We are pleased to announce that we have bought a third keelboat for Wellington Ocean Sports. This investment will allow WOS to meet the significant demand for learn to sail, racing, and cruising courses.
The yacht is “Good Point”, a Whiting 29. Until recently, she was used as a training yacht by a sailing school in Lyttelton. She was built in Wellington by Peter Sutton and launched into RPNYC’s fleet.
Peter named her “Pugwash” and she’ll return to her original name over the next couple of weeks. She’ll live on a mooring in Clyde Quay, immediately in front of WOS.
Last season saw demand for sailing courses far exceed our ability to deliver, leaving us with a number of disappointed customers. Demand for courses this season is already running ahead of last year’s demand.
Pugwash will allow us to meet that demand. As a cruising yacht, we’ll use her to run our cruising focused courses, leaving the two Muirs available for learn to sail and racing courses. This will allow us to deliver more courses, while also offering an improved cruising course on a proper cruising yacht. Pugwash will also contribute to an improved financial result for WOS.
We have also appointed two new instructors, bringing our pool of talented keelboat instructors to six. These extra hands will help us to get the most of our keelboat fleet.
It will take us a few weeks to have Pugwash ready to operate. When she’s ready, we’d love to introduce her to you and formally change her name back to Pugwash. Please keep an eye out for an event in the calendar sometime soon.
If you have any questions, or would like to know more, please speak with WOS Manager Craig Ryburn, Commodore Pedro Morgan, Vice-Commodore James Snowdon, or WOS Management Committee member John Floyd. They’d all be very happy to help.