2019 Learn to Sail Clarks Beach Trip

On the 9th & 10th of February is our annual Clarks Beach sailing trip. It is one of the favourite events for our Junior sailor’s and families.

We start the day at the club, getting our boats ready followed by a safety briefing and hitting the water.

After a cruise down to Glenbrook we stop for lunch on the beach and once everyone is fed we get back on the water for the final leg to Clarks beach.

The arrival at Clarks Beach is a busy time moving boats from the water to the club house. Tents are then set up before an afternoon of hanging out and having fun, think touch rugby, bull rush, what ever we fancy. Note the clubrooms are a sleeping option too for those without tents! As the evening hits we fire up the BBQ then relax a little before tucking into bed for a good nights sleep.

The next day we reverse the process and catch the incoming tide to get back to Waiuku. On arrival we de-rig the boats, wash up, and call the first sailing adventure done.

Cost for the weekend is $20 per person and this covers all your food. You need to bring your sailing gear, sleeping bags, ground mats and tents. It’s not unusual to get cold on the way and during lunch so a waterproof jacket is a good idea. Clarks Beach does have some oyster shells in places so footwear is recommended.

There are some logistics to arrange between parents (support boats, transporting of beach trailers, purchasing of the groceries etc.) We generally arrange these on the Saturday morning but feel free to put your hand up earlier.

Those attending need to be at the club by 1:00pm on the Saturday with the aim of departing by 2:00pm.

If you are planning to attend you can pre-register and pay on our website over here.

For all the other club members there is no club sailing on the 9th & 10th but as always you are encouraged to join us on the Clarks beach trip even if only for part of the Saturday sail.

Learn to Sail - 2018 / 19

2018 – 2019 Learn to Sail is off and Running

The weekend saw the kick off of the 2018 – 2019 Learn to Sail season. Following introductions and a briefing we tucked ourselves up the Waiuku Estuary in what was a breezy Saturday start. Despite the 15kts coming across the basin we had the fleet of fourteen out and reaching across the estuary. Very pleased to report the skill level is really high this year with nobody struggling and everyone putting in multiple tacks and no capsizes (.. could be wrong about the capsizes.)

Sunday was sunnier with much less breeze so we headed out into the basin and continued the reaching and tacking practice. Again the skills were on show. A very long course was set which meant the sailers were right out amongst it rubbing shoulders with the racing Finn’s and 420’s. The occasional crash gybe knocked the confidence of a few but a swim later and they were back onboard and off again.

All up an impressive start to the LTS season. Thanks to all the parents who got involved and made the day easy. Looking forward to the rest of the season.

AGM 7th August 2018

The 2018 AGM is set for August 7th at 7:30pm.

There is plenty coming up in the next sailing season, within our control we’ll have the new boat compound to plan and build, and some alterations to the club house entrance. On the sailing side we’ve pencilled in some on site Learn to Sail Coach training , an Adult Learn to Sail programme and a Ladies Have a Go day. On top of that is the regular sailing including more 420 action.

We are expecting progress on some things largely outside of our control too, the sea wall and the coastal path.

Plenty to discuss, plenty of help and opinion required, so please come along and keep the club buzzing.

See you there,


2018 Manukau Regatta

Some shots of the 2018 Manukau Regatta start gun. Clearly there was enough breeze at one point to turn a tern, but that came and went with the rain. After the windiest week in local history it was a shame to have none today and end up towing boats home. None the less a good turn out given the early start and poor forecast, well done Waiuku and the travellers from elsewhere.
Another year with the shield on our wall.

Christmas Sailing

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Last sailing before Christmas so make sure you grab your Santa hat and head down for to the club on Saturday for a 9:45am start. Weather looks good so bring your wallet for the BBQ as well. The youth are in charge on Saturday with Zoe and Hamish taking are of OOD duties.
Another Learn to Sail and Learn to Race weekend for our young stars, and a Champs day on Sunday, Dave Allan as OOD.
See you all down there !!

420 Coaching

Big news for our 420 Sailors, we have a Coach!

Through Yachting New Zealand we’ve secured a keen young coach to get our fleet up and flying. We will have his services for at least the start of the season and things going well that will extend through to the end.

The first coaching session starts this Saturday at 8:45am (18th Nov), we’d like to have full attendance for these session so please let Zoe know if you can / can’t make it.

It’s a $5 koha for the coach to cover his travel so those attending please bring along.

See you there, WYC
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Rotary Support secures first 420

The Waiuku Yacht Club has been a presence on our sailing shores for over 60 years.

Now, with the generous support of the Rotary Club of Waiuku, they’re hoping to provide greater sailing opportunities for local teenagers.

Commodore of the Waiuku Yacht Club, Gerard Lelieveld, said the Club noticed a drop off in the teen yachting segment. “We researched the reasons and found teens were wanting a social, team based yachting program, and one that would connect in with their schools.”

The Club’s fleet were all single manned sailboats, so team racing wasn’t possible.

But now, thanks to $6000 donated by the Rotary Club of Waiuku, they’ve just purchased a 420 class, dual crew sailboat. This enables the Club to launch a new teen targeted sailing program. Competing at the NZ Secondary Schools Champs, plus the Regional and North Island 420 Champs, whilst having lots of fun, will be key focus of the program.

“We’ve seen teen teams doing match racing style sailing with these sorts of boats, and they raved about how much fun it was. Now Waiuku teenagers can experience first hand, the fun to be had on the water,” said keen 16 year old sailor Zoe Allan.

The Rotary Club of Waiuku raises funds through its annual Sunset Coast Walk and Book Fair, and donates to a number of deserving causes each year.