WELLINGTON

Worser Bay ​​​​​​​is the home of Zephyr sailing in Wellington, with 40+ Zephyrs and the fleet still growing.

ABOUT WORSER BAY BOATING CLUB

The following is written by Tony "TC" Crew in December 2019.

Worser Bay Boating Club: A rather special club with no paid staff. We are well aware of the attitude - let's be part of it. The more effort that you put in will result in more enjoyment you get back.

We have just rebuilt the clubhouse. A big task with only 300 members (200 adults) and a $3million plus cost. This exercise brings out the best in a club. We learn the depth of skills available - from project management to hammer heads to others who looked after the catering. There was a job for everyone and a great opportunity to get to know members who sail other classes of boats. We are 99% completed and have a small overdraft to pay off.

I joined WBBC in the early 70's. Although not from a sailing family, I spent much of my teenage years motoring around the Hauraki Gulf with my uncle. I purchased a 1/2 share in a Zeddie when the class was dying out at Worser Bay. However, all my memories are of members being helpful & encouraging. Stepping up to an "R" Class as a monumental move. The group at that time sailing "R's" were probably the less desirable members of the club. But from that group, lifelong friendships have developed and as the lads matured, their behaviour improved "a little".

Today, the club offers training programmes for youths. From plastic Optis to 29ers, and race management to judges courses. Our recent Adult Learn to Sail class had over a dozen participants. 

We have enjoyed international success with our dinghy sailors, an America's Cup winner & Finn Worlds champion, and members have won National Champs every year in various classes. 

The success has been based on the club developing programmes and an attitude to encourage.