Welcome to Wattle Farm Sailing with Northern Maritime Model Society
NMMS HISTORY NMMS (Northern Maritime Model Society) was incorporated in 1969, sailing Marbleheads initially for many years, along with powered models such as tugs. (Powered model boats still race at Wattle Farm on Sunday mornings). The sailing fleet migrated primarily to IOM designs in the early 90’s, although Radio Marbleheads still visit as part of their rotating “Traveller” Series.
The Wattle Farm lakes were established in the 1960’s, converted from the old settling ponds to a fresh water cleansing system to take the silt from the runoff in the surrounding streams before it is released into the harbour. The main lake is between 600mm deep at the jetty end, to 1.6m at the far end by the tide gate. The water in this lake is brackish, initially being filled at high tide from the Manukau Harbour, then becoming more and more fresh as the stream runoff flows in and dilutes the mix. The lake is drained and refilled 2-3 times a year to control weed, mangroves etc, and to allow maintenance on the tide gate. (Jan 2019 - At present the main lake is drained while the council figure out how to combat an Algae explosion that has made the lake unsailable. Feb 2019 - Lake was filled with salt water and algae has died down a bit. Weekly sailing has again commenced on the big lake.)
The second lake has recently been scraped and re-profiled by the local council, and a larger area on the centre causeway created. While this work was carried out both lakes were drained, and the club relocated sailing to the Onehunga Basin for 2 years. Now that a second “sailable” body of water has been created, the aim is to introduce other classes to broaden the fleets.
Wattle Farm Sailing and NMMS would like to acknowledge the support of the Auckland Council in the provision of facilities for a first class radio sailing venue in Auckland. Although the main lake is out of commission until the Council rectify algae issues introduced by the recent groundworks, we are hopeful to have use again shortly.