How to Follow the Helly Hansen Three Kings Race

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Each of the 16 yachts competing in the 2024 Helly Hansen Three Kings Race is fitted with a YB Tracker so that supporters at home can follow the action as it unfolds. 

The tracker will provide valuable information including speed over ground, distance to go, and overall provisional results as the fleet finishes. 

Available on the race website, and directly from the YB Tracking app for iPhone and Android, the tracker will be one of the vital places for race information. 

In addition to this, each yacht will provide position reports to Maritime Radio NZ at 0820 and 2020 for as long as they are racing. 

Updates will also be provided on the Helly Hansen Three Kings Race Facebook page and via the RNZYS Instagram page, and the race website – rnzys.org.nz/rnzys-events/three-kings-offshore-race  

The start date and time was officially changed on Tuesday 10th April due to the weather situation. The new start time is Friday 12th April at 0900 hours. Not other changes have been made. 

There were originally 17 yachts competing in the race, however, the Stewart 34 Playbuoy was forced to withdraw after the start date and time was changed. Shimmer has also opted to withdraw from the race citing weather conditions. This takes the fleet size down to 15.

Those competing in the race are encouraged to provide updates and will be eligible for a stack of prizes thanks to Helly Hansen. Sailors can tag @rnzys and @hellyhansenanz to be eligible for these prizes. Alternatively, sailors can provide their content directly to the social media race contact via WhatsApp number +6421892004. 

The major prize is a $12,000 OMEGA Seamaster timepiece which will be awarded to the top-placed RNZYS boat on PHRF overall which will be presented at the official prize-giving ceremony at 1900 hours on Friday the 3rd of May at RNZYS. 


AKONGA Shorthanded 9407 Nick Roberts Dehler 41 
CLOCKWORK Fully Crewed NZ110011 Steve Mair Shaw 12 
EQUILIBRIUM Fully Crewed 9380 Graham Matthews Marten 55/Botin Carkeek 55 
FAVOURITE… Shorthanded 9023 Andrew Aitken Elliott 1350 
HOTDOGGER Shorthanded 4812 Sinisa Grujicic Ross 930 
INDIS Shorthanded 9877 Andrew Benton Sun Fast 3300 
MR KITE II Fully Crewed 16522 Nathan Williams Cape 40 
PERFECT STORM Fully Crewed 9565 Lori Tyrrell Stomp 38 
PLAYBUOY Shorthanded 136 Guy Pilkington Guy Pilkington 
10 RAGNAR Shorthanded 10082 Derek Kerr Sunfast 3300 
11 RUM BUCKET Fully Crewed NZL9674 Quintin Fowler More 55 
12 SERENA Fully Crewed 28538 Josh Adams T1150 
13 SHIMMER Shorthanded 4379 Ben Freedman Townson 34 
14 START ME UP Fully Crewed K4903 Peron Pearse Ross 930 
15 V5 Fully Crewed NZL55555 Brian Petersen Alan Andrews Tp 52 
16 VIXEN Fully Crewed NZLO76 James Tucker Verdier 40 
17 WIRED Fully Crewed NZL10303 Rob Bassett Tp52 Bakewell/White 
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