Auckland Sailing Club
10 Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay
PO Box 2659, Shortland Street, Auckland
Phone: 64 9 524 0650
info@ascskiff.org.nz
Club History

October 1963   -  A Special Message

‘Do not read this unless you are interested in yachting and the welfare of the younger yachting fraternity of Auckland!

The Auckland 18 Footer Flying Squadron and the ‘Q’ Class 12ft skiff Association have recognised the dire need in Auckland for a home for small boat racing and to this end these two bodies have amalgamated and formed the Auckland Sailing Club. The club is now responsible for all of the local, national and international racing of unrestricted 18footers and Q class 12footers. We also welcome members from any class of sailing or boating individuals that require a headquarters.

The Auckland Harbour Board is generously arranging a site at Okahu Bay for our clubhouse and it is our intention to build a home to which Auckland will be proud to welcome National and International visitors.

To do this we require our supporters’ assistance and we are confident that to keep this fine spectacular racing on the harbour for our keen young yachtsmen and your own pleasure. You will give serious consideration to joining our ranks and/or donating generously to the cause’

R Stone (President)

The commodore at that time was Don Brooke.

The present clubhouse was built by volunteers and donations from members and completed in 1965.

For the next 20years the two classed kept each other going until costs killed the 18fts in the mid 80’s.

Notable yachtsmen who have competed in 12’s and 18’s  representing the ASC include World 18ft champion 1972 Don Ligdard  in ‘Smirnoff’, 1974 World Champion ‘Trawlege NZ’ Skippered by Terry McDell and in the 12foots none other than the great yachtsman Bruce Farr and Russell Bowler and well known sailmaker Tony Bouzaid.

Australia dominated skiff racing in the 70’s and 80’s and the 18’s died off in NZ. However a resurgence in the 12’s in the late 80’s saw NZ again competing successfully in the 12’s and dominating the class in the 90’s, thru Inter dominon winners such as Tim Bartlett, G Lawree, Phil Airey, G Catley Alex Vallings and Chris Skinner.

Today the ASC is almost the last bastion of the old Kiwi performance sailing classes – sponsoring 12’s, 14ft Javelins and an emerging 18ft fleet led by Graeme Catley.