The City of Sails24 November 2017 Go back
After a challenging sail south from Fiji, the Oyster World Rally fleet arrived in New Zealand. The majority of the fleet made landfall in the Bay of Islands to rest before making the journey down to Auckland to celebrate the completion of Part I ’The Pacific Rally’.
Although not its capital, Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. Located on the North Island with an urban population of around 1,495,000 and an estimated one in three Auckland households owning a boat, it has played host to two America’s Cup challenges and will be the venue for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021.
The Oyster World Rally fleet gathered at Silo Marina to enjoy a wine tasting evening, courtesy of Jackson Estate and Pask Winery. Guests sampled a number of locally produced reds and whites, whilst swapping tales of their passage down from Fiji and plans for their onward New Zealand adventures.
Of course, no stopover is complete without an Oyster party so to celebrate the conclusion of Part I ‘The Pacific Rally’, Auckland’s most prestigious yacht club, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, hosted a special evening for the fleet. After drinks, canapés and a traditional Maori welcome, a celebratory dinner was held in the club’s famous Squadron Ballroom followed by live music from Phil Madsen and dancing long into the night. A fantastic evening was had by all and this was perhaps the perfect way to celebrate the achievement of sailing half way around the world.
See the New Zealand events in pictures in the gallery