About MCC & Club History

Milford Cruising Club is a sailing and boat club located on the Wairau Estuary on Auckland’s North Shore. Our convenient location has easy access to some of the best sailing waters Auckland has to offer. This makes MCC a popular choice for local boaties.

The MCC has two Divisions. One that caters for the keen sailing enthusiasts who wish to use all the extras a membership at MCC offers. The other caters for those that only require certain facilities. As well as yacht owners, we also have a large membership of launch owners, without whom the yachting division would be lost for mark boats. After most races, everyone heads ashore for a BBQ and also to “resail” the race.

Our membership currently stands at around 400. MCC membership offers many benefits to Families and Individuals as well as Corporate Companies and members also enjoy a strong sailing community with regular Races and Social Events.

Club History

The inaugural meeting of the Milford Cruising Club Incorporated was held in Mr Gee’s Tearooms on 11th December 1923. An enthusiastic group met and the first Commodore was appointed, Mr Warbrick, who won the election on the toss of a coin! The Club bought an old house for fifty pounds in 1924 and moved it to the Wairau Estuary.

The present Clubhouse was built on site in 1970 and since then has had three additions. The most recent addition was a major renovation of the Clubhouse which was completed in 1994. We have held several major yachting championships in the 1980’s and 90’s with the 470’s and Lasers, and the World Europe Class Championships in 1995.

The Club has come a long way in over 70 years and nowadays boasts its own excellent slipway, spread over two sections backing onto Wairau Estuary.  In the 1960’s, the emphasis was on centreboard dinghies, with up to 60 boats racing off Castor Bay Beach Every weekend. As the junior members got older, they bought or built keelers and so in the 1970’s the Club moved to larger yachts and family cruising passage races, which are still popular today.

Our Club Historian

Bill Heathwaite is our Club Historian and is compiling stories and photos about the MCC as we approach our 100th Anniversary. If you can assist Bill by providing source material or background to the pictures in our gallery below it would be most appreciated. Please email the club with your photos and stories.

Historic Photos