Yacht club demolished after irreparable Christchurch earthquake damage

Pleasant Point YC after the February Earthquake - April 2011
Earthquake damaged Pleasant Point Yacht Club was demolished last week.

Pleasant Point Yacht Club under demolition. Christchurch Press
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It is the second yacht club building to be demolished February 2011 earthquake. Earlier a boatshed belonging to the Christchurch Yacht Club was demolished.

Both clubs are located in the Christchurch Estuary which borders some of the worst damage and liquefaction from the earthquakes that have struck the region.

There has been a club on the Pleasant Point site for 90 years. The club sustained some damage after the September 2010 earthquake and after that may have been possible to rebuild. However after the second major earthquake in February 2011 in which 300 people lost their lives, the Club and surrounding land suffered major damage and was irreparable.

At high tide the club was now flooded, and impossible to be restored.

An insurance settlement is believed to have been made, however there is no plan in place for new premises, and it may well be that there may be some rationalisation of facilities on the Estuary between the three clubs that currently sail on the body of water, along with other marine sports groups.

Christchurch Yacht Club storage shed - demolition walls down roof on the deck
Nick Richardson

The Christchurch Press reports:

Club treasurer Jocelyn Humphreys said although the club wanted the building pulled down, the loss was 'very sad'.

'We've been there since 1921, and continuously sailing since then,' she said.

The club was to begin anniversary celebrations the day after the September quake, but instead spent the time salvaging equipment and memorabilia.

Christchurch yacht clubs had come to its aid by sharing facilities, until the February quake stopped all sailing on the Avon-Heathcote Estuary, Humphreys said.

'We're waiting now to know what's going to happen with the Estuary. A lot of investigation needs to go on as to what changes have been made to the bed of the Estuary, where the channels are now and where the deep water is.'

The 140-year-old Woolston Community Library was also pulled down today, after volunteers removed hundreds of books before demolition crews moved in.
Club treasurer Jocelyn Humphreys said although the club wanted the building pulled down, the loss was 'very sad'.

'We've been there since 1921, and continuously sailing since then,' she said.

The club was to begin anniversary celebrations the day after the September quake, but instead spent the time salvaging equipment and memorabilia.

Christchurch yacht clubs had come to its aid by sharing facilities, until the February quake stopped all sailing on the Avon-Heathcote Estuary, Humphreys said.

'We're waiting now to know what's going to happen with the Estuary. A lot of investigation needs to go on as to what changes have been made to the bed of the Estuary, where the channels are now and where the deep water is.'


The high tide line Pleasant Point YC after the February earthquake - April 2011

Pleasant Point YC after the February Earthquake - April 2011

Grey, silt floor - Pleasant Point YC after the February earthquake - April 2011

Badly cracked and unstable ground, Pleasant Point YC after the February earthquake - April 2011

IMG 0007 - 2011-05-14 at 10-11-39 - Christchurch Earthquake damage - April 2011

Pleasant Point YC interior - subject to flooding every high tide after the February 2011 earthquake

Pleasant Point YC after the February Earthquake - April 2011

Pleasant Point YC after the February Earthquake - April 2011

Badly cracked and unstable ground, Pleasant Point YC after the February earthquake - April 2011

Concrete launch ramp cracks - Pleasant Point YC after the February earthquake - April 2011

RSA offices demolished in cliff collapse at Sumner around the corner from the Estuary - April 2011

Naval Point Yacht Club - Christchurch April 2011. Some rocks from the cliff behind fell during the earthquake. Since then abseilers have removed as much rock again as a preventative measure. The Club suffered only slight damage in all three earthquakes