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A celebration of The New Zealand ‘A Class’ Gaff Yachts

From the iconic Robert Logan designed ‘Waitangi’ (1894) through to the Arch Logan ‘Rawene’ (1908) this exhibition assembled the seven A Class Gaffs still actively sailing in New Zealand.

 The exhibition was held over two weekends and showcased the many successful ‘A Class’ gaff yachts that still race on the Waitemata Harbour. The display celebrate the designers, boatbuilders, technology and construction of the yachts and their respective history with information boards. Access to the yachts was free to the general public over the two weekends with large viewing numbers in attendance.

 Logan designed and built gaff yachts on display:

A2 Rawhiti         1905                     A3 Ariki                1904
A5 Rawene         1908                     A6 Waitangi        1894
A7 Rainbow        1898                    A10 Thelma         1897
A11Frances        1906

The exhibition culminated in a ‘race’ on the harbour and photo shoot of the occasion as seen below. The event was sponsored by Perpetual Guardian, Trillian Trust, Viaduct Harbour Holdings, Mt Gay Rum and the Tino Rawa Trust.


Classic Yacht and Launch Exhibition

The Tino Rawa Trust organises the ‘Classic Yacht and Launch Exhibition’ each year at the Wynyard Quarter, Viaduct Harbour.

The annual event in October is part of the ‘Auckland City Heritage Festival’ and celebrates our classic yacht and launch history, the owners, designers, boat builders and their respective stories.  

Each year the event focuses on a specific topic such as era, designers, classes and method of construction. 

Previous events have included renowned Auckland boat designers and builders Colin Wild, Jack Brooke, Bob Stewart, Jim Young and Des Townson. Other events successfully showcased the Logans, Baileys, Stewart 34’s, Mullet Boat class, the NZ Clinker Dinghy and NZ Sailing Dinghy.

Static displays include information and the history on the vessels that are rafted up on the water and on the hardstand in Karanga Plaza.

Vessel owners and classic yacht enthusiasts share their stories and the vessels are available for inspection over the three day event.

This is a key objective by the Tino Rawa Trust, in sharing the history and stories of our unique maritime history to not only the classic yacht enthusiast but to the general public as well.


Patio Bay

A highlight of the Classic Yacht Association Event Calendar is the 22nm Patio Bay Race in early December.

With a start line off Orakei Wharf, the ‘Mark Foy‘ race means staggered start times based on handicaps with the smaller yachts starting first and the bigger, faster yachts last. If the handicapper has got the start times and weather right, all competitors should descend on the finish line at the same time creating plenty of action competing for the finishing gun.

The Tino Rawa Trust provides the ‘Wild Duck’ as the Race Committee Finish Boat.

The CYA racing fleet is joined mid afternoon by the classic launches with an eagerly anticipated CYA Xmas BBQ at Bert and Margaret Woolcott’s very traditional Kiwi bach.


Mahurangi Weekend and Auckland Anniversary Regatta

The annual Mahurangi Weekend coincides with the Auckland Anniversary Regatta and is a veritable weekend festival of classic yacht racing and displays.

Starting with the 24nm Auckland to Mahurangi on the Friday night, this very successful race is hosted by the Devonport Yacht Club. 


Most vessels arrive at Mahurangi on Friday afternoon to settle in and watch various activities with the Mahurangi Regatta on the Saturday. The official race in the afternoon sees a two lap course in and out of Mahurangi Harbour and around Whale Island. This is  followed by a BBQ and prize giving at Scott’s Landing. A fun weekend with road access for non-boating friends and family to join in.


On the Monday the Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, sees the classic fleet again racing off the Auckland waterfront. With commanding views at North Head, Bastion Pt and along the harbour shorelines the classic yacht fleet racing is spectacular viewing for all. 

The Regatta attracts a huge fleet of vessels including tall ships, gaff riggers, sloops, racing keelers, multihulls, sailing dinghies, radio controlled boats, Waka Ama, elegant Sea Scout craft, our restored classic yachts, tug boats and America’s Cup yachts. 


CYA Racing

The Tino Rawa Trust regularly participates in the Classic Yacht Association’s Event Calendar from October through to April as well as mid winter races hosted by other yacht clubs.

The Trusts ‘Logan’ fleet of Wairiki, Jesse Logan and Rawene are joined by Tucana, Kotuku and Corona on the start line. 

This year will see the return of Dolphin and Ngataki to the active register after major restorations.

If you are interested in joining us for any of these events, please email