Perfect weather for Auckland Anniversary regatta

On Monday, Auckland truly lived up to its nickname as the 'City of Sails'.

It was a stunning day for Auckland Anniversary's annual regatta, as thousands of sailors flocked to the Waitemata Harbour to compete.

People of all ages had a chance to set sail and among those showing off their skills were two Team New Zealand sailors.

Olympian Josh Junior told Newshub it was an honour to sail on Rawhiti, which was built in 1905 and has been fully restored.

"It's pretty great to be on Rawhiti for the day. It's a beautiful old classic yacht and to race on it is just awesome."

She's a little different to the foiling Catamarans that he and fellow Olympian Andy Maloney are used to.

"I've never sailed on a big classic yacht like this," Mr Maloney says. "It's really back to the basics of sailing, but it's cool."

The Auckland Anniversary regatta dates back to 1840 - 11 years older than the America's Cup itself.

Several fleets competed for a taste of victory and the chance to win a trip to Hawaii, and the weather couldn't have been better.

From the youth dinghy races to the seniors, it was a day for everyone, according to regatta spokesman Matthew Hall-Smith.

"I think, in the modern age, it's more about everybody who has a boat, getting out on the water in some form or another, showing their toys off and enjoying the sunshine."

Others were happy just to find a spot in the shade, put their feet up and make the most of the day off.