|Sailing and sailors at our Club:-
|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.
|Waimakariri Sailing Club Early History|
|On 22 December 1927, the club was formed originally as a Power Boat Club. V J Gamble was chairman; however very few official records were kept until 1930. The yachting influence was spasmodic until 1931 when four or five gentlemen headed by Rex Sarjeant had the idea of starting a sailing club. The first meeting of the yacht club was held in a tin shed||owned by the Waimakariri Harbour Board on the banks of the Kaiapoi River in the vicinity of the existing Kaiapoi Post Office. A few years later Power Boat Club members dwindled and the two clubs joined together and became the Waimakariri Sailing and Power Boat Club on September 6 1934. The club was incorporated in 10 June 1954.|
|The WSC "Learn to Sail Programme" and the "Club Coaching Programme" have in the past both been supported by the Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust.|
|The WSC would also like to thank the following organisations for their generous support.|