A new annual Auckland to Bluff ocean yacht race is planned for 2014.
The the A2B Blue Water Classic will will be held after the Sydney to Hobart race in Australia, which attracts around 80 yachts.
Yachting New Zealand chief executive David Abercrombie says having two races in the region means there will be more opportunity to bring more yachts to this part of the world.
He says it is hoped the event will attract a fleet of national and international yachts.
Mr Abercrombie says it will showcase the start and finish ports and has potential to include a return rally which will see stops at more ports in future events.