Taken on some more crew I can put my feet up

The Hartley true to tradition has become the party boat on the way back. Offering the tired sailors a break and a chance to helm something different.

Wind depending we may give them a go at a sail at the club on our return before the water goes.

After a good feed we are on our way

After a good evening of fun and games some good food we have packed up and the kids are getting ready to hit the water. We have some good winds but from the wrong direction so plenty of tacking practice today.

We will see you all back at the clubrooms a bit later on this afternoon.

Good sail to Glenbrook

We had some good winds and a really good sail to Glenbrook. Kids are stretching there legs and refueling before our next leg to Clarks beach.

LTS Clark’s beach trip kicking off

We are just waiting for the water but the wind has started which is a good relief from the no wind this morning.

Kids are excited and rearing to go.

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,


420 Regatta

NZTSA National Secondary School Team Sailing Regatta

Waiuku arrived fully fledged on Saturday, attending briefing in our yacht club hoodies, after sussing out the local playgrounds. We settled in after briefing for an early night, getting ready for the weeks’ worth of sailing ahead of us. We were up with the sparrows on Sunday, getting out on the water at 9:45 and full of nerves. By 10:30 we had started our 13 races of the day, sailing in good wind against some strong teams. We snuck in a win before returning to the Ocean Rogue, our changeover barge, full of teens!
By Monday we were still feeling strong, unfortunately, the wind had other intentions – it was waning. After hanging around for a few hours on shore, we were sent out to some breeze, allowing us to race our races, with some stiff competition. The wind abandoned us halfway through the second race, leaving us becalmed, finishing the race with only 15 seconds to the finish.
Regardless of the winds intentions, we were sent out on the water at 9:15 on Tuesday. After 6 hours and multiple course changes, the wind came to the game, breaking up our fraternising with the other teams for some… racing! We had a very competitive race against Glendowie, unfortunately we couldn’t push through for the win – we did learn a lot though!
We had a late start on Wednesday, respecting our ANZAC Soldiers. The stress levels were high that morning, as we prepared for the race we had to win. The team pulled through, landing a first, second and sixth! We were pumped for our next race; the wind was smiling down on us – especially when one of the helms fell out pre-start! The start was mayhem, with all but one boat over the line. Unfortunately, the other team had better boat handling skills and beat us to the win – nevertheless we learnt a lot. Our last race had less competition, giving us a calm end to the day. Our team relaxed on the beach after sailing, before heading in for another early night.

On Thursday morning our favourite flag – the AP – hung limp from the top of the flagpole, so we ventured up the hill to the donkey farm. After a relaxed wander down the hill, the team returned to camp for a swim and a water fight in the still tide. After a game of bull rush, we scrubbed up and headed out to dinner – I think it is fair to say that we represented Waiuku proudly! A game of spotlight ended the night on a high for us all.

We woke up sadly on Friday, none of us wanting the week to be over. The wind was stronger today, blowing a fair 15 knots, with some strange things called waves joining the party as well. Our first race was an important one, so stakes were high. After a broken boat and a quick change, we were at the start and rearing to go. We sailed hard and took out the top 3 places! We jumped onto our hometown boat, the Jane Gifford, the flat-bottomed scow that frequented our home water for many years. After hiding from the wind, we were up again, with tough competition and unfortunately no wind. We sailed hard in our next two races, taking the wind in the first, and racing hard through the second one. And that was it! Our week was over!
We headed back to shore, to derig the boats for one last time before scrubbing up for prizegiving. In our number ones we raced into the warehouse to pick up the necessities before heading into dinner. We all turned out well, dressed up in our formals instead of sailing gear for once! After dinner we had a final game of spotlight before heading in for one last night.
We fare welled all our new friends, packed up camp, and drove our tired, sore, salty and smiling selves home. Overall, we placed 31 out of 32 teams, giving us the win we wanted. We learned so much in one week, and over the 5 months we have been sailing in these boats, we have grown as sailors and as people, and we owe a massive thankyou to the Waiuku Yacht Club Committee for getting us on the water, the Waiuku Rotary Club, for their support financially, getting us the boats and a chance, and the Counties Manukau Sport Fishing Club for supporting us in getting to the regatta. Also, a huge shout out to everyone that donated towards our new sails, and our families, for cheering us on!

Zoe Allan