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.

Annual Clarks beach sailing Camp

Clark’s Beach Sail Trip is a fun overnight event for both young sailors and their families.

We will begin from Waiuku Yacht club on Saturday 8th February 8:30am safety briefing and rig up and then aiming to be on the water at 9:30am for our  sail to Glenbrook beach where we stop for lunch. Those not sailing are kindly asked to help transport items and all are welcome to meet the sailors at Glenbrook to hear of the kids adventures so far!

The sail continues on to Clark’s beach where after sorting the boats we set up tents and have a BBQ. It’s a fun finish to the day with games for the kids before bed.

Should you not have a tent you’re welcome to stay inside the Clarks Beach Yacht Club.

The next day we’ll pack up and sail back to Waiuku non stop on the incoming tide, aiming to arrive in the afternoon.

Cost is only $20 per person. Cash to be paid on the day (find Vicki Linnell  on the morning) but pre-registration essential. Please note the cost applies to all those attending (sailors and non sailors) as it covers all meal costs for the trip.

Parent sailors are encouraged to sail as well!

If you wish to attend and/or assist for the weekend please confirm names and assistance offered on the form below.

If you’re keen to help in any way we’re always looking for helpers on the RHIBs and would greatly appreciate a few parent helpers to transport luggage/tents and food.

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.