Sailing waters await you
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.