Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021

Conquer the Tasman, Sailing Yachts!

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron are excited to announce their partnership for the 1250nm Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021.

The race will start on Sydney Harbour on 30 January 2021 and finish in Auckland Harbour in time to join the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron celebrate their 150th Anniversary. This challenging Category 1 race is open to offshore cruising and racing yachts, Superyachts, ocean racing multihulls, as well as incorporating a rally for cruisers.

The program in Auckland will be diverse and entertaining. Yachts from around the world will gather including a fleet of J Class yachts, Superyachts, as well as international classics fleet. There will no doubt be an enthusiastic and festive atmosphere!

For all information, including entry and Notice of Race, please visit www.sydneytoauckland.com.

Are you ready to race?

Moonen Yachts is a Netherlands-based builder of luxury superyachts recently acquired by Australian owners, Matthew and Louise Baxter.

Welcoming the company as naming rights sponsor of the 1250 nautical mile race, Robert McClelland, Chairman of the RPAYC race organising committee said: “We are thrilled to be entering this partnership with Moonen Yachts. Their commitment to producing global voyaging vessels of the highest standard adds to the prestige and is a good fit for this new yacht race.”

Commenting on their sponsorship, Matthew Baxter noted: “It’s our goal to present Moonen Yachts to the world, to a larger audience. And of course, with Sydney Harbour in our backyard and our connection to New Zealand, we’re proud to bring the brand to the South Pacific.”

The Baxters first connected to the brand when they spotted a Moonen yacht in Pittwater, where the RPAYC is also based: “We were curious because she stood out. It was love at first sight,” Louise Baxter commented.

“The brand is impeccable, no question, and the team is very talented,” added Matthew. “They’re all very passionate about what they are building.”

Matthew and Louise Baxter live in Sydney and are no strangers to yachting. “I started sailing when I was eight,” said Matthew, who is the founder of AM Group, a global group of manufacturing companies he founded in 1972 – the same year the couple bought Barbarian, a Sparkman & Stephens design, which they still own. The pair subsequently purchased a Finnish Swan 60.

“We sailed all over the Pacific in that boat. I circumnavigated New Zealand and I’ve sailed to Noumea with Louise five times,” he said.

The Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race is less than a year out now and has already attracted serious interest from some high-profile yachts and crews and others who are keen to make their mark in the inaugural race!

“We are looking forward to the Sydney-Auckland Race in early 2021. We’ve built a great team over the last three years from people on crew registers and their friends. We enjoy sailing together and sail safe, enjoy the journey, always strive to meet the expectations of the racing rules. And yes, sail as fast as we can.”
– One of the early entries, Ian Edwards, owner of Dehler 46 –

The ongoing issues with Coronavirus (COVID-19) have caused the RPAYC to postpone a host of club events. Preparations for the inaugural Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race will proceed. So we hope you make yourselves ready to race and to conquer the Tasman!

Stay informed about RPAYC events on https://www.rpayc.com.au/.