The Auld Mug and the Minister of Sport, Grant Robertson, will be on hand when the new all-tide jetty will be opened at the Sailability Wellington Trust and Titahi Bay Boating Club's premises on Porirua Harbour later this month.
The jetty was conceived and designed by the trustees of Sailability Wellington and built at a cost of $250,000, with all money raised by the trust without government or council assistance. Community and gaming trusts supplied most of it.
Sailability Wellington operate five days a week and have three bases, 190 sailors and more than 70 volunteers. They take people with all sorts of abilities and disabilities on the water to enable them to enjoy the sport of sailing.
The members of Sailability Wellington Club each sail within their own ability, often to learn to both sail solo and to race. While the number of sailors may seem big, the trust still have a waiting list of nearly 90 potential sailors. Their catchment includes all of the Wellington region stretching up to Horowhenua.
A regatta is being held to mark the event on November 18 and the America's Cup trophy will be on display at the Titahi Bay Boating Club at Onepoto from noon on the day of the opening.
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