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Images of a traditional Opening Day

'The club bell is rung by one of the senior members (left)- Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009'    © Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

For many New Zealand sailing clubs, October marks the opening of the summer sailing season. Sail-World's camera was down at Wakatere Boating Club today to take in the Opening Day of one of New Zealand's top dinghy sailing clubs which started in 1926 as a sailing canoe club. In fact, Wakatere means fast canoe.

The club races in eight classes. There are mnay instances of three generations of sailing families being actively involved in the club. The club has stuck by its traditons, one of which, in conjunction with the North Shore City Council and local heritage society is to maintain the traditional racing tower. On Opening Day, heritage racing is sailed, with startes off the tower and an offshore mark, rather than the usual patrol boat starts.

The day is a great opportunity to view the fleet, and have a chat - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62160   Click Here to view large photo


Around six of the eight or so classes sailed are in this shot - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62160   Click Here to view large photo


Part of the fleet lined up outside the club - there’s more being rigged around the back, and on the beach - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62160   Click Here to view large photo


The club race tower was built in the early 1950’s - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62160   Click Here to view large photo


The strong Starling fleet lines up - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62160   Click Here to view large photo


The Sunburst two man dinghy was designed by one of the clubs founders, Jack Brooke - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62160   Click Here to view large photo


There’s the official Briefing, and then the unofficial Briefing on the beach - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62160   Click Here to view large photo


The club tower is designated as an historical place - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62160   Click Here to view large photo


Fond farewells for the OK fleet - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62160   Click Here to view large photo


Optimist mothers in control as the boats are taken down the ramp - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62160   Click Here to view large photo


Club Life member Neil Coleman (in his 80’s) helps out on the ramp before climbing into the tower to help with race management - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62160   Click Here to view large photo




by Richard Gladwell

  

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