Sail­ing sea­son starts soon

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For res­i­dents for­tu­nate enough to have a view over the Pau­ata­hanui In­let, they will soon see the yachts of the Pare­mata Boat­ing Club tack­ing and jib­ing as an­other sail­ing sea­son be­gins.

The 2011-2012 sea­son starts on Oc­to­ber 2 and has a large sail­ing pro­gram sched­uled, as well as many so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Pare­mata Boat­ing Club, one of the old­est in the Welling­ton re­gion, is lo­cated on the edge of the in­let, just over the Pare­mata Bridge on the road to Whitby.

It is pre­dom­i­nantly a sail­ing club cater­ing for all ages and sev­eral classes of yacht, in­clud­ing Op­ti­mist, Star­ling, Laser, Sun­burst, and Z Class.

Sur­round­ing wa­ters have been the train­ing ground for many well-known in­ter­na­tional New Zealand sailors, in­clud­ing Rus­sell Coutts, David Barnes and Murray Jones, all of whom spent con­sid­er­able time as ju­niors at the sail­ing club.

The club’s Sail­ing Academy of­fers a chil­dren’s Learn to Sail pro­gramme, coach­ing and train­ing af­ter school on Tues­days, and reg­u­lar sail­ing on Sun­day morn­ings, with rac­ing for the more com­pet­i­tive sailors.

Sailors also travel to com­pete in many of the re­gional and national sail­ing re­gat­tas.

The dates for the five-day Learn to Sail cour­ses are Oc­to­ber 10 and 14, and Oc­to­ber 17 and 21. These are very pop­u­lar, so those in­ter­ested should con- tact Sail­ing Academy man­ager Roger Cook well in ad­vance.

Com­modore Paul Pet­tit says the club is well known in the sail­ing com­mu­nity for its fam­ily-ori­ented at­mos­phere and fo­cus on en­joy­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion in sail­ing.

He says the club is al­ways look­ing to at­tract new mem­bers and to get more peo­ple out on the water to en­joy this ex­cit­ing and fun sport. For non-sailors there are plenty of other roles to as­sist with the sail­ing, in­clud­ing res­cue boats, start­ing and fin­ish­ing du­ties, re­sults record­ing, or even run­ning the bar­be­cue.

So if you are a past mem­ber, new to the area, have a yacht in the back­yard that has not been in the water for a while, or are just in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved in the sail­ing club ac­tiv­i­ties, get down to the club, in­tro­duce your­self to a mem­ber, and find out what it is all about.

For more in­for­ma­tion please email the club sec­re­tary at pbc­sec­re­ or con­tact Paul Pet­tit on 233 0312 or Sail­ing Academy man­ager Roger Cook on 237 6269.

Hoist the sails: Young sailors at­tempt to wran­gle the wind in the wa­ters be­side Pare­mata Boat­ing Club. The new sea­son opens in Oc­to­ber.

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