 2020
Video: SSANZ Round the North Island full doco.
All of the action and reactions from on and off the water in the SSANZ Round the North Island Relive all the moments from the 2020 edition of the Shorthanded Sailing Association Evolution Sails Round North Island Race which took a fleet of 38 yachts from Auckland to Mangouni, Wellington, Napier and then back to Auckland. Posted on 31 Mar 2020
Vaikobi 2024 FOOTERHenri-Lloyd Fathers Day 2024North Sails Performance 2023 - FOOTER