Russell Boating Club, Russell, Bay of Islands

Russell Boating Club


The club runs a number of boating related events throughout the year including Regatta’s, Club racing, Inter Club racing and Cruising weekends. Dates for these events are listed in our Club Calendar. A  printable version of the annual racing calendar can be found HERE:

One of our many highlights in the racing calendar is the Tall Ships Regatta which is normally run in early January. 


The following race series will be run this season

Patron’s Cup - for the yacht with the most starts in Russell Boating Club and Inter-club races between the first evening race of the season and the last Duke of Marlborough Hotel weekend series race inclusive. 

Wednesday Evening Racing

Cater Marine Spring and Summer Series - Extra’s can be used. Spring series 6 races, best 5 count. Summer series 4 races, best 3 count.

Omata Estate Series - Extra’s can be used. Held on alternate Wednesdays to Cater marine series Spring series 5 races, best 4 count. Summer series 5 races, best 4 count

Paroa Bay Winery Women’s Spring & Summer Series. Wednesday evening races where extra’s can be used. Must be a woman on the helm. 3 races per series

Summer Weekend Racing

Duke of Marlborough Hotel Series - for the Duke of Marlborough Cub. 6 weekend races, all count

Northern Hiab Single Handed Series - 3 weekend races, all count. Auto Pilots are allowed. Extra’s can be used

Opua - Russell Inter-club Race Series - for the Fisher & Paykel Trophy. 3 races series held between October and March.

Epiglass Race. One inter-club race between Kerikeri, Opua and Russell.

Hellhole Espresso Rum Race - All comers race to a TBD Bay of Island destination, raft up and party like it’s 1822

Winter Racing

Willis Sails Winter Series - One weekend race each month. Four races, all count

Sailing Instructions and Course Sheets

Racing information including Sailing Instructions, Officer of the Day (OOD) and Course Sheets will be emailed to skippers providing their details are held with the RBC Racing Committee. 

Keelboat General Sailing Instructions (V8.2 - 30 September 2022)

Wednesday Evening Racing Course Sheets (V2.8 20 September 2018)

Yachting NZ Racing Rules of Sailing - 2021-2024

Amendments to YNZ Safety Regulations of Sailing

Fisher & Paykel Trophy Inter-club series Sailing Rules. These rules are to be read in conjunction with the General Sailing Instructions. Where there is a conflict between these rules and the organising club’s sailing instructions, these rules shall prevail.


All Russell Boating Club, Kerikeri Cruising Club  and Opua Cruising Club boats can race, but trophies and series points will only be awarded to boats skippered by financial racing members of any of the three clubs. Registration for a race occurs by a boat being in the start area prior to starting . A minimum of 2 boats coming to the starting area is required for races to be held.


Races will be held in the waters of the Bay of Islands. Course sheets will be provided for races. 

A Map showing the location of rounding marks commonly used in our race courses can be found here:

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