Pigeon Bay Boating Club

On Saturday March 29th another successful Matariki Regatta was held at the PBBC.  Twenty four boats sailed around from Lyttleton and 4 Young 88’s made it over from Akaroa.  The wind was predicted to be very light for the race but the predictions proved wrong and the first boat crossed the line soon after 2pm.   All the racing yachts finished within 14 minutes of each other which was a first for Matariki.   There were many happy faces due to the good breeze and it was an awesome sight seeing all the boats coming down the bay.  A sausage sizzle kick started the onshore activities and the crew from All Fired Up provided the entertainment with an assortment of games that were hotly contested by crews and landlubbers.    A huge effort from the PBBC team made sure everyone was fed and watered during the night and again at breakfast time on Sunday as well as being safely taxied to and fro from their boats.  Many thanks go to NPCL for their committed support towards this annual regatta and to the PBBC members who gave a helping hand to make it run smoothly and successfully 🙂

Here they all come.

Here they all come.

Time for a well deserved drink.

Time for a well deserved drink.






Taxi anyone?

Taxi anyone?


3 legged race.


Winners of the singing competition. Shirts optional.



Oh what a night!!  Despite the threat of heavy rain for the evening many turned out to trip the light fantastic on the sprung floor of the Pigeon Bay Community Hall.  All ages were represented and had a great time mingling together on and off the dance floor.  The DJ played many old hits from some classic vinyls.  It was obvious that many op shops had been raided and everyone had gotten into the spirit of the night.  The supper was to die for and I doubt anyone went home hungry afterwards.  Many thanks must go to Brenda Graham for her superb organisation of the Op Shop Ball.  She had an idea and ran with it right to the end and it was well worth the effort.  Enjoy the photos.

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HELP HELP HELP.  If you can help us with our biggest event of the year, The Matariki Race, please contact Angela, ph 03 358 9556 or email bob_n@clear.net.nz.

The big boats from Lyttleton sail to our club on  Saturday 29th March.  We provide hospitality for the afternoon, evening and Sunday morning.  More details about the event will be posted at a later date.  But it will be all hands on deck for the weekend and many hands make light work 🙂  Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Angela Nicholls

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Calling all Life Members, members, supporters and friends of the PBBC.  Please join us for our Life Members Day, Saturday March 15th, to help celebrate these wonderful people who have contributed so much to our club over the 52 years we have been running.  Life Members have been and some still are part of the backbone to PBBC.  Their support and contributions over the years have been greatly appreciated by current members and users of the club.  So lets have a day of sailing and a ball to help mark this day.  Oops and of course an afternoon tea as well (members please bring a plate).

There are still tickets ( $10) available for the Op Shop Ball to be held that night from 7:30pm at the Pigeon Bay  Hall.  The only requirements are that you wear something from an op shop (2nd hand clothing store), bring your own nibbles, plate of supper to share,  drink and drinking vessel.  Then get down and boogie away in good ole PBBC style.  Remember the only way to have fun is to make it yourself so let’s have lots of it that night.  Contact Brenda for tickets: ph 027 4814248,  03 382 4248  or email: brendawitch56@gmail.com


As I write this we are having a “once in  50 years”  weather event at the beginning of autumn.  Hmm, feels like we have skipped autumn and rushed into winter!  I hope that anyone who has a boat in Lyttleton has not suffered too badly.  We need you guys for Matariki!  More on that in another post.

So far this year we have had a couple of club weekends and two major regattas, Old Salts and Paper Tiger Canterbury Champs.  The Old Salts had 23 boats and it was the best sailing conditions that anyone could remember at the bay.  And that’s saying something considering there were a lot of old memory holders there 🙂 .  The dinner was yummy, thank you Brenda and the quiz night  was a great success thanks to wonderful organisers Nikki and Vincent.  Peter Bain and his Ashburton team were clear winners.  A lot of fun was had by all.  Results are here:Old Salts Results 2014.updateddoc

The Canterbury Paper Tigers recently held their champs at the bay.  They had a great turnout of 9 cats.  Six of them were visitors to the club with three of them here at PBBC for the first time.   The results of that weekend were Bob Nicholls coming in 1st place and Harry Dawber close behind in 2nd place.  Well done guys and we hope to see you all back again.



Then check this out

OP Shop Ball Poster


How about that?  The PBBC certainly hopes you can make it.  Never been to an op shop?  Well now is your chance to do so. And guess what?  The clothes are real cheap in those shops so you can probably afford a few outfits and change often during the night.  Trust me stranger things have happened in that hall over the years! Tickets are limited so you had better get hold of Brenda real fast.  And she is one quick chick so don’t dilly dally or you will miss out on what could be (most probably will be) the biggest night of the year for the bay.

In case you haven’t realised this ball coincides with Life Member’s Day.  It’s a double whammy!  Sail and play in one day!  Who could ask for anything more?

Yes thanks to our wonderful IT lady we are up and running again.  Many bouquets of thankyous to Thysje.

So what have we been up?  Well take a look at some of these photos from Opening Day, 29th October, 2013.

It was a fairly windy day. It was wonderful to see the big boats from over yonder venture out to our bay.



The flags say it all.



Meanwhile back at the ranch food prep is underway for the afternoon tea.



And others including the OD take a quick nap.



Joy officially opens the club.



Joy was to present the Ian Smith Trophy to Thysje Arthur for all the work she has done for the club and in particular putting together the 50th Anniversary book called “Pigeon Bay Boating Club, The First 50 Years”.  However Thysje couldn’t make it so Tom accepted on her behalf.



The entertainment begins with Peter stealing the last penny out of our pockets at the Mystery Bottle Auction.


Some people were rather amazed and pleased to see what they paid big bucks for!



Day 2 was a different story and everyone managed to get out on the water.




So that was Opening Day.  A bit of a blow out but good fun nevertheless.


Christmas Regatta held over the weekend of 7th/8th December was a much more pleasanter time for sailing and offshore activities.


Commodore Bob needs a lesson on rigging the sail.



We love our rescue boat men and women.

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Time for some sailing.



The royal wave from the head honcho of the Nolan family.



So there you have it a quick update of what we’ve been up to since you have been away.  Keep looking here regularly say fortnightly or so for news on what’s been happening and what will be happening as PBBC continues to have “Fun in the Bay” for 2014.




Although not much has been seen from the public side of the site, under the hood some big changes have been made. The site has been made more secure and some enhancements have been put in place. With the help of our hosting service provider Kiwihosting Ltd.

We are now using Cloud Flare for added security. If you’re not sure what it is, google it and you’ll learn how it works. Since this became active in mid-December it has worked very well. I can monitor the site’s activity very well by logging in to my Cloud Flare account and checking the PBBC site’s Analytics.

You may be interested to know that on the 26th December we had some major hacker attempts (CoudFlare calls them Threats)  to compromise the site. Why would they? They are not after PBBC data, they are after the use of the site to gain access to other sites and/or send spam email. Effectively dealt with!

With the bustle of Christmas and the silly season over, I hope to be able to spend more time on the public side of the site.

Thank you for your patience…

We apologise! Hackers got in and deleted our site. The admin staff are working to bring it back. We hope to have a basic site functioning again soon.