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The 2018 Sailing Season Closed on Saturday 27 April.

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The Club's 90th Anniversary was celebrated over the weekend of 10th and 11th March 2018.

Waimak 90th Regatta photos - Day One

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Waimak 90th Regatta photos - Day Two - Day Two

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Waimak 5 Hour Race with the Pleasant Point Yacht Club

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Lake Mahinapua Regatta 3-4 February

The Waimak club  was represented by Graeme Hore (Zephyr 324), Ron Mackie (Zephyr 39), Georgina ( P 27) and Alex ( Firebug 94).

A good time was had by all. Alex, in his Firebug won 5 of his 7 races to take the junior title (against another Firebug, P Class and an Opti)




Waimak Sailing Saturday 17 February 2018

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Waimak club members attended the Masters Games in Dunedin

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Waimak Open Day Sunday 28 January 2018

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Waimak Sailing Saturday 14 January 2018

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Waimak Sailing Saturday 18 November 2017

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Waimak Sailing Sunday 12 November 2017

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Waimak Sailing Sunday 29 October 2017

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Waimak Sailing Saturday 21 October 2017

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Waimak Sailing Saturday 15 October 2017

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Waimak Sailing Saturday 7 October 2017

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Waimak Sailing Sunday 1 October 2017

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Waimak Sailing Club members enjoyed Great Winds and choppy Waters at Stewarts Gully Season Opening

A win for the Waimak team in the second round of the Challenge Shield at the Stewarts Gully Opening day on Sunday. Shown below are Waimak Club sailors Donald in Zephyr 141 with our three  Starlings skippered by  Blake, Dominic and Flynn.
Stewarts Gully Commodore Glen Church called on Graham Mander to officially open the season followed by a magnificent afternoon tea while catching up with our Stewarts Gully friends.

Sam Jones and Bill Howard's mighty Viking a Sigrid, an addition to the Waimak Fleet for our new Learn to Sail programme, crewed by Sam, Bill, Lexi, Harry & Humphry sailing past at the Stewarts Gully Opening.  Our new and exciting Waimak Club Learn to Sail programme is now taking registrations give Sam a call on 029 2004554 to get details.


The WSPBC congratulates our Life Member Stan Price on being awarded a Waimakariri District Council Community Service Award.

The Waimakariri District Council advise that the Annual Community Awards recognises members of the community who work away in the background devoting their time and experience to make the Waimakariri a great place to live.

Stan Price

                                  (Citation for 2017 Community Service Award)

Stan Price was born in 1939, married in 1961 to Carole . They had two children, a son an engineer and a daughter who is a Registered Nurse. They have six grand children and two great grandchildren. In 1981 purchased a property in Featherstone Avenue, Kairaki Beach.

Stan worked as an Advertising Executive at the Christchurch Branch of Saatchi Saatchi and Compton; he was involved in the marketing launch of Mount Hutt Ski Field, latterly at The Christchurch Press as Market Research Manager before retiring in 2003.

 Stan has been an active member  of the Pines and Kairaki Beaches Residents Association Committee  with the odd break since the year 2000.  In 2004 and 2005  Stan carried out the role of President where the first job of the committee was to insure The Pines Hall (as this had lapsed owing to funding issues) not realizing how critical this would be to the future of the Pines Hall.

In 2006 Stan the then took on the job of secretary until 2012. He retired from Secretary when his home was demolished after the earthquake and he continued his association as a Hall Trustee and is currently active on the PKBA committee.

 Other activities during this time were:

  • Organised the funding and re-painting of the original Pines Hall in 2004.
  • Involved for a number of years with Civil Defence for The Pines and Kairaki area.
  • He spent eight years as publicity officer for The Pines and Kairaki Beaches Association Gala and also produced the Associations Newsletter.
  • Stan organised  a number of Pines and Kairaki Beach Clean Ups.
  • He was involved in cooperating with the WDC for the building of the pedestrian/ cycle track from Kaiapoi to The Pines and Kairaki.
  • Contributed for three years on the original Northern Pegasus Bay Coastal Management Committee which assisted the WaimakaririDistrict Council and Hurunui District Councils in preparing the Pegasus Bay Coastal By- Law and at that time gave a slide presentation on the Problems and Opportunities for The Pines and Kairaki Beach's users. He was involved with The Pines and Kairaki committee in reviewing the Northern Pegasus Bay By Law 2016 proposals.
  • Stan co-ordinated the hiring of The Pines Hall with I Site and the local community groups.
  • On behalf of PKBA presented a submission on the  Draft Canterbury Navigation and  Safety  By-laws 2010.
  • Stan co-ordinated the mural painting of the historic Midland Bus Shelter at The Pines Beach.

In 1990 organised the Inaugural meeting of the Waimakariri River Protection Association, 80 people attended representing 25 organisations.

Stan was an inaugural member of the NZ Salmon Anglers Association Stan established as editor the NZ Salmon Angler magazine in the 1970's and it is still published today. Stan participates in the Annual NZ Salmon Anglers Fishing Competition held at the Waimakariri River Mouth.

Stan is a Life member of the Waimakariri Sailing Club and has been a member of the club for 35years, and was on the committee for over 20 years including a term as Commodore and subsequently President of the Canterbury Yachting Association and at that time hosted the then Mayor  of the Waimakariri District ,Trevor Inch aboard a viewing vessel at the Waitangi Day Regatta on Lyttelton Harbour . During this time Stan was a qualified YNZ sailing instructor  for 10 years participating  in Learn To Sail courses for the youth of the district. In 2004 Stan was awarded a Yachting New Zealand Honour Award for services to Yachting.

                               Stan is well deserving of this Community Service Award.

The Waimakariri District Council Mayor David Ayers and Stan Price with councillor Neville Atkinson announcing Stan's Community Award.


Waimak Sailing Club celebrating 90 years on the River Waimakariri Sailors and supporters enjoy enthusiastic 90th Season Opening.

Opening Day September 3 of the 2017 -18 Season turned out cold and overcast but at the end of the day there were only smiling faces pleased to get the Waimakariri Sailing Club's 90th Season underway.
A South West wind of around 10 knots with holes and gusts up to 19kts with the odd shower helped the racing pass quickly and everyone enjoyed their sailing.
David Ayers Mayor of the Waimakariri District Council officially opened the season and wished the club well for its 90th year of sailing.
The fleet of 23 boats, including visitors from Christchurch Stewarts Gully and Pleasant Point Yacht clubs competed for the Northern Outlook Junior and Senior Cups.
Crews competed under Mark Foy handicap rules, (where each boat starts at their allocated time).

Junior Northern Outlook Opening Day Cup

Winner: Dominic Pulley, WSPBC, P 962 Razzle Dazzle; second Katy Buttle, WSPBC, P908 Honky Tonk; third Ben Lowrey , WSPBC, P41 Under Pressure.

Senior Northern Outlook Opening Day Cup

Winner, Hannes Hille, WSPBC Zephyr 185 Ben; second Daniel Smith, WSPBC, Zephyr 331 Bil ; third Richard Ineson, CYC , Laser 208337 Master Blaster.
Thanks to Ron Finch for the Opening Day photographic record.
WSPBC = Waimakariri Sailing Club; CYC = Christchurch Yacht Club ; MPYC = Mount Pleasant Yacht Club;

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The pre-season working bee was held on Saturday 26 August 2017. For photos on the day (Click here)

The Waimakariri Sailing Club start a year of 90th Jubilee celebrations.
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 Sergeant 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 and became the Waimakariri Sailing and Power Boat Club on September 6 1934. The club was incorporated on 10 June 1954.

1934 Opening Day on the Kaiapoi River. Waimakariri Sailing Club members pose for a photograph.

In 1951 as part of the Canterbury 1950 Centennial celebrations the club held an M class 18’ championship for the Britannia Cup, the South Island’s premier 18’ Trophy. Notable was “Myth” an entry from Auckland designed and skippered by Laurie Davidson – this was one of his first designs which revolutionised the Class and he later became a well known Americas Cup Yacht designer.
The Grant family of Rangiora owned “Malaya” and in 1997 a Waimakariri crew of Richard Grant, Andy Holland, Peter Shanks, Paul Holland and Russell Dowdle took “Malaya” to Auckland to compete in the 75th Anniversary Regatta of the M Class. In 2004 Catherine Shanks became the first woman Commodore of the club.

Peter Mander skippering 18 Footer Skiff Intrigue on the Waimakariri River in 1952.
Intrigue won the world 18 Footer Skiff Championships at Suva, Fiji in 1952.

Club facilities were constantly improved
In 1950 when the Club House was washed away by a rampant Waimakariri River, a new one was built in 1951 on the present site through the drive of David Crozier Commodore at the time. The David Crozier Memorial Pavillion 1951 was named after him.
With the advent of sewer connections at Kairaki the Club was required to have adequate toilet facilities installed in the upstairs clubhouse. The Club had no money to take on this project but the Patron of the time suggested approaching Government to see if TEP labour could be used. The approach was so successful that the building was completed and paid for in one season. Over the next few years several other building projects were undertaken resulting in the building increasing in size and quality until in 2002 the foundations from the rebuilding in the 1950’s were replaced with a massive floating concrete and steel foundation. A new Start Box and Family Lounge named after the Andy Holland family was designed by Murray Walls, and built with a team lead by Peter Shanks, Andy Holland and Ken Fraser. Since rebuilt after the 2010 September earthquake. The Waimakariri Sailing and Power Boat Club have facilities second to none in Canterbury. The club has three rescue boats and two of these are inflatables and were donated by Peter Withall who is well known in Canterbury Yachting circles.

Ron Mackie QSM, club Patron who taught many youngsters to sail had the thrill of his life when he caught up with Joseph Sullivan one of his former sailing students at the Christchurch Americas Cup Victory parade.

Life Member Stan Price received a certificate of appreciation at the Waimakariri District Council 2017 Community Awards for his contribution to The Pines and Kairaki Community and sports input at the Waimakariri Sailing Club.

The club organise Learn to Sail courses regularly throughout the season, for information go to their web site

Notable Club Achievements
Club members throughout the years have been well known for their sailing prowess in Canterbury, Nationally and Internationally. Among these have been:- The late Andy Holland who won the Leander Trophy twice, in the R Class Championship as crew to Graham Mander in Frenzy, 1963 and 1965.
In the 1980's Andy built a Rothmans ( renamed Pheonix) and mainly sailing with Michelle his daughter as crew won six New Zealand Championships in that decade.
In 1983 Michelle Holland crewing with Leslie Egnot won a silver medal in the Womens World 470 Championship in Auckland. Other national champions, 2009 Matt Hix, Zephyr; 2010 Gareth Moore, 4.7 Laser; 2011 Gareth Moore, Starling ; 2014 Nick James helmsman R Class Leander Trophy.

P Razzle Dazzle races P Honky Tonk to the line for the Junior Opening Day Cup.

Commodore Kerry O'Brien says the 90th Jubilee celebrations and Regatta including the Zephyr Class Andy Holland Trophy race will be held on March 10th and 11th next year. For more Jubilee information email or phone 03 3252547.


WSPBC AGM (Click here for photos) Page 1 - Page 2 - Page 3

The Sunburst Canterbury Branch AGM and Trophy Presentation

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Canterbury Yachting Awards Waimakariri Sailing Club Nominations

Award night held at the Cashmere Club Friday June 16

The Waimak Club was proud to nominate these two stalwarts who have added so much to the running of the club.

Mike James nomination for “Off the Water Administrator”

being presented with his certificate by CYA Patron Jim Park.

The Award went to Jocelyn Humphries of the PPYC.

Jim Park congratulates Murray McDonald on  his nomination for ”On the Water Administrator”.          

The award went to  Robbie Norris of NPCL.


Closing Day

The Club's Closing day was held on Saturday 22 April 2017 in light easterly conditions and sunshine.

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Racing away against all odds

The weekend weather looked bad for the North Canterbury Regatta organised by the Waimakariri

Sailing club. Undaunted, over 30 boats turned up and although overcast the rain mostly stayed away with the Easterly wind on day one around 5 to 6kts and day two averaging 8kts gusting to 15kts.

Wind conditions were ideal for competitive sailing.

 The classes consisted of Junior - Optimist, P and Starling. Senior - Sunburst and Firebug.

In the Canterbury Sunburst Championship  Kaiapoi crew Heather and Murray Walls, recently back from the Nationals at Wakatere in Auckland  where they were second on handicap and first for husband and wife and Rhys O'Cain with crew Sebastian Berlioux - Barboza who also competed in the Nationals looked to battle it out for line honors in the Canterbury Championships.

It was not to be, as Mount Pleasant boat Moonbeam 2  crewed by Matt Neale and daughter Holly took 4 races out of 6 to  take out the Championship. Eagle crew Rhys O'Cain and Sebastian Berlioux - Barboza (day 1) Amelia Collins (day2) from Pleasant Point  were second and Fun, Murray and Heather Walls Waimakariri Sailing Club third.

  Results Sunburst Canterbury Championship .

Matt and Holly Neale 1055 Moonbeam 2 (MPYC)1st; Rhys O'Cain and Sebastian Berlioux - Barboza (day 1) Amelia Collins day2 1728 Eagle (PPYC) 2nd; Murray and Heather Walls 1632 Fun (WSPBC) 3rd.

 Firebug Championship.

Tom Arthur 365 Lady Bug (WSPBC) 1st; Nathan Harbutt 494 The Grey Ghost ( TBHSSC) 2nd; Bill Howard Firebug  364 (WSPBC) 3rd.

 Optimist Championship

Diego Weffens 4024 Optiprime (MPYC) 1st;  Rowan Berger 4517 Odey (TYPBC) 2nd; Jubal Pauley 4519 Ranger ( TYPBC) 3rd.

 P Class Championship

Flynn Johnson 340 Riff Raff ( WSPBC) 1st; Aylwen Berger 154 F Pete's Sake (TYPBC) 2nd; Fletcher Johnson 268 Tom Thumb (WSPBC) 3rd.

 Starling Championship

Blake Grindley- Jones 1311 Loose as a Goose (WSPBC) 1st; Aidan Berger 1317 Aquila (TYPBC) 2nd.

  MPYC -  Mt Pleasant Yacht Club; PPYC - Pleasant Point Yacht Club   TYPBC – Timary Yacht and Powerboat Club TBHSSC – Timaru Boys High School Sailing Club   WSPBC- Waimakariri Sailing Club.

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P Class Fletcher Johnson WSPBC in 268  heading off Aylwen Berger TYPBC 154 Pete’s Sake at the top mark

Starling Championship winner  Blake Grindley- Jones WSPBC in Loose as a Goose setting  off to the bottom mark followed by two  Sunbursts battling it out, 1728 skippered by Rhys O’Cain PPYC and 1576 skippered by Mike James WSPBC


Waimak 5 Hour Race Sunday 26 February 2017

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Notice of Race - Waimak Regatta

25-26 March 2017 (Click here)

Club sailing on Sunday 11 December 2016 was sailed in southerly winds swinging from sou-west to sou-east, gusting to 23 knots at times but gradually dropping and the temperature going up.

One race was run which also incorporated the Marathon Race to Stewarts Gully.

Line places were; Senior;

1st Tom Arthur Europe, 2nd Samantha Johnston Europe


1st Harry Howard Optimist.

Photographs on the day;

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Club sailing on Sunday 3 December 2016 was sailed in easterly winds of 8 knots with gusts to 12 knots. 11 yachts sailed and two races were run back to back. The Race Officer was Tom Arthur.

Results (Line placings);

Race 1

10 Europe Fruition Edward de la Cour

324 Zephyr Bonnie Graeme Hore

39 Zephyr Windbag Ron Mackie

Race 2

10 Europe Fruition Edward de la Cour

39 Zephyr Windbag Ron Mackie

1632 Sunburst FUN Murray & Heather Walls

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Sunburst South Island Championships sailed at Dunedin from the Vauxhall Yacht Club.

Two Waimak crews sailed in the event in rough to extreme conditions. Murray and Heather Walls in 'FUN' and Mike and Jeanette James in 'Soothsayer'. (Congratulations to crews for surviving the elements).

Murray and Heather finished 6th and Mike and Jeanette finished 8th.

A full report is available on the NZ Sunburst Assn web site.


Sailing on Sunday 27 November had to be cancelled due to very adverse conditions, the river was in flood and the nor-west was gusting to 30 knots which was not condusive to pleasant or safe sailing.

Waimak river mouth from the start box on Sunday.


Club sailing on Saturday 16 October saw a good fleet in good conditions.

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Sunburst 591 sailing up the Waimak

Packing up after the sailing on 16 October 2016


Club sailing on Saturday 1 October saw a good fleet in

good conditions.

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Waimakariri Sailors and supporters enjoy enthusiastic Season Opening. In spite of a bad forecast all week for Sunday Opening sailing September 18 , the weatherman relented and provided ideal conditions for the Waimakariri Sailing Club's Opening Day last Sunday.

Cloudy conditions with a steady North East wind of around 8 knots helped ease in the sailors for the start of the 2016-17 season.

David Ayers Mayor of the Waimakariri District Council officially opened the season and wished the club well.

The fleet of around 30 boats, including visitors from other Canterbury Clubs competed for the Northern Outlook Junior and Senior Cups.
Crews competed under Mark Foy handicap rules, (where each boat starts at their allocated time).

Junior Northern Outlook Opening Day Cup winner, Dominic Pulley WSPBC P 962 Razzle Dazzle; second; Jayden Curry MPYC Optimist 4025 Flipperbitr; third Fletcher Johnson, WSPBC P268 Tom Thumb.

Senior Northern Outlook Opening Day Cup winner, Simon Fraser WSPBC Zephyr 19 Athena; second Blake Grindley-Jones WSPBC Starling 1311 Loose As A Goose ; third Hannes Hille, NPCL Zephyr 185 Ben.

The Challenge Shield Trophy Race between the Waimakariri and Stewarts Gully Sailing Clubs was competed for and after two of the four series the Waimakariri Sailing Club are leading.

WSPBC = Waimakariri Sailing Club; MPYC = Mount Pleasant Yacht Club; NPCL = Naval Point Club Lyttelton.

Race Officer Murray Walls presenting the Junior Northern Outlook Opening Day Cup to Dominic Pulley

Competitors sailing through the start finish line heading to the top mark

Race Officer Murray Walls presenting the Senior Opening Day Cup to Simon Fraser

Dominic Pulley in P Class Razzle Dazzle crossing the finish line to win the Junior Opening Day Cup


The Canterbury Sunburst Association AGM & Trophy Presentations Waimak members had a strong showing.

Canterbury Championships -

Line Honours – 1563 Bad News – Paul Duder & Ian Douglas (PPYC)

Handicap – Races 1 & 2 (Shield) –  1525 Ripper - Ross Dawson & Kate Matson (WSPBC)

Handicap – Races 3 & 4 (Barometer)  – 1576 Soothsayer – Mike & Jeanette James (WSPBC)

Handicap – Races 5 & 6 (Rudder) – 1059 Solar Flair - Peter & Catherine Shanks (WSPBC)

Novice Skipper – Alice Barrett (PPYC)

South Island Championship – 1668 Sunbird – Matt & Emmeline Neale (MPYC)

South Island Championship – Best Presented Boat 1632 Fun – Murray & Heather Walls  (WSPBC)

Round the Block Trophy – Waimakariri Sailing Club


Craig Tomlinson Chairman of the Canterbury Sunburst Association presenting the Round the Block  trophy to Peter Shanks Waimakariri Sailing Club for the 5 hour race

Peter and Catherine Shanks, 1059 Solar Flair, receiving the Sunburst Canterbury Championships – Handicap – Races 5 & 6


The clubs closing day was on Sunday 16 April 2016 in light conditions with 19 boats taking part in the Mark Foy Races.

Murray McDonald and Warren Collingwood getting out the buoys.

The launch ramp

Reece Pike't

Ron Mackie

Zephyrs and Starlings competing

Brian James receives the Marshall Familly Cup from the Commodore Mike James for the senior race

Katie Buttle receives Bishop Family Cup for the Junior Race


Near Record Entries in the North Canterbury Sailing Regatta

February 20/21, 35 crews (49 sailors)  returned to the Waimakariri Sailing Club's North Canterbury Regatta, numbers not seen  at this Regatta since the September 2010 earthquake.

North West rain in the Alps could have caused problems with the Waimakariri River and it did wear its drab brown look but summer shone through for superb two days of  racing.

The classes consisted of, Junior Ranks, Optimist, P and Starling. Senior classes Sunburst and Firebug.

In the Sunburst South Island  Championship  Kaiapoi crew Heather and Murray Walls fresh from the NZ Masters with a Bronze medal sailing their boat  Fun were the local hopes to head off  the NZ Masters Gold medalist Dunedin crew Peter Nees and Peter Wood in Alfresco.

After three races on  the first day sailing in a steady Easterly averaging around 7kts it looked as though the Walls might beat the Dunedin Crew. The Easterly continued the second day but became brisk as the day wore on, rising from average of 13kts to 15kts with gusts of 17kts. 

Disaster struck for the Walls in the first race on the second day when their spinnaker halyard malfunctioned causing a DNF.

Mount Pleasant boat Sunbird crewed by Matt Neale and daughter Emmeline took races 5 and 6 to  take out the Championship. Alfresco crew Peter Nees and Peter Wood the Dunedin boat were second and Fun, Murray and Heather Walls Waimakariri Sailing Club third.

The brisk North Easterly on the second day made for exciting racing for crews and spectators alike.

 Results Sunburst South Island Championship

Matt and Emmeline Neale 1668 Sunbird (MPYC)1st ; Peter Nees and Peter Wood 1815 Alfresco

(VYC) 2nd ; Murray and Heather Walls 1632 Fun (WSPBC) 3rd.

Firebug Championship

Tom Arthur 365 Lady Bug (WSPBC) 1st ; Nick Palleson 21 Sparky ( LMAC) 2nd ; Ian Douglas 94  PDQ (PPYC) 3rd

 Open Class

Reece Piket 8024 Crivens (WSPBC).

Optimist Championship

Katie Buttle 3957 Bug (WSPBC)

Optimist Green Fleet

Will Herriot 4132 Bolt (NPCL),

P Class Championship

Lucia Rapley 219 Ripped ( CYC) 1st ; Flynn Johnson 266 Cheetah (WSPBC) 2nd ; Fletcher Johnson 268 Tom Thumb (WSPBC) 3rd.

Starling Championship

Blake Grindley- Jones 1014 5th Dimension (WSPBC) 1st ; Charlotte James 884 Sudden Surge (WSPBC) 2nd.

CYC -  Christchurch Yacht Club; LMAC -  Lake Mahinapua Aquatic Club  (Hokitika)

MPYC -  Mt Pleasant Yacht Club; NPCL  -   Naval Point; PPYC -    Pleasant Point Yacht Club

VYC -  Vauxhall Yacht Club ( Dunedin); WSPBC- Waimakariri Sailing Club

Sunburst 1632 Fun crewed by Murray and Heather Walls WSPBC attempting to hold off Sunbird 1668 crew Matt and Emmeline Neale MPYC and Alfresco 1815 crew Peter Nees and Peter Wood VYC as they round the top mark on a breezy run.

P Class 268 Tom Thumb skippered by Fletcher Johnson WSPBC 266 Cheetah skippered by Flynn Johnson WSPBC and Firebug 90 Aphid skippered by Arlia O’Sullivan PPYC.

Masters Games

Three club Sunburst crews and supporters attended the Masters Games in Dunedin, the sailing taking place 5-7 February 2016. Light winds were experienced on the first two days but on the Sunday the nor-east freshened resulting in some challenging sailing. Murray and Heather in FUN 1632 finished 3rd, with Mike and Janette James in Soothsayer 1576 4th and Peter and Catherine Shanks in Solar Flair 1059 5th.

Mike and Janette James in Soothsayer 1576 leading Peter and Catherine Shanks in Solar Flair 1059

Murray and Heather Walls in FUN 1632

Sunburst sailors after the medal presentations

Sunburst Nationals at Lyttelton

Five club boats participated over the weekend of 23-24 January 2016. The top club boat was FUN 1632 sailed by Murray and Heather Walls which finished 6th overall and won the Muritai One Ton cup for first husband and wife.

Murray and Heather Walls in FUN 1632

Mike and Janette James ---------Peter and Catherine Shanks

Ross Dawson and Kate Matson in Ripper 1525

Tom Arthur and Linda Dawber in POP 282


Sunday 10 January 2016

Fourteen boats took part in the sailing which for Seniors, was for the Senior Pennant over two races. Conditions were light with an occasional gust, with the wind swinging all around the compass and dying out at the end of the second race. Handicap placings to be advised.

Sunday 20 December 2015

The racing on Sunday 20 December was for the R.G. Grant Cup, sailed over two races in east-nor-east wind which gradually increased.

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The R. G. Grant Trophy was won by Murray and Heather Walls in Sunburst 'FUN'

R. G Grant Cup winners Heather and Murray Walls with Race Officer Kent Dawson

Sunday 8 November 2015

Sixteen boats sailed with the Sunbursts competing for the Smith Wood Trophy. Conditions for the first race were very light with the easterly freshening for Race 2

Zephyrs in the very light conditions

Graeme Hore close racing with Ron Mackie No. 39

Alex Aitken tacking in Zephyr 147

Ross Dawson and Kate Matson in Ripper 1525 leading Murray and Heather Walls in FUN 1632

Ross Dawson and Kate Matson in Ripper 1525 leading Peter and Catherine Shanks in Solar Flair 1059

Congestion around the 'C' mark

The winners of the Smith Wood Trophy for Sunbursts Ross Dawson and Kate Matson being presented with the trophy by the Race Officer Tom Arthur


Results from the Club sailing on Sunday 11 October 2015

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Results from the Club sailing on Sunday 27 September 2015

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September Have A Go Sailing Day at the Waimak

15 intrepid people from the Kaiapoi Anglican Youth Group took to the water in September in the Waimakariri Sailing Club's, Have A Go At Sailing organised by our club committee member Victor Sue – Tang .

A full briefing on adequate clothing, personal buoyancy and the way a boat sails was demonstrated by Kent Dawson the Waimak Club's Youth Coaching Co -ordinator.

Each member of the group was allocated to a two handed Sunburst Sailing dinghy with an experienced skipper. The 8 to 14 knots gusty Easterly gave the potential sailors a taste of exciting sailing in a brisk spring time breeze.

Kent Dawson Waimak Club Coaching Co – ordinator (center) demonstrating the key points of sailing to some of the Kaiapoi Anglican Youth Group

Opening Day 2015

Sailing Season Opened on a High

The Waimakariri Sailing Club held their Opening Day in September in perfect sailing conditions. A steady North East wind of 6 to 10 knots in bright sunshine combined to make the Northern Outlook Cup races a great start to the season.

A fleet of 26 boats including visitors from other Canterbury Clubs, took to the water, Crews competed under Mark Foy handicap rules, (where each boat starts at their allocated time).

The Junior Northern Outlook Cup winner was Katy Buttle WSPBC, Optimist 3957 Bug; second Charlotte James WSPBC, P374 Shotgun; third Flynn Johnson, P27 Cheeta.

Senior Cup winner, Alan Adams WSPBC Zephyr 92 Stoic; second Aaron & Brandon Krahagen Phoenix 252 Just Wind; third Alistair McKerchar & Joan Stevens, Sunburst 591 Viking.

Sunburst yachts competing for the Northern Outlook Senior Cup jockeying for position under full spinnaker heading to the bottom mark

P Class sailor Flynn Johnson in P27 Cheeta

Commodore Mike James presenting Katy Buttle winner of the Northern Outlook Junior Cup

Commodore Mike James presenting the Northern Outlook Senior Opening Day Cup to Alan Adams

New sign on Club House to keep fishermen and ramp users informed


Club News


Murray McDonald

Asurequality Annual award "Do the Right thing / Exceed Expectations" being presented by Janine Smith - Chair, John McKay - Chief Executive and John McKay to Murray McDonald



Winter Sailing

Sunday, Queen’s Birthday weekend was the start of the Winter Sailing and Coaching by Andy Holland and Jeff O’Leary.

Around six boats participated supported by a strong team of helpers. Conditions were ideal with a light Nor’easter and sunny sky.


Some of the team preparing to sail

Warren Collingwood in the patrol boat riding herd on three of the competitors in the first of a series of short races


Closing Day

Closing Day Saturday April 18, a big fleet of 22 boats

Commodore Mike welcomed guests, Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayres, Patron Andy and Leona Holland, Regional Support Officer YNZ Ian Gardiner and Canterbury Sailing club representatives.

Winner Junior Division Bishop Family Cup, Charlotte James in P 374 Shotgun is presented with her trophy by her Dad Commodore Mike James.

Winner Senior Division,Charlie de la Cour in Europe 10 receiving the Marshall Family Cup from Life Member Adair Marshall.


WSPBC 5 Hour Race

The Annual 5 Hour was held at the Waimak on Sunday 1 March 2015 in perfect conditions, a light nor-east gradually increased during the day providing the sailors with a great sailing day.   Five Sunbursts took part with crews changing on the South Bank every hour.   Some close racing ensured that the crews had to work hard to hold their places or improve their lap times.

The 5 Hour Race winner 'FUN'

Warren Collingwood transferring sailors from the south river bank change area

Charlotte James and Luke Gill sailing hard in 'Hot Stuff'

The Waimakariri North Canterbury Regatta was sailed over Saturday and Sunday February 14/15 with 30 yachts competing.  It was a very successful weekend for the Waimakariri Sailing Club and contesting skippers.

Both days were challenging for the sailors and Race Officer alike.

Saturday was overcast with a steady South Westerly averaging aound 10knots ,

the overcast conditions continued on Sunday with an even more challenging light 4knot Southerly.


Firebug South Island Championships

Ian Douglas ppyc  94 PDQ 1st ; Tom Arthur wspbc 365 Ladybug, 2nd; Alice Barrett ppyc 441 Firebug 3rd.

Open Class Championships

Liam James wspbc 102 Epee, 1st; Edward de la Cour wspbc 60 Dory,  2nd; Reece Pike't wspbc 46 Red 3rd.

Optimist Class Championships

Kyle Houston npcl 4535 Opti 1st ; Katy Buttle wspbc 3957 Bug 2nd.

P Class Championships

Lucia Rapley cyc 219 Ripped 1st; Blake Grindley- Jones wspbc 340 Riff Raff 2nd;

Charlotte James wspbc 374 Shotgun 3rd

Starling Class Championships

Dion Houston npcl 1244 Blackout 1st ; Ollie Corbey npcl 1171 Starling 2nd.

Sunburst Smith Wood Trophy

Murray and Heather Walls wspbc 1632 Fun 1st; Matte and Emmeline Neale mpyc 1668 Sunbird 2nd

Mike and Janette James wspbc 1576 Soothsayer 3rd.


Volvo Sailing Day 1 February 2015

Hi Mum

Happy sailors and supporters at the Volvo Sailing Day


Our Patron Andy Holland is celebrating his 80th birthday this week, a very special occasion for all. 21/12/2014

Andy and Leona

Mander Trophy winner, Blake Grindley-Jones, which is awarded for the Canterbury P Class Championships

Blake sailing his P Class at the Waimak

Club supporter Peter Withall

Catherine Shanks, Gwenda Johnson and Roz Dawson


Ron Mackie

A lifetime of Painting

7 December - 9 January 2015

Chamber Gallery Rangiora Library

WSPBC members Carole and Stan Price with Ron Mackie at the opening of Ron's painting exibition in Rangiora Sunday 7 December 2014

Ron's CV as sent to the Exibition Curator

I am most grateful to the Waimakariri Community Arts Council for providing this opportunity for an 81 year old to share his first solo exhibition and I congratulate the WCAC on their efforts to mount the monthly exhibitions in this unique gallery.

 One looks for threads that have drawn this exhibition together. One thread definitely goes back to primary school where I was lucky enough to have a specialist ‘art’ teacher for 1hr/week in standards 5 & 6.

He had a special interest in ‘technical drawing’ with the result that at that early age I fully understood the operation of the 2-stroke and 4-stroke internal combustion engines, the slide valve steam engine, the basics of the jet engine and even the ingenious hydraulic ram! I wonder if you know what it did? Also his lessons on perspective served me well some 40 years later!

 At secondary school I was enrolled in the ‘professional’ course where French was more important than Art! After attending Canterbury University College (now the Arts Centre) and Teacher’s College, may first appointment was to Papanui High School where another new teacher quickly increased staff awareness of his department and the art world -  the indefatigable John Colley provided yet another thread. After three years doing ‘country service’ in Te Aroha, I returned to the mainland as HOD Science and later DP at Rangiora High School where, after the retirement of the late Mr Tom Penny,

Colin Macintosh was appointed. He introduced me to water colours and I was indeed most fortunate to have a great tutor, headmaster and friend. Colin formed a small group who enjoyed outdoor painting days with challenges of skies, rivers, seas and foothills all nearby.

 When I retired,  the very active Rangiora Art Society had much to offer by way of regular painting days and excellent visiting tutors and this resulted in a 25 year association with the Society serving on the committee and as president for a number of years.

I am also most grateful to the owners of many of these paintings who kindly agreed to let me borrow them for the month. 

Subject material for over 350 paintings completed came from family interests in the outdoors, from tramping and climbing trips and from Barbara's garden in which the seasonal variety of form, colour and texture challenged the palette and technique. The exhibition also provides an opportunity to view some of the original paintings that have been reproduced in a range of cards that have been available over the last 10 years. ENJOY!