Torbay Sailing Club Posts

  • A New Chapter for the Torbay Sailing Club

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    Work has begun on new clubrooms for the Torbay Sailing Club at Aicken Reserve, Waiake after years of planning and fundraising by club members. The new club rooms, thanks to the generous support of Foundation North, NZCT, Lotteries Commission, Auckland Council, Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, Lion Foundation and Infinity Foundation  is planned for completion before the start of the 2016/17 summer season and in time for the World Master’s Games sailing event in April 2017.

    The sailing club at Waiake Beach had modest beginnings in the late 1950s when local residents grouped together to share their passion for sailing on the outstanding waters off the northern East Coast Bays. Early sailing races were run out of a tent erected on the foreshore and a variety of wooden homebuilt craft were popular. By the late 1960s a number of families who later became well known in New Zealand and international sailing circles called Torbay Boating Club (as it was known then) home. Examples included the Holland family; son Ron Holland became famous as a yacht designer, as did Russell Bowler who was a key member of the Farr Design office. The Bethwaite family were also Torbay locals who later migrated to Australia and became most well known as the designers of the current Olympic class skiff the 49er. Both John Spencer and Kerry Alexander were local boat-builders based in Browns Bay and John Spencer designs such as the Jollyboat and the Javelin still sail from Torbay 5o years on!

    The first club house was built on the current site in the 1960s and it was little more than a shed. Upgrades and additions provided storage for a tractor and rescue boat in the 1970s. During the 1980s club members along with the community worked to develop the current structure which also included the Awatuna Sea Scout hall and boat storage and more recently the shed for the local WaterWise group.

    The current Torbay Sailing Club structure eventually became run down and basic facilities within the structure were no longer operational; plumbing, electrical and water leak issues had become common, and the club-house has become tired and run-down.

    Construction of the new club house commenced in May and will feature a structure which sits on the original “foot-print”, but is more modern and fit-for-purpose. Designed by club member, architect and local resident Tymen Tolsma and supported by club members who have expertise in planning, engineering, building, legal and fundraising – the new building is a real team effort by our small, family oriented club who see the opportunity to provide a facility that has the ability to serve the local community in many ways.

    “The new club-house will be awesome not only for our club, but as a facility that is suitable for for wider community use such as classes for fitness, crafts and other interest groups” says Blair Gerrard the Club Commodore.

    Written by Mark Orams

    Vice-patron, Torbay Sailing Club

  • Sailing Club Building Starts

    April/May 2016 is a key time for the Torbay Sailing Club as the existing 50 year old clubhouse is in the process of being demolished to make way for the the new clubrooms in preparation for the 2016/17 season. The new clubrooms have been designed by club member Tymen Tolsma from Stephensen and Turner and mark a significant  upgrade in design and functionality. Photos of proposed building are available on this site. It is a new era for the club and makes for exciting times as we move forward in such a positive way.

    The plan is to have the new club house up and running in time for the Sir Peter Blake Regatta in December – Even if it is slightly unfinished inside.

  • New Club Sponsor

    The general committee today welcomes Barfoot and Thompson as the clubs new premium sponsor. From 1 May 2016 a new sponsorship contract starts which we believe is going to be very beneficial to the club long term.

    The contract covers annual expenses for the club as well as sponsorship of the Junior A Course on the Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta, our flagship sailing event. This new contract will allow the club to continue to grow and is also a perfect fit for the new clubrooms and the 2017 World Masters Games (of which Barfoot & Thompson are also lead sponsors).

     

  • Torbay a venue for World Master Games 2017

    Torbay gets the official nod to be part of the biggest sporting event on the planet in 2017. The World Master Games.

    Torbay will officially host the sailing component of the  games which is expected to have over 25,000 competitors.

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  • Torbay to host the 2016 PT Nationals

    We are pleased to announce the PT nationals are coming to the club.Regatta_12-12 558

  • Blake Regatta Club promotion

    The General Committee has approved funds to to create a special feature within the club. An area dedicated to the Sir Peter Blake Regatta. After several comments from external people about the lack of awareness and promotion of this flagship event  its great to see this plan come to life. We will be creating three mounted changeable frames to hold race bibs and memorabilia if the event and also a special SPBTR cup winners board to sort alongside the cup itself.BLAKECUP image

  • 2017 Masters Games

    The team behind the 2017 Masters Games proposal are confident of the clubs position.
    Michelle, Ross, Tymen and Ian have worked really hard behind the scenes to make this happen.
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Some great footage of World Masters Games 2017 Day 2... ... See MoreSee Less

Enjoy the video highlights of Day 2 of the World Masters Games 2017 Sailing at Torbay Sailing Club Barfoot & Thompson Barfoot & Thompson Torbay Barfoot & Thompson, Browns Bay Volvo Car New Zealand Sealegs Kiwi Yachting PIC Insurance Brokers New Zealand Laser Association Weta Trimarans Kerry Logistics

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Torbay Sailing Club shared Torbay Sailing Club - World Masters Games 2017 Sailing's World Masters Games 2017 - Sailing Day 2. ... See MoreSee Less

Enjoy the video highlights of Day 2 of the World Masters Games 2017 Sailing at Torbay Sailing Club Barfoot & Thompson Barfoot & Thompson Torbay Barfoot & Thompson, Browns Bay Volvo Car New Zealand Sealegs Kiwi Yachting PIC Insurance Brokers New Zealand Laser Association Weta Trimarans Kerry Logistics

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Sailing at World Masters Games 2017 is the most competitive ever, the regatta at Torbay on Auckland’s North Shore drawing more than 200 sailors from 13 countries , including Olympic Medallists, multiple world champions, America’s Cup winners and relative newcomers unafraid of taking on a challenge of a lifetime – Murray Rae, Peter Lester, Chris Sharpe, Scott Leith, Rex Sellers and more.

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The beautiful Tor and Rangitoto Island from Waiake looking splendid at dusk on the eve of the World Masters Games 2017 Sailing Welcome and Blessing at Torbay Sailing Club. Good luck to all Laser and Weta competitors today, enjoy yourselves out there.

1 week ago  ·  

Wow! What a wonderful Welcome/ Blessing and Sailing Opening Ceremony.
We are very lucky to have a wonderful group of members in our "little club with a big heart"and the support of an amazing group of 200 volunteers from clubs across the country to host the Sailing of the World Masters Games 2017 over the coming week.

Thank you to all of those on the Volunteers Team - you are doing an amazing job. We could not do it without you.
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World Masters Games 2017 Sailing Opening and Blessing at Torbay Sailing Club this evening. There is a real buzz of excitement in the air with the sailing competition starting tomorrow.

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The Sailing for the World Masters Games 2017 is officially opened with the formal Sailing Welcome to all competitors and supporters. Racing starts tomorrow... ... See MoreSee Less

Sailing Opening Ceremony and Blessing of the World Masters Games 2017 at Torbay Sailing Club this evening. Racing commences tomorrow...Good luck to all competitors. Barfoot & Thompson Barfoot & Thompson Torbay Barfoot & Thompson, Browns Bay

1 week ago  ·  

Congratulations to Sean Herbert who not only took out 1st place at the 2017 Starling Nationals, but also got 1st place in the Traveller Series, 1st U16 Starling Sailor and 1st wooden boat.
Our other Torbay Sailors did really well out of a fleet of 95 sailors
Harrison Baker 14th
Jayden Abbott 15th
Ryan Harden 19th
Charlie Loughran 27th
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2 weeks ago  ·  

The WMG set up has begun... ... See MoreSee Less

Magic day at Torbay for phase 1 of WMG set up. Marquees are up, PSA Charter Boats arrived safely. A big welcome to those that have arrived in Auckland today. FUNCTION TICKET REMINDER: Please pre-purchase your function tickets on the WMG Sailing App now as we need numbers by Friday. Barfoot & Thompson Barfoot & Thompson, Browns Bay Barfoot & Thompson Torbay Volvo Car New Zealand Kerry Logistics Kiwi Yachting

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