Pacific Rim Yachting Challenge

Welcome to the 2018 Pacific Rim Yachting Challenge Regatta (also known as the “PacRim 2018”) site.  In 2018 the regatta will be held in Tauranga, NZ March 9-16, 2018.

This is a popular location for the Pacific Rim Challenge Regatta so be sure to attend the planning meetings and complete the application form (ambassador or racer) as they are now available. We are limited to 20 total participants due to home stay limitations. Applicants will be evaluated by a selection committee based on BYC and Sister City participation and sailing/racing experience (if you are applying as a sailor). Membership in Bellingham Sister Cities is required.

Below is the schedule of planning meetings and the event schedule as it becomes available.

PacRim 2018 – Tauranga, NZ @ Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club
Mar 9 – Mar 16 all-day

Proposed Format of the Regatta

  • Race format will be windward/leeward and/or Olympic courses.
  • Race boats will be Noelex 25 class boats. These are trailered centerboard boats.
  • Two boats per country with teams of four sailors per boat.
  • Each boat will also have an owner or owner representative aboard.

Proposed Schedule of Events

  • Friday 9th March 2018: Opening Ceremony and welcome from the Mayor of Tauranga followed by BBQ meal
  • Saturday 10th March:Practice Day
  • Sunday 11th March: Races 1 and 2
  • Monday 12th March: Races 3 and 4
  • Tuesday 13th March: Races 5 and 6
  • Wednesday 14th March: Lay day – Local sightseeing and Clubnight racing
  • Thursday 15th March: Races 7 and 8
  • Friday 16th March: Race 9, closing ceremony, prize giving by Mayor and formal banquet