THE MARINERS’ SHED
On Monday 9 April, 50 supporters of Sailability Wellington and others of the boating fraternity gathered at Seaview Marina to celebrate the launching of a boaties version of a Menz Shed which is unique in New Zealand, – and possibly anywhere in the world!
Following closely on the model of Menz Sheds, the ‘Mariners’ Shed’ insists on membership, safety, learning, and camaraderie as being overriding principles.
Sailability Wellington has expanded over the last 15 years and continues to face a demand for a larger capacity. With 24 yachts and 3 safety craft and a large array of support equipment. The storage at their venues hold the stored yachts between sailing days but until now they have not had a location where boats can be repaired and maintained under cover.
As C.E.O., Don Manning said. “There was no point in having a shed just for Sailability, where with a little more organisation, others in the boating fraternity can join up as members and have access to a well equipped workshop”.
The ‘Mariners’ Shed’ is shared by the Southern Cross Fishing , run by Tony Muollo and his crew, who add a fishing dimension and have enabled Sailability to stretch to be able to access such a good place close to other marine activities.
The shed is developing a fibre-glass station as well as places where wood work, metal work and welding can be done. As with the Menz Shed, members will need to be signed off to use each piece of equipment.
David Bassett, Deputy Mayor of Lower Hutt, spoke to the gathering iterating the support of both himself and the Mayor for the concept of the Shed and also the continued development of Sailability as part of the boating scene for people in the Hutt Valley and wider area.
All present at the launch agreed that the future for the venture looks very positive. Already several large items of equipment have been donated, but more donations are welcome, – and so are people with particular skills to pass on to others.
Eastern Hutt Inner Wheel Club held a fashion parade at Ballentynes 200 High Street, Lower Hutt on Wednesday 11th April. The adverse change in weather did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of Members and their friends from attending the event in support of Sailability Wellington. Before an audience of just over 80 people the models took to the red carpet to show the vast range of autumn clothing ranging from denim wear, casual wear, day wear and formal wear.
To start the evening Eleonore van der Reyden gave an informative talk about the benefits of Sailability for both the participants and families.
The evening was a huge success and lots of fun for both the models and the audience.
Eastern Hutt Inner Wheel Club celebrates 38 years of friendship and community service this month – April 2018.