Pegasus Radio Sailing Club formed in 2018 and is based on Lake Pegasus in Waimakariri District, north of Kaiapoi, South Island, New Zealand. Lake Pegasus covers 18 hectares, is 500 metres long and varies between 100 and 200 metres wide providing 3.5 km of foreshore with five areas we can sail from, depending on the wind. Nearly 50 members are friends enjoying the challenges and satisfaction of radio sailing. They are always keen to share their knowledge and respond to interest shown by passers-by or enquiries through the website.
Our Club and members own over 70 radio yachts across 14 designs – Canterbury J; IOM; EC12; DF95 and 65; Laser RC; Marblehead; Ten Rater and A Class; Mini 40; Fairwind and Sailwind and 6 Pegasus 880 yachts for public, school and business “Have a Go” events as well as challenges within the club and against other radio yachting clubs.
The annual Activities Program operates mainly for IOMs and DF 95 class racing on Sundays for the Club’s Championship Series, Medal Days, a Founders Day and the Members’ Memorial Day with prizes to recognise performance and improvement. In-between are Club Sailing Days for which members can create their own focus.
During the week, DF 95 owners enjoy Wednesday Twilight Racing, and Thursday Sailing is offered to members and prospective members for – getting to know radio sailing – building confidence in boat handling (on and off the water), – gaining knowledge and experience of the rules, – or simply experiencing the pure joy of sailing a radio-controlled yacht.
Another special feature of the club is the Impromptu Sailing that happens any day when members look out over the lake, at any time of the week, check the weather, and WhatsApp other members to put a few buoys out and test each other’s wit and wisdom. Aspiring competitive skippers often create opportunities together to tune their yachts and improve their yacht handling skills.
With our distinctive trailer, well managed resources and capable administration, we offer all skippers support and fellowship: for those new to radio sailing, to those aiming for competitive success, and for all interests in between. The Club encourages its skippers of all abilities to reach for their aspirations, and to get the most out of their time with each other as well as their boat. At the same time, the wellbeing and progress of PRSC is enhanced by the special and varied skills and knowledge which every member brings to the Club.
On the continuum, members can take up opportunities to learn to sail and enjoy their boats, to whatever level they wish. It might be to simply launch their boat from the peaceful shores of Lake Pegasus and relax away from life’s pressures by themselves, or in the company of friends, or to compete locally, nationally and internationally.
PRSC has also gained a reputation for excellence in running events on our home water. These might be to bring radio sailors together from other clubs socially, or for workshops, or for full blown championship regattas attracting accomplished radio yachties from New Zealand, and overseas.
In celebration of each year, in December, our Club closes with a Prize Giving to acknowledge our members’ achievement and excellence through the year.