Royal Akarana Yacht Club joining forces in new marine sports centre

Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust chairman Mark Taylor, general manager Andrew Brookland and trustee Matt Woodley ...
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Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust chairman Mark Taylor, general manager Andrew Brookland and trustee Matt Woodley said the construction of the new marine sports centre would start early in March.

A wrecking ball will strike through the walls of an historic Auckland yacht club to make way for a $13 million centre.

The Royal Akarana Yacht Club (RAYC) rooms will be replaced with the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre (HMSC) in Auckland's Okahu Bay.

It marks the end of an era for the RAYC, but the club will sail on, taking up space in the new centre.

The final design for the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre, to be built at The Landing in Auckland's Okahu Bay.
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The final design for the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre, to be built at The Landing in Auckland's Okahu Bay.

The club started in 1895 and has operated from the club rooms in Okahu Bay since 1952.

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The HMSC is expected to be completed in 2018 and will house a range of clubs and will be a multi-sport facility.

It will include more than 800sqm of training and educational areas and event spaces capable of hosting more than 300 people.

The Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust (AMSCT) is the governance body behind the HMSC, which will be funded by Auckland Council and a range of sponsors.

AMSCT trustee Matt Woodley said the trust's mission was to provide sports education, recreation and leisure facilities.

The first stage $10m stage of the HMSC includes the demolition of the RAYC, the building of the exterior of the centre, and construction and development of the ground floor facilities including a public cafe and boat storage.

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AMSCT chairman Mark Taylor said support would be needed to meet the $3m shortfall required for the second stage which would include a first floor fitout, a gym and administration offices.

"In addition to securing the remaining funding we're looking for volunteering support for the centre," Taylor said.

AMSCT general manager Andrew Brookland said the "hard work" would start for the RAYC in 2018 when the new centre would be up and running.

"To see our old club rooms come down will be sad, but the new sports centre will be a major improvement for the community and for our club," Brookland said.

Orakei Local Board deputy chair Kit Parkinson said the new marine sports centre would be an ideal place for young people to learn to sail.

RAYC has relocated to temporary facilities in Okahu Bay.

 - Stuff.co.nz

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