07 - 09 Sep 2018

A Salute to New Zealand Yachting Greats

  • Kauri Cliffs

with host Peter “PJ” Montgomery MBE & special guests Kevin Shoebridge and Richard Meacham

The inaugural Salute to New Zealand Yachting Greats event at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is a must for New Zealand yachting enthusiasts and lovers of the sport!  Host PJ Montgomery will lead a weekend of insightful conversations with some of the key people behind the 2017 triumph of Emirates Team New Zealand. 

The combined history and knowledge of our special guests will make for a fascinating look behind the scenes, as well as a glimpse to the future of New Zealand yachting.

Host PJ Montgomery is close as it comes to yachting royalty. He has broadcast 11 America’s Cup regattas, nine Olympic Games, and all 11 Whitbread Round the World/ Volvo Ocean Races. Widely known as the Voice of New Zealand Yachting, PJ is often remembered for the line “The America’s Cup is now New Zealand’s Cup” – his summary when NZ won their first America’s Cup in San Diego in 1995. He is a life member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who have assisted in organizing this weekend.

Special weekend guest yachtsman Richard Meacham is a current member of Emirates Team New Zealand and has competed in multiple America’s Cups. A bowman and sailor, he joined Team New Zealand before the 2000 America’s Cup, and was on board for Team New Zealand in the 2003 and 2007 events. He sailed Ran during the 2009 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, and also raced with Team New Zealand in the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series and the 2013 America’s Cup. Whilst a light air cyclor for the 2017 campaign, he was a key part of the coaching and development team.

Kevin Shoebridge is the current COO of Team New Zealand and has an extensive history on the ocean having competed in multiple Volvo Ocean Races and America’s Cups. After joining Team New Zealand as a sailor in the early 90’s, Kevin was part of the crew on NZL 32 when it won the 1995 America’s Cup. In his current role as COO of Team New Zealand, Kevin was at the helm for their successful 2017 America’s Cup challenge.

Expect fascinating stories and great camaraderie from PJ, Richard, and Kevin over a weekend of fun, food and wine at Kauri Cliffs!

September 7, 2018
Friday evening
The weekend will kick off on Friday September 7 with welcome drinks hosted by PJ and our guest yachtsmen, followed by dinner at leisure at the stunning Kauri Cliffs.
September 8, 2018
Saturday will allow free time to enjoy all the lodge offers by way of leisure pursuits - golf, spa, hiking or perhaps an alfresco lunch overlooking the Bay of Islands. Do your talents on the golf course match up to our sailors?
September 8, 2018
Saturday evening
Saturday night is the big event – a five course tasting dinner with matched wines and PJ Montgomery hosting proceedings as guests hear from Richard and Kevin on past glories and future goals for Emirates Team New Zealand.
September 9, 2018
At Leisure. Check out is at 11am.
  • Two nights in luxury suite accommodation
  • Daily pre-dinner drinks and canapés
  • ​Daily breakfasts 
  • Friday night welcome drinks with PJ Montgomery, Richard Meacham and Kevin Shoebridge
  • Gourmet dinner on both nights including the Saturday night’s Salute to NZ Yachting dinner with matched wines 
  • Saturday evening’s hosted Q&A session with PJ Montgomery, Richard Meacham and Kevin Shoebridge
  • Guest's choice of a day of EITHER unlimited green fees OR a 50 minute spa treatment per person, per stay
  • Non-alcoholic minibar, wifi and use of Kauri Cliff’s complimentary lodges facilities. 



NZ $1750.00 + GST

per person, based on double occupancy 

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