Sail­ing wa­ters await you

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New Zealand’s re­cent sail­ing suc­cesses at the Olympics has Pare­mata Boat­ing Club hope­ful there will be an in­creased lo­cal in­ter­est in sail­ing this sum­mer.

Pare­mata Boat­ing Club com­mences its sea­son this Sun­day with a brief open­ing cer­e­mony fol­lowed by a race.

Sail­ing will then continue reg­u­larly through to early May 2013.

The club, one of the old­est in the Welling­ton re­gion, is lo­cated on Pare­mata Har­bour, just over the Pare­mata Bridge on State High­way 58.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Mike Fran­cis says the club is well­known in the sail­ing community for its fam­ily-ori­ented at­mos­phere and fo­cus on en­joy­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion. There are also a num­ber of so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties for the non­sail­ing mem­bers of the fam­ily.

Pare­mata Boat­ing Club caters for all ages, abil­i­ties, and a num­ber of classes of yacht, in­clud­ing Op­ti­mist, Star­ling, Laser, Sun­burst, and Z Class.

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 in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of rac­ing for the more com­pet­i­tive sailors.

There are also re­gional and na­tional sail­ing re­gat­tas to con­test.

The dates for this sea­son’s Learn to Sail cour­ses are Oc­to­ber 20 to 22 ( Labour week­end) and Jan­uary 19 to 21 (Welling­ton An­niver­sary week­end).

Mr Fran­cis says these are very pop­u­lar, so fam­i­lies who are in­ter­ested should call sail­ing academy man­ager Roger Cook or the club sec­re­tary for more in­for­ma­tion.

To fur­ther en­cour­age peo­ple back onto the wa­ter the club will be hold­ing a “bring a boat” day where sailors with a yacht that hasn’t been sailed for a while are en­cour­aged to come and have a sail on the in­let with club mem­bers. The date for this is still to be de­ter­mined and will be ad­ver­tised.

Res­i­dents are also re­minded that the Pare­mata Boat­ing Club fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able for hire for wed­dings, birth­days and other so­cial events.

Email the club sec­re­tary at pbc­sec­re­tary@ xtra. co. nz or contact the Com­modore Paul Pet­tit on 233 0312, or Roger Cook on 237 6269.

Sold on sail­ing: Young wind-wran­glers learn their skills in the calm wa­ters in front of Pare­mata Boat­ing Club.

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