RNZYS 150th Gala – a dazzling night at the Squadron

 In Member Interest, News, RNZYS 150, Squadron Events

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is set to sparkle on Saturday 21st of August as we celebrate our sesquicentenary year in style at our RNZYS 150th Gala Evening. 

The idea behind this is to put on an exceptional event for Members to get dressed up and come along to celebrate what will be a truly unique milestone occasion that we know all members will enjoy and remember for many years to come.

Arrive at the Squadron from 7pm onwards, dressed to impress, and immerse yourself within our RNZYS 150th Gala experience. Each of our spaces has a different theme, form of entertainment, as well as different drink and food offerings. With eight totally different spaces open, the gala is essentially eight spectacular events all wrapped into one night as you roam the Squadron and explore what each has to offer.  The spaces have various seating and dining options available for all ages. 

Starting with what is sure to be the main event, the vast Squadron ballroom will be the epicentre of the evening and will include a live big band – the Red Velvet Seat, a 7 piece band playing classic hits from all the years whilst you dine and drink your way around the live chef and bar stations. 

As fitting as could be, the Dinghy Locker will feature as the ‘Yachties Bar’ with classic yachtie favorites on offer throughout the night, with theming and tunes to match. 

Heading up the stairs you will soon stumble upon the Members Bar, with the ‘Kiwi Classics’ theme, serving classic fish and chip parcels with matching beverages, as well as a DJ playing great tunes.

Take a step back through the years and head to the Cornes Library for ‘Gin and Billiards’. We will have the finest Beefeater London Dry Gin on offer and the billiards table will be open for competition so pick up a cue and try your luck, or simply take a seat in cobbies corner, tell a few stories, and reflect on 150 years of this great club. 

Interested in the soothing sounds of live piano? Then the Quarterdeck with its ‘Classic Yachts & Piano’ theme will be the place for you. Enjoy a slow dance or simply sit back and enjoy the sounds of the keys with a glass of wine in hand. 

The Commodores Room is taking on a ‘Port Fitzroy’ theme, celebrating one of the best cruising destinations in the Hauraki Gulf that members have enjoyed over the last 15 decades. Kick back and enjoy a Glenlivet Whiskey or a tea / coffee and relax a little.


The final room is the Members Lounge, which will serve as a special VIP area for those that purchase the Commodores Warrant ticket option with a few extra special food items on offer. The room’s entertainment will include Lewis McCallum playing the saxophone. The room will be a exclusive Mumm Champagne lounge, with Ora King Salmon, Caviar & Blinis on the menu.

The once forbidden Committee Room will also be open, where you can view all of the Commodore portraits dating back to 1871. More details about this space to come soon.

We have two ticket options available, depending how much or what you prefer to indulge in on the night:

The Captain’s Pass includes wine, house bubbles, beer and non-alcoholic beverages throughout all of the venue as well as your food for the evening and entertainment.  This is priced at $150 and is excellent value.  There is a cash bar also available if you wanted to try some of the cocktails on offer in the Commodores Warrant package.

For those that would like to indulge in a few extra things then the Commodore’s Warrant is for you.  On top of the Captain’s Pass inclusions this also includes Mumm Champagne, Cocktails, and spirits as well as access to the Member’s Lounge that will have a premium food and beverage offer to also try.  This is priced at $250 per person and again exceptional value for what you will receive.  

Captain’s Pass | $150 per person

  • RNZYS 150th wines, beers and non-alcoholics
  • An array of smorgasbords and live stations throughout the Squadron
  • Various live entertainment across the spaces

Commodore’s Warrant | $250 per person

  • RNZYS 150th wines, beers and non-alcoholics
  • Cocktails, champagne and spirits
  • An array of smorgasbords and live stations throughout the Squadron
  • Various live entertainment across the spaces
  • Access to the exclusive VIP Lounge

We welcome you to bring your friends, family, crew or clients to this event that have a connection to the RNZYS. Our events often sell out and tickets are already selling fast – purchase yours today via: https://www.rnzys.org.nz/150thgala/

We hope to see you here on the 21st of August for what is going to be the biggest night at the Squadron in 150 years! You only turn 150 once! 

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