Auckland is a mecca for sailing, with a number of great clubs scattered around the city’s coastline. If you are looking for a club that is five minutes from the city centre, with great views and quick and easy access to excellent sailing water, then the Auckland Sailing Club is a good choice. Based on Tamiki Drive, The club has a strong focus on competitive amateur yacht racing, and has built a reputation for being the place to learn high performance sailing.
Racing takes place each Sunday during summer, with the right conditions you can be guaranteed exhilarating sailing. The club often hosts international Regattas featuring the 12 and 18 foot skiff Interdominions. Most of the Sunday classes feature the 12 and 18 foot skiffs and javelins.
The Auckland Sailing Club rooms and facilities are available for community groups, giving locals the opportunity to enjoy the club’s resources. This includes Orakei water sports and the Water Wise facilitators, who focus on giving school children an opportunity to have a go at sailing.
Bucklands Beach Yacht Club is another popular club for Auckland’s sailing community. Located in Half Moon Bay, the club is well located to take advantage of great sailing conditions and an enthusiastic community of water-lovers. Young sailors in particular can enjoy the club’s facilities and training programmes, with the club boasting international and Olympic participants as members, including Barbara and Bruce Kendall and Joey Allen.
The yacht club has invested heavily in J24 Keelboats which has afforded young sailors to chance to improve their abilities. The Optimist Training School is helping teach many young sailors how to sail, with more advanced programmes on offer that focuses on competition sailing. The club has made sailing more accessible by keeping subscription rates as some of the cheapest in Auckland.
Bucklands Beach Yacht Club is a great place to become involved in sailing in a fantastic environment amongst great people. With a bistro restaurant and three bars, many consider this to be one of the best clubs in the country.