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PIC Harbour Classic unleashes nautical spectacle

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Aucklanders and visitors alike are in for a treat as this spectacle unfolds against the backdrop of Auckland’s iconic harbour.

The PIC Harbour Classic yacht regatta is gearing up to make waves this weekend as it boasts an impressive fleet of over 50 yachts vying for victory on the stunning waters of the Waitemata Harbour.

As a highlight of the month-long Moana Auckland festival, the PIC Harbour Classic promises a captivating display of vessels, ranging from a Pied Piper measuring just 6.5ft [1.98M], to a sleek and speedy 32ft foiling boat, to the fleet’s largest participant, the impressive Warwick 75ft monohull.

This diverse fleet will share the same start line for the 17-nautical-mile race, commencing at North Head, tracing along the north shore beaches to Torbay, and concluding with a return to North Head through the Rangitoto Channel.

Aucklanders and visitors alike are in for a treat as this spectacle unfolds against the backdrop of Auckland’s iconic harbour. Spectators are invited to gather at prime viewing spots along the shore to witness the splendour of these sailing marvels.

The PIC Harbour Classic serves as an excellent reason for Aucklanders to embrace and enjoy their magnificent harbour, whether by sea or land. Adding to the experience, participating boats will be moored at Jellicoe/North Wharf over the weekend of March 8 and 9.

This event is not only a celebration of maritime excellence but also a testament to the rich sailing culture that thrives in the local community.

For further details on the PIC Harbour Classic, visit www.harbourclassic.co.nz.
For information on the Moana Festival visit www.aucklandnz.com/moana

SOME HISTORY

The PIC HarbourClassic is based on the famous Barcolana Regatta in Trieste, Italy, developed more than 50 years ago. In 1959, 51 boats entered the inaugural Barcolana Regatta. It now holds the Guinness World Record as the largest regatta in the world with 2689 boats competing and is the biggest event for the city of Trieste. On the same starting line, expert sailors and sailing lovers race side by side on boats of different sizes divided into several divisions according to their overall length.

THE DETAILS

Dates: March 8 (5pm) to March 10 (12 noon) – Yachts moored at Jellicoe Wharf
March 9 (12noon) – Race on Waitemata Harbour

Best viewing spots
Devonport Wharf
North Head for up close, panoramic views
East Coast bay beaches from Cheltenham up to Torbay

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