International and National Competition

The Javelin is a competitive class with racing ranging from regional and club racing through to National Championships and the combined New Zealand and Australian South Pacific championships.

Javelins are raced by male and female crews of differing height and weight combinations. Combined crew weight is ideally over 130kg’s, and with an efficient rig, the Javelin can be worked hard by both young, and old.

Races are sailed on primarily a windward/leeward courses.

Australian Competitions

Racing in Australia is made of club racing across Perth, New South Wales, and Victoria.  A National title held every year.

New Zealand Competitions

Racing in New Zealand is made up of club racing, the Sanders Cup Inter-Provincial contest, along with a National regatta.

Other regattas include the North, and a Travelers Series.

New Zealand Nationals

The New Zealand Javelin National Championships have been held every year since the first competition in Wellington in 1964.

Over this time the competition has been won by some of New Zealand’s most best sailors, with names like Murray Ross, Peter Mander, Jack Cropp, Jock Bilger and Dave Elder appearing on the trophy.

The class has also attracted notable designers, such as John Spencer, Bruce Farr, Iain Murray and Ben Lexen. These designers playing a large part in new Zealand and Australian America’s cup efforts.

Sanders Cup

The Sanders Cup holds a special place New Zealand Yachting History. It is the oldest trophy sailed for in New Zealand under it’s original inception. It is the only remaining senior interprovincial challenge competition still sailed for today.

Since the inaugural races in 1921 it has been sailed for every year with the exception of 1942-45. The Sanders Memorial Cup was presented by Messrs Walker and Hall Limited in 1921 in the memory of Lieutenant Commander W.E.Sanders, V.C., D.S.O., R.N.R. for interprovincial competition between 14ft one design yachts.

South Pacific Competition

A South Pacific contest is held in which both New Zealand and Australian boats compete. The regatta is sailed every two years, and is alternated between countries.

Related Posts: Events

2020 South Pacific Championships Information


2019 National Javelin Championships

Howick Sailing Club 29th to 31st March 2019 /// Report by Craig Gilberd, Photos courtesy of Howick Sailing Club /// Over the last Friday and weekend of March, Howick Sailing Club hosted the Javelin National Championships, with the conditions being a choppy 15 to 25 knots for all 9 races, but still warm and sunny. … Continue reading 2019 National Javelin Championships


2019 Sanders Cup – Welcoming New Champions

This year’s edition of the Interprovincial Challenge offered a variety of conditions making for a very close contest where seven boats had top three finishes. When Northland chose to hold their fifth consecuitve defence on Lake Taupo, the Horowhenua Sailing Club offered to host the contest in Motuoapa. Being unable to sail on their home … Continue reading 2019 Sanders Cup – Welcoming New Champions


Sanders Memorial Cup 2019 Notice of Race

    The Sanders Cup Interprovincial Challenge will be decided this year on Lake Taupo on 22-24 February 2019.   Sanders Cup NOR 2019


Entries Open for New Zealand National Championships!

Join us for the Nationals in Howick 29-31 March 2019! The Javelin National’s information page, registration and NOR is  up on the Howick Sailing Club website: Anyone wishing to crew, skipper, or charter a boat, please comment or contact us!


New Zealand Season Dates

  It’s time to dust off your boat and get it ready for some fun competitive racing! Here are the dates for the upcoming season: Rotorua Spring Sprints 13/14 October Evans Bay 100th Anniversary Opening Day 20-22 October Classic Race Saturday Club Racing Sunday Opening Race Monday The Club has requested for … Continue reading New Zealand Season Dates


And the winner of the 2018 South Pacific and NZ National Championships is…

After nine races, Windrush and Phlipnhel were tied on points, so it all came down to the last race.   In the end, a fourth place was enough for Phil McNeil to retain the title, a special achievement as he had to replace his crew Craig Gilberd, who had an accident the night before, with … Continue reading And the winner of the 2018 South Pacific and NZ National Championships is…


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