Donald Hay Classic 2019 is around the corner

On Friday, 15 February, and Saturday, 16 February, we are hosting yet another Donald Hay Classic Regatta and Club to Club Race.

The race is open to all trailer yachts and fixed keel yachts 5.2m/17ft and over. Sports boats are welcome too, however they will not be for the event title.

Entries will close on Sunday, 10 February, at 23:59. To enter you need to fill in the entry form (please email us expressing your interest and we will send it to you) and pay entry fee of $50 per boat (there is only one fee, whether you compete in one or both races). Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Race Committee, and will be accompanied by additional charge of $20 per boat. To be eligible to compete, an owner and skipper of each boat should be a financial member of a club/organisation affiliated to Yachting NZ.

Les Rogerson Memorial Club to Club Race – Friday, 16 February

Briefing will start at 9.30 am at Wakatipu Yacht Club club house at Kelvin heights.

The race will be a Mark Foy start, with starting times issued on the day of the race and posted on the club’s notice board. The first boat will start no earlier than 10.00 am. The start will be at the WYC, and the finish by the Kingston Wharf.

The race will be followed by a prize giving to be held at Kingston Golf Club. Dinner menus will be available to purchase.

Donald Hay Race – Saturday, 17 February

Briefing wills start at 9.00 am at Kingston Station. The start of the race will be no earlier than 9.30 am.

The race will start in Kingston and finish by the WYC club house. The course will include the buoy rounding near Devils Staircase to take intermediate times. One eligible yacht will have to cross the finish line before 4.00 pm in order in order for full results to be taken at the finish line. All boats must finish within 90 min after the first boat in the respectful division has crossed the line.

Results of the race will be based on NZTYA handicaps. All boats will be divided into the following divisions:

  • Division A – rating 0.810 and below
  • Division B – rating 0.811 – 0.859
  • Division C – rating 0.860 and above
  • Division S – sports boats

The race will be followed by a complimentary BBQ and a prize giving to be held at WYC.

Additional info

For any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via

If you need any additional crew or are looking for a boat to crew on, please let us know in advance.

Entry form

Please find the entry form here.

About Donald Hay – did you know?

For all those who don’t know why the race is called Donald Hay Regatta, here is a quick look into Queenstown’s early history :).

Donald Hay was West Australian pioneer who found himself in Kingston in 1859. There he found a hidden mokihikihi raft and, with a blanket as a sail, set off to explore Lake Wakatipu. Battling winter storms and freezing water, he landed on the shores of Frankton after about two-week-long journey. Setting off on foot he eventually found another lake, Lake Hayes (that is named after him, though incorrectly recorded in history as Lake Hayes). Intending to stake his claim, he returned to Dunedin only to discover it had already been allocated to a man who had never even set foot in the area. Disgusted, he returned to West Australia and never set eyes on either lake again.

For further Queenstown history lessons, click here.

Photo credit: Otago Daily Times

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