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17th March 2021


Youth and Community Fishing 
Held Saturday 13th March

This year’s Youth and Community event was a resounding success with the weather playing its part., as well as the 20 participants having an amazing time.


There was a vast amount of fish caught by the participants, including some really good fights and sporting catches.


In addition, the helicopter flew 11 times and took all the participants as well as many of the volunteers and supporters.  I know a few missed out this year, and like those who missed out last year, you will be given priority next year.


Over 60 volunteers from the club contributed to the success of this event from our commodore through to individual members giving up time to support traffic management and launching, filleting fish, cooking breakfast and lunch, running the tower and just helping out. That is a testament to the strong family and community-focused culture of this club. As a main committee member, I am proud of our club's efforts as were my colleagues on the organising team.


The committee have received so much appreciative and positive feedback from members and participants, and are highly motivated to continue the event next year.


Thanks again to our principal club sponsors, financial supporters through donations and everyone who worked to make this fantastic day special for everyone.


Steve Watson


On a recent sting carried out by the WBC Commodore, we have ascertained that there are people using our tractors that are not boat club members (visitors over the weekends or here on holiday) and some crew members of member’s boats who have not been through the tractor training.

We have recently had an instance where a member used a tractor that had been put away with a sign on it not to use, as the front carriage pin had become dislodged resulting in the whole front end of the tractor becoming very unsafe and difficult to steer.  This situation put the tractor at risk of more damage, the driver at risk, and members of the public at risk. He was told by a committee member not to use the tractor but did so anyway.  He would have been in the water faster had he shown a bit more patience as the committee member was in the process of launching boats.  That tractor was repaired about an hour later. 
Tractor abuse will not be tolerated.
All boat club members please ensure that your tag is attached to your trailer near or on the winch stem. We will be checking over the next month that this is happening.

 As at the 1st of April…………NO TAG NO TRACTOR.

We have also been reviewing tractor use from an Insurance and liability aspect. To this, we will be sending boat-owning members a contract agreement that will have to be signed and returned to the club.
This contract will be in force from 1st May.    
We will also be collecting your boat and contact information to update the tower database.


We have some 375 boat-owning members and growing, we now need to tighten up our liabilities from the club's point of view,  the tractors, as you know, are operating on Council land (the Ramp) and technically a public road ( the beach).

WBC Committee.

It all started early in 2020, an email went out requesting volunteers to become course marshalls the Americas Cup,
Rob Berry was one of the near 600 people who put their name forward and he was lucky enough to be one of 150 people picked to progress forward, the original plan was that training on the boats and in the classroom would take place throughout the year, then Covid-19 arrived and all things that were planned were shelved, so instead of 9 -10 months of training, it was compressed into 2 1/2 months, Rob was traveling nearly every other week to Auckland for training on the boats that are going to be gifted to Coastguard NZ, and also with the Auckland maritime police on how to manage possible unruly spectators, Rob was designated as a Skipper for the 9mtr protectors.

Phone 027-247-7578
The Galley
For all bookings, takeaways or catering options please phone or text the team
Ngakau Tatana with her monster Kahawai @ 3.08kg
Jo Coolen 
Owner Operator
Ph: +64 4 296 1990
Kapiti Coast
11 Amohia St, Kapiti Lights, PO Box 313
Parapararumu, New Zealand
Mobile: 021-137-8876  Tel: 04-902-5228

P O Box 83

Paraparaumu 5254

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Phone: 027 769 2249

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