Snake Bank Regatta 2018





"Not just for Boats..... Anything that Floats!"

Online Entry


Two Step Process:

1) Complete online Entry Form

2) Pay the Race entry fee (Details on entry form)


You will receive an email confirmation of your entry immediately from the entry system.

Refunds - We will refund the amount paid if entries are cancelled prior to 27th January 2018. No refund will be paid after 27th January 2018.

Cancellation - In extreme weather or force majeure the event may be cancelled any time. In this situation entry fees are non-refundable, although we will do our very best to reschedule the event.

Early Bird Entry Prize - To be eligible for the early bird entry prize (Apple Watch Series 3) you must enter and pay before the 27th January 2018.

Prize Eligibility - Recipients of prizes must be present at prize giving. In the event a recipient is not present the prize shall be given to the next eligible recipient present. *Exclusion - Placed prizes, apart from nominated time

Try Paddling or Sailing


Need a Board or Kayak - See link below for renting a board or kayak.

Want to Try Sailing - See link below to register interest in crewing a yacht. This option is free but subject to availability of a suitable boat.




Red Paddle Co 11.0' Sport SUP Combo RRP $2025


Apple Series 3 Watch RRP $529


Apple Series 3 Watch RRP $529 (Classic)

Apple Series 3 Watch RRP $529 (Challenge)


* To be eligible for early bird prize you must enter and pay before 27th January 2018. * To be eligible to win any prize recipients must be present at prize giving

Race Entry:

Challenge Original 4km (paddle) $25 over 18 years $5 under 18 years
Challenge Beginner 2km (paddle) $25 over 18 years $5 under 18 years
NEW Challenge X Ultimate 8km (paddle) $25 over 18 years $5 under 18 years
Classic Full Course (sail) $25 over 18 years $5 under 18 years
Classic Short Course (sail) $25 over 18 years $5 under 18 years

* Race entry is per craft


Proceeds from Race Entries:

An equal share to each of the following Coastguard, St. John’s Ambulance, Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving, Sail Northland Charitable Trust, MYBC Learn to Sail Initiative

Information on the Race Events


Get dressed for success with your best fancy dress and whether your paddling or sailing, embark on the epic journey out to Snake Bank and back again.

The Paddle Race (Snake Bank Challenge)


The Snake Bank Challenge is a race for any person of any age with any craft powered by a paddle or hand. The challenge is to get around the 4km course.  The race is to be the first or the fastest in division.  Whether your racing or challenging yourself or others it will be a great day out for you and the family.

There is also a beginner/junior course for those still wanting to get on the water but relax a little more.  The beginner/junior course is approximately 1.5km.

The Sail Race (Snake Bank Classic)


The Snake Bank Classic 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.

Paddle Race Prizes


  • Fastest craft
  • Closest to Nominated Time
  • 1st Race paddleboard
  • 1st Cruiser paddleboard
  • 1st kayak
  • 1st team craft
  • 1st dinghy
  • 1st under 18 year old

Sail Race Prizes


  • Fastest craft (Snake Bank Classic Trophy)
  • Closest to Nominated Time
  • 1st Kite
  • 1st Windsurf
  • 1st Centreboard
  • 1st Trailer Sailer
  • 1st Keeler
  • 1st under 18 years skipper

General Prizes


  • Best dressed
  • Most unconventional craft
  • Spot Prizes


  • Early bird entry
  • Draw for the SUP Package
  • Plus lots more

* SBR Organisers reserve the right to change prize allocations due to the entries received for different divisions

Racing Documents and Information

Paddle Race

Safety Briefing 11:30am
First Warning 11:55am
High Water 4:23pm

You can download documents below:

Sail Race

Safety Briefing 1:45pm
First Warning 2:25pm
High Water 4:23pm

You can download documents below:


Off Water Event


In the spirit of a true regatta day there will be good food, refreshments and live entertainment. The combined prize giving will be held at 5:30pm.

The bar will be open from 12:00pm with food available throughout the day.

A truly family friendly day out with live entertainment from 2:00pm will allow competitors and spectators to enjoy the decks of Marsden Yacht & Boat Club on a hopefully barmy Northland summer's day.