New Building Works
Wakatere Boating Club has been operating on Narrow Neck Beach for over 90 years serving its local Devonport Peninsula community with a vibrant sporting club encouraging sailors of all ages to compete and enjoy the sport of sailing and provide a community facility available to many Aucklanders for functions and events.
It's facilities and club house have evolved over the years to accommodate the ever changing needs of it's members and the community. It is now time for the next evolution of what Wakatere BC is able to provide.
Why it's Needed
Wakatere BC has been fortunate to benefit from the uptake in sailing over recent years, fuelled by exposure of Olympic and America's Cup success. It's expanding ranks of Juniors, Youth sailors and Senior competitors has grown consistently to a base of over 400 members. Most of these sailors are families within the local Devonport community and are all seeking an active lifestyle through the sport of sailing.
Our valued location between the road and beach is constraining our growth and the ability to store sailing dinghies of all types at the club. With an increasing number of members and sailing classes, Wakatere needs to find a way to accommodate more sailors and more boats.
Wakatere began discussions with valued club member, and renowned local architect Ken Davis, on solutions of how we could sympathetically add additional storage space without impacting the club's ability to operate. We need to improve the outdoor spaces around the club and add some much needed shade and shelter. Ken quickly identified the small amount of vacant and buildable land on the Northern side of the clubhouse that would meet these objectives and the initiative was approved by land owners Auckland Council and the Wakatere Committee and its members.
Once completed the new storage facility will provide storage for over 30 additional junior sailing dinghies of all types, which in turn frees further space in existing lockers for other sailing classes.The new deck also provides an invaluable space of shaded decking that the local community and Wakatere members can enjoy in a safe, family friendly environment.
We Need Your Help
Wakatere BC is seeking your help in funding this new building project. While our programme began in 2017 with a combined Wakatere and North Shore Rugby Club America's Cup luncheon fundraiser in August 2017, we need your help to continue. We are appealing to local businesses, grant authorities and club members. Our goal is to raise the remaining funds by the end of 2018.
Let us know how you can get involved to support your local sailing club and local community.
Please contact Commodore Simon Probert
Last updated 05:52 on 17 April 2018