Boat­ing club proud of its rich his­tory

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The her­itage of Plim­mer­ton Boat­ing Club and what the club has to of­fer new mem­bers are the fo­cus of a spe­cial dis­play this Sun­day.

The club has been op­er­at­ing since 1925, yel­low­ing pho­tographs re­veal­ing an or­gan­i­sa­tion with very hum­ble be­gin­nings.

‘‘It started as a lit­tle shed on the rocks into what we have now, there’s def­i­nitely been progress,’’ says Brian Mosen, mem­ber of the Porirua His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and the boat­ing club. ‘‘We want to share the his­tory with the pub­lic, as well as let­ting them know about our ju­niors, fish­ing com­pe­ti­tions, and the fact we’re a mix of yacht­ing and mo­tor-boat­ing. It gives new mem­bers a chance to see what we’re about and res­i­dents and vis­i­tors a good snapshot of this area from years ago.’’

The club’s com­modore, Andy Robertshawe, says they hope the oc­ca­sion will see them add to their mem­ber­ship, which sits about 400.

There has been a re­vival in sail­ing in Plim­mer­ton in re­cent years, he says. Up to 13 mem­bers com­pete on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, and the youth train­ing pro­gramme is also flour­ish­ing.

Mr Robertshawe says they will also host the Noelex 22 North Is­land Cham­pi­onships early in the New Year, so the pub­lic can ex­pect to see more than 15 boats com­pet­ing at the top level.

The dis­play at Plim­mer­ton Boat­ing Club is part of Her­itage Month fes­tiv­i­ties. It runs from 2pm till 8pm this Sun­day.

Gold­mine: Brian Mosen, left, Andy Robertshawe (club com­modore) and Peter Evans sift through the trea­sures – pho­tos, car­toons and records – for dis­play.

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