Boating club proud of its rich history
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.