Registrations are now open for the Snake Bank Regatta

Download entry form below.


The Club’s main sailing activities include:

  • Weekend and weeknight sailing from October to April
  • Destination and Fun Sails
  • Tutukaka Race and Return Race
  • Snake Bank Classic
  • Learn to Sail

Sailing activities are run by the sailing committee which is lead by our Vice Commodore.

Learn to Sail

  Our learn to sail programme is run depending on demand. Adults and youngsters learn to skipper a sailing dinghy appropriate to their size by a competent club member and/or a Yachting New Zealand qualified coach. Contact the Vice Commodore using the details on the contact us page.

Yachting NZ “Have a Go” Programme

  The Marsden Yacht and Boat Club has participated in Yachting New Zealand’s “Have-a-Go” programme from 2006. The programme is run by the national body and is organised directly by schools wishing for their students to participate in sailing.  The club hosts young people from local schools. In recent years One Tree Point Primary school, Ruakaka Primary School and Waipu Primary School have all actively taken part. If you would like your children to become involved please talk to your school. For more information on YNZ’s programme, click Have-a-Go.

Snake Bank Classic

  A new event created in 2015.  Promoting all forms of sailing on the Whangarei harbour this event is a no holds barred open sailing race for anything with a sail. Keelers against Kites. Centre boards against boards. Held on the magnificent Whangarei Harbour, weather and wind permitting it hopes to show case water sports at its very best with a variety of craft embarking on a race around the famous Bank, the scene of many spectacles and an iconic piece of sand and shell that appears to have not changed since the beginning of time itself. The race could be a blaze of glory if winds are strong or a steely test of skill and patience should lighter winds prevail.

 Sunday Racing


Racing is run every other weekend from October through to April.

For further information please see the sailing calendar here or contact the vice commodore using the details on the contact page.


The Tutukaka Race 


Our annual flagship yachting event is held each year in mid-summer. The prize-giving for the first leg of the race (One Tree Point to Tutukaka Marina) takes place that night at the Tutukaka Fishing Club. The return leg prizes are awarded at the MYBC’s annual prize-giving night in May, and all entrants are invited to join us for that.

Don’t have a boat?….. Don’t worry we do!


Currently the club owns 5 Optimist Class sailing dinghies, 2 Lasers, 1 RS Feva and 1 starling. We have 1 patrol boat, 1 start/coaching boat and 1 coaching boat. Certificates and prizes are awarded at our annual AGM/Prize-giving Dinner in May.

The Marsden Yacht and Boat Club is keen to build on a rich heritage and continue to push a fantastic sport. Anyone looking to learn to sail or get back out sailing in any form including racing should contact the vice commodore using the details on the contact us page.