Our Club Beginnings
The Yacht Club was established in 1971 by a group of locals who had a common interest in sailing.
The Clarks Beach Yacht Club is situated on a small point projecting out into the Waiuku River and the club buildings are the last buildings on the right at the end of Torkar Road. Our facilities are adjacent to the Clarks Beach Camping Ground and next to the public reserve and Breakwater Wharf. On the far side of the public reserve is the Public concrete All Tides Boat Ramp and Trailer Parking*.
Initially the club rooms consisted of a small shed and when a bach was donated it was moved onto the site. A major extension to the club rooms was carried out by volunteers from the Club to more than double the size of the existing space and forms the main part of our club rooms and boat sheds today. We continue to develop the club facilities as needs change to accommodate local area growth.
Access in the early days was across fields until club members built access roads including one for beach access for launching club boats*.
The club members also built the original wharf and moved sand to the club beach to cover the existing mud flat and rocks. Photos of the club's development can be found in the links below.
The club's facilities are built on land leased from the Franklin District Council.
Building and projects works are acquired through fund-raising, donations, sponsorships and volunteer labour.
*As a general club policy, we allow the public to use our grounds and access road down to the clubs beach access launching facilities, all of which are maintained through the club at no public cost other than through membership fees. Emergency access way for emergency services and 'from our boat sheds for our Rescue Boats must be kept CLEAR at all times.
Clarks Beach Yacht Club - Est 1971 - Celebrating 50 plus years of sailing in our community
Old Wharf, Beach and Club buildings Circa 70s
New Wharf, Beach and Refurbished Club Buildings Photos coming (temp pict placeholder above)
CALL for information as we celebrate
50 plus years of the club
Any further information or corrections to the caption for the photos, or if you can provide good scanned photos of historical interest to the club members past & present, and the wider sailing community, would be much appreciated. Likewise any concise history of the club and its activities over the last 50 plus years.
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From The Archives - Waiau Pa School