Torbay Sailing Club Posts

  • A New Chapter for the Torbay Sailing Club

    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.


  • 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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This week is National Volunteer Week 19-24 June. Volunteers are the backbone of our sport, all club activities and regattas such as Sir Peter Blake Regatta or the Torbay Sailing Club - World Masters Games 2017 Sailing be it those involved in the administration, race management, catering, boat launching, fund raising or parent helpers everyone contributes. - thank you we couldn't do it without you!

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Torbay looking stunning on a beautiful winters day.
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Congratulations ETNZ!! Outstanding.
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Torbay Laser Team met up today for a casual sail on a winters day. Great turn out with 8 sailors on a premium day. ... See MoreSee Less

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