Moonen Yacht 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 help the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron celebrate their 150th Anniversary and enjoy the 36th Americas Cup. 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, international classics fleet as well as the Prada Cup series and America’s Cup Match. There will no doubt be a party atmosphere as the country comes out to celebrate a famous club and the world’s most renowned yachting competition!

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

Don’t hesitate to join this cup and take the opportunity to be already looking forward to 2021!

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 heads 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 Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is also pleased to announce the famous ‘Auld Mug’, the America’s Cup, is headed across the Tasman Sea to the Club for a special weekend of events, marking the first time it has been seen in Australia since the 30th anniversary of Australia winning the Cup back in September 1983. The America’s Cup Defender and Challenger of Record have finally come to an agreement on the Match Conditions for the 36th America’s Cup. As part of the agreement, the wind range for racing in the America’s Cup Match will be 6.5 to 23 knots.

The ongoing issues with Coronavirus (COVID-19) have caused the RPAYC to postpone this and a host of other club events.  RPAYC is hoping to be able to be able run the America’s Cup later this year. Preparations for the inaugural Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race will proceed.

Stay informed about the America’s Cup and other RPAYC events on https://www.rpayc.com.au/.