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Waikawa Boating Club Season Summary

The Waikawa Boating Club Lockwood designed club house looks out over the entry between East and West marina berths in the Waikawa Marina, right out into Waikawa Bay. After coming in from a day on the water, you can watch the sun go down from the large waterfront deck or from the Wardroom restaurant.

WBC offers its members; use of the club house laundry and bathroom facilities 24 hours a day, has a Wardroom Bar and Restaurant open 3-4 days a week and has over 90 moorings for member’s enjoyment throughout the Marlborough Sounds. The Rear Commodores offer exciting all year yacht racing programs, cruising and on the water activities for both launches and yachts and a social program that starts with an a la carte menu each Friday night.

Summer Opening Day in October 2016 heralded the start of another exciting racing, cruising and social calendar with both yacht racing and cruise boat events allowing everyone to get out on the water for the day.

Sailing kicked off the season with the Marlborough Sounds Marinas Spring Twilight Series contested on Tuesday evenings by up to 45 yachts over 3 different divisions.  A few days later and the largest fleet of yachts sailed across Cook Strait carrying their precious cargo of new release 2016 Sauvignon Blanc in the Wineworks Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race to Wellington.

The Lawson’s Dry Hills New Year Regatta will once again be a highlight on the Sailing calendar on the 7th and 8th  of January with entries coming in from Canterbury, Nelson and Wellington. Many of the visiting yachts take the opportunity to cruise the Sounds before returning to their home port.

The Cruising section started their season with the annual Beach Clean where club members visit the bays where the combined clubs moorings are situated. It was pleasing to note the amount of beach rubbish appears to be reducing each year. Several boats have just returned from another popular cruise to D’Urville Island with more cruises to D’Urville and Abel Tasman planned for the summer.

Club activities have seen live music following the successful Boat Bits Car Boot Sale. With the Friday ‘Club’ night consistently busy the club is now also open on Saturday evenings from 5pm till about 7pm with the bar open and light food available. The club welcomes visitors and guests with extended opening hours over summer. Check at the club website or facebook page for more details closer to Christmas.

With over 90 moorings available exclusively to the combined clubs cruising in the Sounds has never been easier. The Waikawa Boating Club membership is growing and they welcome your enquiry.

Contact the Club office on 03 573 6798 or office@waikawaboatingclub.co.nz for more information.

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