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Auckland Stopover

Feb 24, 2018 to Mar 18, 2018

The Programme 

Auckland, the world's premier sailing capital, is once again welcoming the Volvo Ocean 65s fleet home as an official Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.

There's live entertainment and local sailing events amongst the hive of activity in the Viaduct Harbour. You can Try Sailing with Yachting New Zealand from the Karanga Plaza steps and try out Volvos product deck and immerse youself in their virtual reality experience. Eastern Viaduct will host the Globe which showcases amazing an cinematic show, or crawl inside the Cross Section of the VO65 to find out how life is aboard, then check out the amazing clothing sponsors product showcase.


The Peroni and Stoneleigh Bar will be open on Te Wero Island and you can check out the Boatyard and Team Pavilions in the VEC and on Halsey Wharf.


Activities in the Race Village are FREE and are open during the following times:


Monday to Sunday: 10.00 am - 10.00 pm

2018 Toyota Optimist Nationals

Mar 29, 2018 to Apr 3, 2018

2018 Toyota Optimist Nationals

The Optimist Nationals is a big event. Well over 200 sailors participate in the Optimist Open Fleet, green Fleet and Team sailing events.

It is not very often a South Island club is chosen to host this event as most sailors hail from the Northern part of the North Island. But Picton's QCYC has won the right to organize the Nats in 2018. Sailors will launch there Optimists at Shelley Beach in large numbers and sail the waters of the inner and outer Harbour aroound Easter. Several of our own QCYC sailors will compete in all the racing.

It starts off with a parade through Picton on Thursday of all the participating Teams of NZ and a few other countries. The Teams racing is scheduled for the first day. This will take place in front off the club for everyone to see. This is exciting racing where the sailors will aim to force penalties on others to make their team win.

It's all about great boat handling ans strategy. The main event starts on Saturday. Two days of preliminary races and then 2 days of finals to select the best optimist sailors of the regatta and New Zealand. Some of these will have to opportunity to represent NZ in one of the teams going abroad.

It will be a busy Easter for Picton. Let's show the sailors, their family and support crews some awesome hospitality.

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Hutchwilco Boat Show - Auckland

May 17, 2018 to May 20, 2018

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Tony and Virginia

"Making everything seamless and hassle free that is an art"

After going through the selling process for our Beneteau Oceanis 40, I found that the service and guidance that was provided by Steve Raea in Auckland as brilliant!!.

Any questions I asked, he had the answer plus a possible suggestion to go with it. It did not matter to him even if it was on his days off or when overseas.

Steve has a sound relationship with marine services such as surveyors and alike. To this I would like to say thank you Steve for making the process seamless and hassle free. Steve is continuing to help us in our  search for our next vessel.  J

My wife and I would recommend anyone looking to sell or purchase a boat to use  Vining Marine.

Tony and Virginia.



I must thank you also for your utmost professionaism, many thanks, PHIL (After the sale of Phil's launch)

David - Brian

Hi Brian

Well done on achieving the sale and thanks for your help today. As an aside I found your communication superior to most of the other brokers I have worked with as both a seller and a buyer. Must say during the sea trial I asked myself why am I selling however I am sure Mark and Family will get plenty of enjoyment from her.

Regards, David

Jessica & Chris


Thank you so much for all your help & assistance with our purchase of "Jayne", the many taxi rides, honest advice and professional approach to our new home were very much appreciated. You are fantastic to work with and made the whole experience enjoyable and relaxed.

Cheers, Jessica & Chris (Follows the purchase of a Roberts 44 Offshore Yacht - reference on file)


Hi Brent

All went well with the handover, apart from the wet weather. Steve & Sue are really nice people, so good to know that Blu Wytch has gone to a good home.

Thank you very much Brent for all your help and the professional way you handled everything in bringing the sale to a conclusion.

Look forward to a catch up sometime on your side of the hill.

Best regards,


Tony & Hazel

Dear Phil, 

We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the way you looked after us and the utter consideration you gave us right from the moment of our initial inquiry, during our stay in Picton and the purchase process, and then taking  complete care of the post purchase shipping arrangements.  

We should also take this opportunity to say how friendly and helpful we found the people you organised to carry out the services required to complete our purchase.  This is not surprising as like attracts like, so thank you yet again.

Yours sincerely 

Tony & Hazel

Mike - Fine Line

Gooday Phil,

Thanks for finalising everything its been a great excersise. I cant thank you enough and its amazing how we came to meet at the Mooloolaba Marina.

There are a few boat brokers with their noses out of joint here at the moment. 

Colin and his son only took 7 hours to get to Brisbane with the northerly getting up to 30 knots. They are really happy with Fine Line. I will keep in touch.

Cheers Mike (Follows the Sale of an Aussie Elliot 1050 to New Zealand Clients - reference on file)



I cannot thank you enough for the efforts you made to secure our ideal yacht.

After 50 years of sailing in and owning a variety of vessels, I know what I want, and the brief I gave you was detailed and demanding, indeed another broker told me a while ago that “The boat you are looking for does not exist”.

When you produced our dream boat we were amazed, and the way you helped us through the entire purchase with patience, integrity, and good humour, went far beyond what was expected.

I will definitely use your services again, and recommend you highly.


Rod & Michelle

Hey Mike,

I was wanting to give you some feedback in our recent and ongoing contact with Vining’s. Firstly to give us the quality time, with no notice as you did last Friday was remarkable.

Michelle and I had almost given up trying to find the right boat. We had a short list of which I think you showed us all of them. I had dismissed Hinewai 2 so to see it and put an offer on it was all down to you.

I have dealt with Greg in Seaview and his manner was much the same as yours, professional.

Rest assured that we will recommend your company to anyone who’s looking to buy or sell a boat in the future.

Kind regards

Rod & Michelle