Enter Now: Helly Hansen Three Kings Offshore Race!

 In Major Regattas, News

With four months until the race starts, we’re thrilled to announce Helly Hansen as naming rights sponsor for the Helly Hansen Three Kings Offshore Race, starting 11th April 2024.

This 500 nautical mile long race starts and finishes in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour with a course that takes competitors north-west of Cape Reinga around Three Kings Islands, featuring two 90km open water crossings where the Tasman Sea and South Pacific Ocean meet. It’s a legendary adventure race last sailed in 2022, and this next edition also serves as a qualifier for the Auckland to Noumea Offshore race scheduled for May 2024.

“We’re delighted with the support this special event has received to date, and to have Helly Hansen’s backing as they begin to enter the NZ market” says Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Vice Commodore Gillian Williams. “The continued support by so many of our partners enables us to deliver world-class events, and this year we are also fortunate to offer some extraordinary prizes too”.

While there are divisions for skippers to opt into racing fully-crewed or two-handed, and the race is open to entrants from all clubs, this years’ top placed RNZYS boat will receive an OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean time piece valued over $12,000!

Having also extended support to this year’s Sydney to Hobart yacht race, Helly Hansen’s Cameron Mahoney says “We are thrilled to be announced as the naming sponsor of the Helly Hansen Three Kings Offshore Race. This partnership marks a significant milestone for Helly Hansen in New Zealand, marrying our devotion to sailing excellence with the esteemed heritage of the RNZYS. With our shared passion for sailing and commitment to excellence, this partnership is a natural fit”.

Standard entries for the race have been extended until 31st January 2024. More information for competitors can be found online at the RNZYS Website.

Current entries as at 22/01/2024:

Fully Crewed Division

Mr Kite II Nathan Williams
Rum Bucket Quinten Fowler
Triple 8 Roger Pagani
V5 Brian Petersen
Wired Rob Bassett

Short Handed Division

Akonga Nick Roberts
Favourite Andrew Aitken
Indis Andrew Benton
Playbuoy Guy Pilkington
Shimmer Ben Freedman
Start Me Up Harri Wren

2022’s winning yacht WIRED pictured at the remote Three Kings Island group. Photo by Ivor Wilkins.

About Helly Hansen
Founded in Norway in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to develop professional grade apparel that helps people stay and feel alive. Through insights drawn from living and working in the world’s harshest environments, the company has developed a long list of first-to-market innovations, including the first supple waterproof fabrics more than 145 years ago. Other breakthroughs include the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s, the first technical base layers in the 1970s, made with Lifa® Stay Dry Technology, and today’s award winning and patented H2Flow™ temperature regulating system.

Helly Hansen is a leader in technical sailing, outdoor and performance ski apparel, as well as premium workwear. Its ski uniforms are worn and trusted by more than 55,000professionals and can be found on Olympians, National Teams, Rescue Services and at more than 200 ski resorts and mountain guiding operations around the world.

Helly Hansen’s outerwear, base layers, sportswear and footwear are sold in more than 60 countries and trusted by outdoor professionals and enthusiasts around the world. To learn more about Helly Hansen’s latest collections, visit www.hellyhansen.com.au

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