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Friday Afternoon Yacht Racing (Rum Racing)


On selected Fridays we enter the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron Rum Races held on Auckland harbour. Join the crew for a rum race aboard the legendary vessels Lion New Zealand or Steinlager 2.


  • Incredible experience on board a well known vessel sailed by Sir Peter Blake
  • 2-3 hour short, sharp and social racing against other yachts
  • Hands on experience
  • All welcome, no experience necessary
  • Gorgeous view of the city from the harbour
  • Departing and arriving back from Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Steinlager 2 and Lion New Zealand were raced extremely competitively in the past sailing around the world by Sir Peter Blake in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race and we enjoy continuing to race these yachts. Our professional crew are well experienced in inshore and offshore racing, so will guide you to a competitive, yet very enjoyable experience on the water.

During selected Fridays throughout the year we enter the boats in the RNZYS harbour series rum races held on Auckland Harbour. This is a 2-3 hour experience with the thrill of racing a Whitbread Maxi thrown in. We can cater for up to 25 people per boat. You could throw a challenge to your competitors or work colleagues and book both boats or simply enquire about taking a group out for the experience.

The race is called a Rum Race but does not involve provision of alcohol. The prize for boats winning the race get a bottle of Rum at the RNZYS clubrooms post race.

We are a not for profit charity and proceeds from our sailing journeys go towards our youth sailing programmes.

Adult $120.00

What's included

  • Experienced crew to help sail the yacht
  • Safety equipment
  • Full wet weather jacket and trousers if required


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • Viaduct Harbour


  • Minimum age: 13

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Guests need to have a moderate level of fitness and agility to move across the boat whilst moving. If the race is cancelled due to weather we would look to transfer you to another date or offer a full refund..

  • During selected Fridays throughout the year, the NZ Sailing Trust enters the yachts in the RNZYS harbour series rum races held on Auckland harbour. Join the crew for a Rum Race aboard the legendary Steinlager2 or Lion New Zealand! An awesome and exhilarating experience to celebrate the end of the working week. Join the crew or watch the action - you can be as involved as you like. Wear trainers or soft shoes. Remember the sunscreen, sunnies and a hat. If it's raining we have wet weather gear on board for you..

Available Bookings from 24 May to 30 May 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Tue 24 May
Wed 25 May
Thu 26 May
Fri 27 May
Sat 28 May
Sun 29 May
Mon 30 May

  • Adult$96.00 Less than 6 at this price!

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erin D from New Zealand wrote on 19 March 2022

Rum Race

An amazing and fun time on the water with great sailors. Highly recommended !

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Hi Erin - delighted you had such a wonderful time aboard the iconic Steinlager 2. Hope to see you another time!

jenm6 from New Zealand wrote on 18 March 2022

Friday Rum Race on Steinlager

The Friday Rum Race was such a fun social experience!! The crews members were very welcoming, knowledgeable especially I am an amateur, never been on a sail yacht before this! This definitely one of a memorable afternoon, well spent on the Auckland harbour!

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Thanks so much for your feedback - it's really special to know you had such an awesome time!

Neil from New Zealand wrote on 27 February 2022

Brilliant Trip!

Not much wind for us, but we still got a good speed on this fantastic yacht. I will have to go again sometime!

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From Friday Afternoon Yacht Racing (Rum Racing)

Fantastic to hear this Neil! It would be great if you could join us again. We race on selective Fridays.

Steele Burrow from New Zealand wrote on 26 February 2022

Great afternoon on Steinlager 2!

Andre and crew provided us with a memorable time on the water in the Rum Race. Great experience I can highly recommend!

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Thanks Steele for the feedback - really appreciate it!


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