The WSPBC Patron Ron Mackie QSM and Joseph Sullivan at the ETNZ parade in Christchurch - Americas Cup Connection (Click here for photos)

WELCOME From the Club Commodore,

Kerry O'Brien

Sailing is a sport for life and most people start sailing by joining a yacht club. The Waimakariri Sailing and Power Boat Club values the sport for the pure enjoyment that sailing can bring to people of all abilities and any age. Our passion is being on the water challenging the wind.

The Club was founded in 1927 on the lower reaches of the Waimakariri River at Kairaki. Our Clubrooms overlook the sailing venue so parents, helpers and spectators can watch from the balcony. Our sailing programme runs from September through April and while most events are racing we do run some less structured events for a bit of fun. On any sailing day the fleet may include boats from many classes including Optimist, P-Class, Starling, Sunburst, Zephyr, Europe, Phase 2, Laser Radial, Moth and Splash.

If you are new to sailing we have a club mentor programme that will run at your pace offering plenty of formal and informal coaching to give you the confidence to become a competent sailor. As a family oriented club we make a special effort to welcome both the sailors and their support team. 

Explore our website and in particular the Programme page.

Have a great sailing season.

Kerry O’Brien

Commodore 2017/18




Acknowledging the Passing of Our Patron and Mentor


Andrew Morris Holland ( Andy) 

29 December 1934 – 19 November 2016

 In 1962 Andy joined the Waimakariri Sailing Club.

 A highlight of Andy's sailing was winning the Leander Trophy twice, in the R Class Championship as crew to Graham Mander in Frenzy, 1963 and 1965.

 Building an International Moth Andy represented New Zealand in three World Championships, Napier 1973, Okinawa 1975 and Brisbane 1978.

In the 1980's Andy built a Rothmans (renamed Phoenix) and mainly sailing with Michelle his daughter as crew won six New Zealand Championships in that decade.

 In the 1990's and 2000's Andy competed in the Zephyr class, in which he was Measurer and committee member for the Canterbury Zephyr Association. During that time he also served as the Chairman of the Canterbury Inter Club Match Racing organised by the Waimakariri Sailing and Powerboat Club over the 1990's decade. Acclaimed as the 1995 ' Event of the Year ' in the Canterbury Yachting Awards.

 Andy served as Commodore twice from 1972 to 1976 and 1983/84 and was the Club's Patron.

 Appointed as Honorary Coach for the club by Yachting NZ, Andy has been an outstanding coach and mentor.

 He has been the driving force behind many club activities, including the club rooms and later extensions.

The club had paid tribute to Andy and Leona by naming the members lounge the “Andy Holland Family Room”

Andy and Leona were made Life Members of the Club in 1985. In 1992 Andy received a New Zealand Yachting Federation Honour Award for services to yachting and in 1993 a Certificate of Appreciation from the Mayor of the Waimakariri District Council acknowledging  his services to the community.

 Andy also managed to participate in a highly successful rugby playing and coaching career, as a Canterbury representative player and very successful coach of Canterbury provincial and club rugby sides.

 Andy will be sorely missed.

 When we relax in the “ Andy Holland Family room” after sailing, we will remember  Andy. 


The WSPBC "Learn to Sail Programme" and the "Club Coaching Programme" are both supported by the Rata Foundation


Yachts, Rescue boats and clubhouse at the Waimak

Sunbursts Musketeer and Solar Flair in close racing

Club member Graeme Hore 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. Contact one of us listed on the "Classes" page for more information.