The Tornado is seeking help

Bella enjoying a rest after the big 2018 Matakana Race.

Tauranga’s Tornado sailing fleet is looking for businesses interested in sponsoring prizes  for this year’s racing.

The Tornado is a small, fast, racing catamaran sailed by two people. The race season starts as soon as daylight saving begins at the end of September this year and goes through to April 2020. Race season consists of weekly events on Tauranga Harbour alongside the TYPBC keelboat Summer Series on a Wednesday night and joining other club events. The speed of these small multihulls means they have their own specific race series and events through the year both here in Tauranga and away, and the beauty of the class is both its extreme speed and the fact they are easily trailerable!

The Matakana Classic and the Matakana Raid are both multihull events held in Tauranga and attended by competitors from as far afield as Wellington and the Bay of Islands. This year we are hoping to attract as many competing boats as possible as it is the event’s 10th anniversary and we would like to offer some great prizes for this milestone.

The Tornado nationals this year are being held in the Bay of Islands. It is a fast growing class and we in Tauranga have one of the largest Tornado fleets in the country! For young ones wanting to try out the speed and adrenalin these small craft offer there is the Annual Kids On Cats event held at the TYPBC in November.

The Tauranga Tornado fleet currently consists of nine boats raced by sailors ranging in age from 12 to 78 years old.

We would love to hear from any businesses that would like to sponsor something in the way of prizes, in exchange for having their name and logo on boats and sails blasting across the water this summer.

Email any enquiries to or phone Lance 021 125 4640.


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