Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

101 Curran Street, Westhaven Extension,
Herne Bay, Auckland 1011

PO Box 46 182, Herne Bay,
Auckland 1147, New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 360 6800
Fax: +64 9 360 6802



Royal new Zealand yacht squadron

AUCKLAND, New zealand

    The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron started life in 1871, in the name of the Auckland Yacht Club when the first set of rules and bylaws were produced. The first meeting places were the Thames and Waitemata Hotels on the corner of Customs and Queen Streets and the first Club Headquarters was not established until 1898/1900 when rooms were rented in the Palmerston Buildings. 
    As the colony of New Zealand developed, so did the Auckland Yacht Club. In 1887 it absorbed members of the Hauraki Yacht Club and later changed its name to New Zealand Yacht Squadron in 1901, and to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in 1902 when a royal warrant was granted.  His Royal Highness, Prince Philip. Duke of Edinburgh, is the patron. 
    The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is New Zealand’s senior yacht club. Its enormous reputation on the international yachting scene ensures that the Squadron occupies a position of high prestige both nationally and internationally. On the walls of the Squadron Ballroom are half models of some of the most distinguished yachts in New Zealand history.  Rainbow, KZ7, NZL 20, Steinlager 2, Fisher & Paykel, New Zealand Endeavour, Ceramco, Infidel, Shockwave, NZL 32, all of which have flown the Squadron’s Burgee at the highest level of international competition.     
    The Squadron’s trophy cabinets carry evidence of members’ skill and prowess in major regattas both in New Zealand and overseas as evidenced by the list of successes quoted. The Whitbread Trophy, The Admiral’s Cup, The Kenwood Cup, The Half, One and Two Ton Cups, The Sydney to Hobart Race, The Champagne Mumm World Cup have all been won by Squadron representatives. We have been very proud to add The Louis Vuitton Trophy, The Thomas Lipton Cup, The Pell Cup (from the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, New York) and The America’s Cup to our collection, thanks to Team New Zealand’s success in San Diego in 1995 and Auckland in March 2000. In 2007 Emirates Team New Zealand was successful in winning the Louis Vuitton Trophy from a field of 11 challengers at Valencia.  In 2009 they won the inaugural Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, beating Alinghi 3–1 from a field of nine challengers.

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updated Sunday, September 08, 2013