History of the Pacific Rim Yacht Challenge
In 1990 the Goodwill Games were being held in Seattle, USA and, as a prelude to these, Bellingham City organised a series of yacht races with sister cities of Bellingham. These cities were Victoria in British Columbia, Canada; Tateyama, Japan; and Nakhodka in Russia. An invitation to Port Stephens Shire in New South Wales, Australia was also extended in view of other sister city relationships with Bellingham.
Port Stephens won the Bellingham event by a narrow margin and accepted the offer to host the event in Australia in 1992. Due to the sister city relationship between Port Stephens and Tauranga city an invitation to participate was sent to the Tauranga City Council. This invitation was passed on to the Tauranga Yacht and Power Club, thus beginning the Club’s involvement with the event.
|2012||Port Stephens, Australia||Etchells and Hoods|
|2010||Victoria, Canada||J80 and Cal 20|
|2008||Tateyama, Japan||Yamaha 30|
|2006||Tauranga, New Zealand||Farr 38|
|2004||Nakhodka, Russia||Cetus Design 45|
|2000||Post Stephens, Australia||J24|
|1998||Victoria, Canada||Thunderbird 26|
|1996||Tauranga, New Zealand|
|1992||Port Stephens, Australia|