Weather watch in force for Helly Hansen Three Kings Race 

 In Major Regattas

The second edition of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Helly Hansen Three Kings Race is set to start at 1500 hours on Thursday 11th April. 

However, given the current forecast of 20 gusting 37 knots from the northeast, the race committee is closely monitoring the situation. Warnings are currently in place for the start time and into Friday morning. 

RNZYS General Committee member and Race Director for the Helly Hansen Three Kings Race, Scott Wilson, said that he and his team are keeping a close eye on the weather situation that’s unfolding. 

“We are closely monitoring the unfolding forecast for both wind and sea state. The goal is to get the fleet around the Three Kings safely, and we will provide an update on the situation on Wednesday, the 10th of April,” said Wilson. 

17 yachts ranging from Ross 930s to a Botin Carkeek 55, the race caters to those keen to stretch their legs in a Category 2 offshore race. 

At approximately 500nm in length, the race starts in front of RNZYS between the start tower and the yellow outer distance marker, giving spectators on shore and watching from the member’s bar the perfect views of the starting action. From there the fleet head north to the collective islands that make up the Three Kings (Ohau/West Island, Princes Islands, Moekawa/South-West Island, Manawatawhi/Great Island, Oromaki/North East Island), before heading south back towards the finish off the Squadron. 

The TP52 Wired, skippered by Rob Bassett, took out the 2022 race on both line and PHRF, and are back to defend their title.  

There are two Ross 930’s lining up for this race, Start Me Up and Hotdogger who are likely to match race each other up and down the east coast of New Zealand. 

Lori Tyrrell, owner / skipper of the Stomp 38 Perfect Storm, is excited for the race ahead. 

“Perfect Storm is a bit of a weapon, and we’ve overhauled a lot of her systems and modified things to allow us to manage her two handed, however for this race, we are going fully crewed,” said Tyrrell. 

“Having only owned her for just over 12 months, we recognise we are a little underdone on miles as a two-handed team for this race, so we’ve enlisted Ken’s 2020 RNI co-skipper, Sam Tucker, and his 2023 RNI co-skipper Ryan Wiblin, to join the crew for this year’s Three Kings Race. Adding Sam and Ryan to the mix will help us push Perfect Storm hard to see what she is capable of and help speed up how to dial her in so we are as ready and as prepared as we can be for the 2026 Round North Island campaign we are working toward,” continued Tyrrell. 

Each boat will be fitted with a YB Tracker so land lubbers and supporters back home can watch the race unfold in real-time. The tracker will be available on the race website – https://www.rnzys.org.nz/rnzys-events/three-kings-offshore-race/  

The major prize on offer is a $12,000 OMEGA Seamaster timepiece which will be awarded to the top placed RNZYS boat on PHRF overall. In addition to this fantastic prize, Helly Hansen also has a rack of prizes on offer which will be presented at the official prize giving ceremony at 1900 hours on Friday the 3rd of May at RNZYS. 

For those racing, Helly Hansen has also provided social media contribution prizes. Competitors are encouraged to 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. 


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 Stewart 34 
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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