| Hillary Commision
Community Sports Fund
17 Penning Rd, Milford, NORTH SHORE CITY 0620
Telephone: (hm) (09) 410 7752 (wk) (09) 255 2201
To promote and foster sailing activities in Auckland for Blind & Vision Impaired people, and to disseminate information about the Club and other affiliated VIP Sailing Club's.
To be affiliated to Blind Sailing
And the to Ponsonby Cruising Club Inc
·To Further the training and instructional programs of the Club
To provide a range of opportunities of social interaction amongst member's of the Club
The NZ Council for Sailing for the Blind & Vision Impaired Incorporated
The Royal NZ Yacht Squadron
Blind Sport NZ
South Auckland Community Trust
Auckland City Council
North Shore City Council
Auckland Rotary Club
Westhaven Marina Assn
A Foster's & Co
Burnsco Marine & Leisure
North Sails Ltd
Nordic Marketing & Solutions
Blind Sailing NZTM
The Ponsonby Cruising Club
Royal NZ Coastguard-Northern Region
Our small sailing club was formed in April 1989, to provide, both recreational & competitive sailing to satisfy the need's of Auckland's blind and partially sighted community.
This Club is for those who wish
to experience the joys of sailing,
Learning to sail.
The sailing club was formed in 1988 to provide both recreational and competitive sailing to satisfy the needs of Auckland's blind and partially sighted community.
The first sailing trips for the newly formed club, were taken from Torpedo Bay, Devonport, North Shore. The club was then allowed to use the Navy's, crown dinghies on weekends. As interest grew and club member's wanted to stay out longer on the water the Club then purchased it's first 20ft, Ventura trailer sailor yacht, BAD HABIT, followed soon afterward's by a second, yacht VENDACE.
Thus began the formation of our new club, formed as a separate business entity, operating under it's own constitution and first named,
The Vision Impaired Person's Sailing Club (Auckland Inc).
The Club is now known as the
The yacht is moored at Westhaven Marina, Pier Xi01 (I=inlet), in St Mary's Bay, Westhaven, through the generosity of Auckland City Councils, Westhaven Marina Assn. This mooring provides an ideal centralized location, which is easy for Blind & partially sighted people to access by private car, bus, taxi, train or foot, especially from the centre of the city, from the downtown area.
Any person with adequate sailing experience may use or come out in the yacht depending on their circumstances. The Cub provides recognized sailing skipper's (instructors), certified to the Royal NZ Coastguard & Yachting NZ standards, as well as, sighted crew.
Prospective Blind & Vision Impaired members will have a trip to see if they like sailing, before joining the Club and paying
the modest Annual Subscription
Any Blind member, volunteer or
non-member can venture out on our yacht for the day and enjoy
sailing with our club member's.
Everyone is encouraged to take
part in all aspects of their sailing trip, Including
Our yacht departs from Westhaven
Marina "V" gate. Just walk Eastward down the ramp and
along the pier pontoon for approximately one & three-quarter
(1 3/4) minutes, (100 metres), passing "V" & "W"
pier's until you reach the end of the pontoon, then turn 90o
degrees and walk Northwards for about six (6) seconds, six (6)
metres and our yacht, "Green Pepper", is on the right
at Xi01 pier (i = Inlet).
When going sailing
The Club is also involved in
the Auckland Clubs racing scene on the beautiful Waitemata Harbour
& Hauraki Gulf and we generally race with the following Yacht
Clubs. All results from racing can be sourced from these Club
Please, when coming sailing with
the Club, especially if you are using a taxi, let the driver
know the direction and exact location by printing this Page (map)
or using your own map. The location is: -
The Club has given many people,
especially blind and vision impaired the opportunity to taste
the fun and skill of sailing out on Auckland's, lovely Waitemata
harbour, which provides an exhilarating and challenging playground.
We have enjoyed also watching some of our previous member's achieving
their goals of reaching the very pinnacle of sailing success.
Our NZ, B1 International sailing team winning three (3) World
Championship gold medals, the B2's winning six (6) gold's and
the B3's win one (1) gold. Overall seeing NZ win five (5) out
of seven (7)-world championships and runners up in 1997 &
2002. The world championship's are held, approximately every
three (3) years in one of many countries, the latter so far being
held in , NEW ZEALAND (Auckland), AUSTRALIA (Fremantle, Perth),
ENGLAND (Weymouth), USA (Miami), ITALY (Lake Garda), USA (Rhode
Island, New York), NEW ZEALAND (Rotorua), where, approximately
up to eighteen (18) countries being involved. The last World
Sailing Championships were held in March 2009, at Rotorua, New
Zealand. The B1 team won silver, the B2's won gold & the
B3's won silver, thus winning the series championship trophy,
as well. The next World Championships are to be held in Japan
These are their respective sight
categories for each division,
On board the yacht, there is
at least a minimum of four (4) people in a typical crew.
On the 24th of April 2003, the Club purchased a new yacht, called Green Pepper. It is a Farr Horizon 727 Keeler, racer / cruiser. A racing yacht adapted to cruising and is twenty-four foot (24ft) in length.
The future is now to set up a sailing cruising & racing program based around our yacht, whereby every weekend will be programmed for the year. One weekend will be devoted to cruising while the other to racing and every so often we will take a two (2) to three (3) day excursion cruise in the Hauraki Gulf.
In due course the Club will endeavour
to set up sail training workshops through out the year. Using
Green Pepper as the training vessel and the Ponsonby Cruising
Club as our class room, trainees will be put through four (4)
stages of Club certification, (introduction, Confident Sailor,
Sailor & Seamanship), over a period of five (5) years. The
programs will be modeled around the Day Skipper and Boatmaster
courses run by the Coastguard, with fully qualified instructors.
There will also be room to allow for club members to apply for
NCEA Accreditation, as well.
Maintenance of our Clubs yacht
is generally carried out at Orams Marine Boatyard every two years
and the yard is situated just across from our boats mooring.
The main focus of each maintenance haulout is to clean &
repaint our yachts bottom with special paint to stop marine growth
from attaching & growing on her bottom and we also wash her
bottom with a water blaster on the floating Dock, monthly.