Update: 8Y8s @ Bay Week

Published Tue 16 Jan 2024

Hi Bay Week 88ers

This is not your typical 88 Regatta……  more emphasis on fun and parties less on protests and agro punishable by a keel haul!.

It is also a great chance to promote the Young88 Class as the most fun one design 🙂

The Club 88 Cocktail Party, Regatta Beach Party and great racing will be enhanced this year with a prize for the best dressed boat/crew. 

Just emailed out an update to all association members. Most of the content also published to the 88 web site

NB the fun stuff.. get your signature cocktail sorted and crew dressed for the week... If you need some 88 shirts go here, as long as you pay on time your shirts will be delivered to you in the Bay 

Follow this link for the latest from the organisers and click here for the 88 web site event page 

Here is the plan developed over many years of practice ……

Tuesday afternoon

  • Register and load excess cruising gear into storage truck adjacent “Club 88” berth Pier G01

Wednesday after racing Cocktail Party @ “Club 88” berth G01

Cocktail party Chief Mixologist - Rob - War Machine 

  • The Club 88 Cocktail Party is back for Bay Week 2024 and reigning champions War Machine is back with a VERY big game. Who's going to take us on?  Get your crew together, the rum flowing and craft a winning cocktail to share on the pier.

  • Cocktail Challenge: Craft a unique cocktail that reflects the character of your boat.

  • Send your cocktail name to Rob Myers  by 20 Jan and we'll release the   menu (line up) a little closer to the date.

  • A prize awaits the best entry but you must submit your cocktail name by the 20th Jan to qualify 

  • Presentation Matters: Share your creation with a brief description, emphasising taste and presentation.

  • Judging Panel: Impartial judges will evaluate based on flavour, creativity, and presentation.

  • BBQ will be available (thanks Christel) - byo creative ingredients 

Thursday after racing

  • Beach Party Otehei Bay 

  • Always a good chance for a catch up and out of control boogee

  •  Suggest book on one of the middle time slots for the ferry

  • War Machine is on the 1745 departure from Pahia

Friday after racing

  • Cruising gear reloaded from truck

  • Prize giving - Y88s attend en masse

  • Some boats will make for outer bays ready for fast start to delivery home Sat morning

Other Info:

Google Map of Venues/Marks/Points of Interest 

88 Berth

88 Contacts

  • Via event WhatsApp group

    • Bay Week Fleet Captain. Sailing "go to" for event organisers and the fleet  - Roger Sims - Heartlight

    • 88 Logistics Manager - Paul aka “Liloman” McWilliams - War Machine

    • Cocktail party chief mixologist - Rob Myers - War Machine

    • Cocktail Party BBQ & Sausage Sizzle Supplies - Team War Machine

    • Social Media guru - Harry Thurston - Dangerzone

    • Local knowledge expert - Daniel Wise - Young Mischief 

Bay Week 88 Rules of Racing

  • Mandatory equipment in addition to safety and class rules

    • Main cabin squabs not backrests

    • Crockery and cutlery pots and pans for min 4 crew

    • 2 doz beer and a bottle of rum full at start of day

Transport and storage Thanks to the Great Team at TR Group TR Group to deploy electric trucks in heavy commercial fleet - NZ Trucking

  • Contact Paul if interested in transporting gear up and back and/or storing on site

Marine pest and pathway rules for Northland

Under Northland rules, your hull should have no more than a light fouling when you:

  • enter Northland or

  • move to another ‘designated place’ in Northland – that is, another harbour or popular offshore anchorage.

‘Light fouling’ means no more than small patches (up to 100mm in diameter) of visible fouling, totalling less than 5% of the hull and niche areas. A slime layer and/or barnacles are ok.

Any questions, suggestions??? Get in touch



Mike Leyland | m:+64 (21) 554 239 | d:+64 (9) 215 3479 | e: |w: