The Oldest Yacht Club in New Zealand

Being as how Tasman Bay is so close and accessible to anyone living in Nelson, its natural that water sports and activities would be high on the agenda of anyone nautically inclined.

Taking pride of place on the waterfront across from “The Cut” is the Nelson Yacht Club.  And yes, being formed in 1857 makes it New Zealand’s Oldest Yacht Club.

It’s a vibrant Yacht Club with an active membership of about 300, located on the beautiful waterfront within the harbour, inside the Boulder Bank at Nelson.

While primarily a dingy club, the club also runs some racing for keelers and trailer sailers.

As the club says…..

A majority of our racing takes place outside of the Harbour and can be viewed from the hillside behind the club.  Our Learn to sail and Junior fleets sail within the safe confines of the harbour and are able to be viewed from the club, or anywhere along the Nelson Waterfront.

Nelson Yacht ClubThe club’s membership ranges from young new recruits through to our more senior members who have long ties with our club and lots of good stories to tell.

The sailing in Nelson is second to none. Nelson being New Zealand’s sunniest city, we also enjoy (ED – I say practically daily) strong and consistent sea breezes from the northwest, with the occasional blow from the south to keep us on our toes.

Last year the club celebrated its 150th anniversary and TV One’s Breakfast program aired live from the Club.

Since 2006, the club has also been actively involved with Sailability. Sailability is an organisation facilitating sailing for everyone, regardless of age or ability.