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.

Sam Jones
Commodore 2019/20

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.
Other important moments in our Club history.
Club achievements over the years
Club sailing 1935 to 1938
Waimakariri Sailing Club Early History

The WSC "Learn to Sail Programme" and the "Club Coaching Programme" have in the past both been supported by the Rata Foundation.
The WSC would also like to thank the following organisations for their generous support.

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.

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