We are a volunteer run organisation in the mould of typical New Zealand community based clubs. We invite people who enjoy sailing dinghy class yachts, and the company of others who also enjoy sailing and racing to apply for membership. Young and old, families and singles are welcome equally. We encourage Members to own their own boat, however until Members are ready to take this step, there are plenty of opportunities to sail as crew or borrow club boats.
We cater for all age groups and all levels of interest in competitive, social dinghy sailing. We also believe that there are a few things in life (but not too many!) other than sailing, such as social events, which are organised from time to time.
The club welcomes new members. Casual crews are very welcome at the club, however those that regularly sail with club members (say more than 3 times a season) are encouraged to apply for membership.
The club sets annual membership subscription fees with a fee structure involving categories: Adults, families, youth and junior and non-sailing members. Fees go to the ongoing running of the club, such as land lease, petrol for rescue boats, cleaning, repairs and maintenance, power and telephone, alarm monitoring, refreshments, licenses. We supplement fees by applying for community grants to various organisations to help pay for the public services such as coaching, rescue boats, etc. All club officers are volunteers and all members are expected to volunteer some time to the club in the form of working bees, running regattas, race officer, rescue boat driving, race management, kitchen duties etc. Volunteerism is part of the experience and the New Zealand way.
Members get to enjoy the club facilities collectively (the clubrrom is available for hire by members for special events such as birthday, wedding reception, at a very reasonable rate). Participation in organised club racing on Saturdays is at no charge. Free coaching is available for juniors during the season. Cups and trophies are awarded at the end of the season for a variety of a successes e.g. class line honours, class first on handicap, champion of champions, etc. Boat storage is available to active sailing members at the club facilities for an additional annual fee.
The club is an incorporated society within New Zealand and follows the standard democratic processes, financial reporting, auditing and election of officers required of an incorporated society. An AGM of all club members is held annually to elect club officers (see the Club Almanac on process and timeframes for nomination) and to receive and approve club reports.