Support Boat Information

We will update this page with information for people bringing support boats to the Starling National Championships.

No support boats may be launched from the Nelson Yacht Club. Instead, they may be launched from the Nelson Marina launching ramp, on Akersten Street.

Boat owners will need to purchase a launching (and parking) permit for $5 from the Nelson Marina Office at 5 Cross Quay, Port Nelson 7043 . However, the Marina management have kindly said that this permit will cover the whole regatta rather having to buy a new one for each launching/landing 🙂

Parking of trailers/boats will be in gravel area of the Marina car park at the southern end.

Route that works in both directions

Support boat Skippers should be aware of the Nelson City Council Navigation Safety Bylaw, with particular reference to the mandatory wearing of lifejackets/buoyancy aids on all craft under 6m, and the Nelson Harbour Activity Priority Map (below). It also covers the special exclusions and rules around shipping movements and the harbour entrance (The Cut) and the navigation channel, which become total exclusion zones. Don’t get in the way of any big ships! 😉

We have always had a good relationship with Port Nelson and with a new Harbourmaster recently instated, we’d like to keep in his good books!

More information will be posted here as it becomes available