Sailing season starts soon
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 email@example.com 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.