WELCOME From the Club Commodore, Sam Jones.

Our family friendly club has been situated on the banks of the beautiful Waimakariri River for over 90 years and in that time, it has grown from strength to strength.

To quote Ratty from Wind in the Willows "There is nothing - absolutely nothing, half so worth doing as - simply messing around in boats!" and that is what we do at the Waimakariri Sailing Club.

If you are competitive and want to get out racing then we have regular sailing days throughout the summer and when the weather allows over winter.

If you just want to go sailing then we are seeing more and more interest in adventure sailing, and if you want to a mixture of both then that is completely up to you.

Our club runs a very popular ongoing learn to sail program for kids, adults and families. We use the numerous boats that the club owns, some of which have been kindly donated by locals, to sail on as a group in our trailer sailers or in one and two person boats. We encourage everyone to get involved where they are comfortable, either on the water or on land and encourage all members to help make our club a wonderful place to messing around with boats.

We welcome all adventurers to come down and meet our team and learn more about our club, facilities and members.

See you all on the water.

Sam Jones
Commodore 2019/20
Email: samtjones1972@gmail.com



The WSC "Learn to Sail Programme" and the "Club Coaching Programme" are both supported by the Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust.

The WSC would also like to thank the following organisations for their generous support.

Yachts, Patrol boats and clubhouse at the Waimak

Sunbursts in close racing pass in front of the club house

The Waimak Club Patron Ron Mackie in his Zephyr at the Waimak

The success we enjoy today is attributed to being a strong family oriented club with the following key goals as our platform:

  1. Encourage participation and proficiency in sailing.
  2. Maintain a level of resources and infrastructure to membership requirements.
  3. Advocate and protect membership sailing interests.
  4. Maintain a friendly and social culture within the club.
  5. Secure the club's future by encouraging & developing membership, leadership and organisational skills to maintain a professional and safe environment.

Please accept our invitation to visit the Club if you would like to experience our hospitality and the superb sailing waters of the Waimakariri River.