All Aboard At Hobsonville Yacht Club
The summer can’t come soon enough for the membership of Hobsonville Yacht Club! A packed programme of sailing and racing is planned at the busy club based in Hobsonville Point’s Boundary Road. Although sailing takes place all year round, the summer is when the action really ramps up.
‘Clubs nights take place every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday,’ explains Sailing Captain Sean Munro. ‘We offer racing and cruising sailing in the classes of keelers, centreboard, monohulls and multihulls. And the clubroom is always open for a social get together afterwards.’
The club has a long and proud tradition of local sailing dating back to the 1930s. And the club’s mission is to keep recreational boating alive in Hobsonville. One of the ways in which it does this is through a junior learn to sail programme.
‘We received $30,365 of funding through the Million Dollar Mission which enabled us to buy new SailCube Opti dinghy boats that are perfect for teaching kids to sail,’ says Sean.
The tidal waters of the Upper Waitemata Harbour provide great learning conditions for the young yachties who get to experience firsthand the challenges of sailing in a fun and safe environment.
Learn To Sail Programme Proving Popular
This year’s junior learn to sail programme is close to being fully subscribed. The programme follows the format set out by Yachting New Zealand and develops a broad range of skills including rigging, launching, on-the-water coaching as well as general water safety, capsizing drills and how to retrieve boats. The emphasis, says Sean, is very much on having fun. The club hopes the programme will encourage these budding boaties to develop a lifelong love of sailing.
New members are always welcome at Hobsonville regardless of their level of experience; however, the yacht club is keen to increase the number of keeler and dinghy adult sailors.
In time it’s hoped to expand the learn to sail programme to also include any adults out there who may have always wanted to try sailing. In addition, the club is hoping to once again participate in Yachting New Zealand’s Have a Go Day due to be held in February. This is a national initiative which is aimed at encouraging beginners to try their hand at sailing.
‘We are so lucky to have such fantastic sailing on our doorstep,’ says Sean. ‘Sailing is great fun for the whole family so we would encourage anyone who’s keen to get in touch.’