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.

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2022 New Zealand Nationals in Napier 4-7 February

Please go to the Napier Sailing Club website for the Notice of Race and to complete your entry for the Nationals. Participants need to be members of the Javelin Skiff Association. Please pay $50 into the Class’s account 02-0727-0635584-000 with BNZ placing your name and the boat’s name and sail number in the reference.


Sanders Cup in Whitianga 27-28 February 2021 Notice of Race

Please enter now for the Sanders Cup to help the Club organise a great event for us. Download the Notice of Race here:


2020 Javelin Class North Island Championships in Memory of Nathan Bax

Every year the Javelin class has a fun weekend on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, based at a bach organised by Colin Shanks around the October/November period, and this year the Class decided to incorporate the North Island Championships into this get together. Peter Millar was once more roped in to provide race management. This … Continue reading 2020 Javelin Class North Island Championships in Memory of Nathan Bax


Race Report 2021 New Zealand Nationals at the Gisborne Sailing Club

2021 Javelin Nationals at Gisborne Yacht Club This year’s Javelin Nationals were held at beautiful Kaiti Beach in Gisborne from Jan. 30- Feb. 1 A strong, gusty southerly on Saturday caused havoc, with two out of three boats out of action before a first race could be started. Two boats ended up broached on the … Continue reading Race Report 2021 New Zealand Nationals at the Gisborne Sailing Club


Results of 2021 New Zealand Nationals at the Gisborne Sailing Club

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Gisborne Nationals Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions

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Lake Taupo Javelin Regatta 21/22 November 2020

After a fantastic event in memory of Nathan Bax at Rotoiti, the New Zealand fleet is getting together next on Lake Taupo. Entries close on 17 November!


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