Wakatere and Bart's Bash
Wakatere has registered to take part in Bart’s Bash, the largest sailing event in the world. We will be racing against 587 clubs in 50 different countries and against yachts, dinghies and windsurfers.
Our club is registered on the Bart’s Bash site HERE – Wakatere BC page and you can now sign up to race on the day. Wakatere is open to any class with a centreboard.
Each club makes its own race within a 24hr period on that date and ours will be a Masonic style – one huge spectacular start line, juniors one side of the Committee boat and seniors on the other, sailing for a bash around North Head. Juniors will have a closer return mark. We will post our own Supplementary Sailing Instructions soon.
If you do race on the day, you will be racing against Ben Ainslie in a Finn, Iain Percy in a Star, Paul Goodison in a Moth, Jimmy Spithill in a Melges E-Scow and Loick Peyron in his Trimaran and probably a thousand Optimist sailors by the time race day arrives.
11:00 – Briefing and welcome in the hall
12:00 – Race start
15:00 – Special guests & auction. Barbeque & refreshments. More details to come.
By entering the race now, our club will get an idea how many people intend racing on the day. Sailors from other clubs are welcome to race at Wakatere. Register online now and pay on the day. With prior online registration completed, you can even sign on with the Committee boat afloat.
The event is to celebrate the life of AC sailor Bart Simpson and a fundraiser for the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Wakatere is asking for a donation from each person who intends to sail.
We suggest a $20 donation and all money will be forwarded to Bart’s Bash. They have also created a ‘just giving’ page which can be used to spread the word and get people to sponsor you. See HERE
It would be great if, as a club, we could rally round and support this cause whilst having Wakatere BC be one of the first clubs in the world to kick off the largest race on the water and racing against a who’s who of sailing superstars!
Markus Somerville/Isaac McHardie win bronze at ISAF Youth Worlds
Markus and Isaac have recently competed in the ISAF Youth Worldsin Tavira, Portugal, where they placed third in the 29er skiff class. In a fleet of 30 boats representing 30 nations and difficult light conditions the boys topped New Zealand's results. This event is considered the most prestigious international sailing event for youth sailors and often highlights sailors who continue into Olympic classes - which bodes well for Isaac and Markus who also won gold and silver respectively at the 2013 event. Congratulations!
2014 Youth Challenge Cup, French Bay
Wakatere BC has agreed to enter a team into a new and exciting event based at French Bay YC called the Youth Challengers Cup. This is a superb new innovative club based team event sailed in Weta Trimarans on an America’s Cup style course and is also likely to be televised. The organisers for our Club entry will be...more
Prizegiving awards for 2013-2014 season
Here are the Prestige Award winners announced last week -
Waterwise Cup Junior Sportsmanship Chris Coleman
Hughes Trophy Most Guns in Season Points Chris Coleman
Top Junior Female Cup Top Junior Female Kate Stewart
Wakatere Paddle Top Female Sailor Kate Stewart
Hayman Rosebowl Most Helpful Senior Member Simon Probert
Mabee Cup Meritorious Male Junior Markus Somerville
Yachtsman of the Year Most Meritorious Skipper Paul Snow-Hansen
WBC Commodore Award Outstanding Achievement Morag Fryer & DJ Jordan
See our new Wakatere BC Hall of Fame that has been added to the website recently for previous National title holders, Club Champs, Yachtsman/women of the Year and so on - Hall of Fame
Junior Performance Awards
Awards went to sailors 18yrs and under who have been selected for NZL representative teams to travel overseas and compete in the coming months. The list is impressive:
Kate Stewart - 420 Worlds - Germany - July 2014
Jono Weston - Optimist Europeans – Ireland – July 2014
Greta Stewart - Optimist Europeans – Ireland – July 2014
Xanthe Copeland- Optimist North American Champs – Mexico – July 2014
Jordan Stevenson - Optimist North American Champs – Mexico – July 2014
Ellie Copeland - 49er FX Europeans - Helsinki – July 2014 July; 49er FX Jnr Worlds –Denmark – July 2014; 49er FX Worlds – Spain – Sept 2014
Jack Simpson - 49er FX Europeans - Helsinki – July 2014; 49erFX Jnr Worlds – Denmark – July 2014; 49er FX Worlds - Spain – Sept 2014
Markus Somerville- 29er Youth Worlds – Portugal – July 2014
Due to regatta timing this year some juniors have recently returned from overseas -
Robbie McCutcheon - Optimist Asian Champs – Bahrain- March 2014
Tess Patterson - Optimist Asian Champs - Bahrain- March 2014
Francesco Kayrouz – All Japan Junior Regatta – Tokyo – May 2014
Celia Willison – All Japan Junior Regatta – Tokyo – May 2014
Yes we are all ‘volunteers’, but there were a handful of regular club members who stepped up and made a big difference to lives of class reps and Club committees over the past season. They were rewarded with a bottle of vino and a big applause - Neil & Kathy Wallis, Bill Macky, Ed Crook, Brent & Nicky Salter, Penny Harrison, Melissa Boshier, Ian Stewart, Alan Gibb & Bill Beasley.
Closing Day Sunday 4 May, 2014
This Sunday 4th May is the final Sunday for the Wakatere sailing season. It’s been a very successful season for sailors in all classes so it would be good to see a big turn out on Sunday.
10.30 Parent/Child Fun Racing
We’ll wrap up the Sunday morning season with a fun Parent/Child race with a few obstacles for good measure. This is for all Wakatere juniors and parents and all of our junior classes are welcome to join the fun. 10:30 briefing. Parents come dressed to get wet! If you are without a sailing parent we can probably find one for you, just speak to someone official at briefing.
Closing Day Handicap Races
12.30pm briefing for all classes with a 1.30pm start.
4.00pm Closing Day Barbeque
A whole Club barbeque for all sailors, families, partners and supporters will officially end the sailing season. Meat provided, please bring a generous salad (or similar plate) to share. Helpers needed in the kitchen! so please make a noise on the day. Bar staff already covered, thanks. This will be proceed regardless of weather.
An opportunity to return Club trophies (polished and sparkling please) to the race office this Sunday. We appreciate a prompt response to this.
There is a small mountain of lost property in the downstairs training room. Take a minute to see if you recognise anything. Last chance.
Please support our Closing Day to make this a memorable occasion.
Starling Nationals 2014
The Starling Nationals were sailed out of Whangarei Cruising Club in Parua Bay between 24-27 April. Wakatere BC had a team of nine sailors competing at the regatta which featured 115 boats and an 11 race series.
Nick Egnot-Johnson, MBSC, was the overall winner in conditions which were considered tough for both sailors and race organisers due to little wind. The top ranked sailor representing WBC/GBC was Henry Haslett who placed 5th, and close on his heels was Isaac McHardie, WBC/Hamilton, in sixth; second girl and ninth overall was Kate Stewart, WBC; and Jordan Stevenson, WBC/Sandspit, placed a creditable 11th after his recent 6th placing at the Optimist Nationals. Well done to all the sailors who took part, and many thanks to all those who supported our sailors as well as the volunteers who gave their time to run the regatta.
For full results WCC Starling Nat's results
Optimist Nationals 2014, Manly, Whangaparoa
The 2014 Optimist Nationals held over Easter was sailed in challenging conditions as a tropical cyclone played around the fringes of New Zealand. Despite the strong winds associated with the cyclone, the race management team managed to hold a successful regatta.
Congratulations to the top New Zealand sailors Scott McKenzie (KYC) first; Sam Bacon Worser Bay second; and Kerensa Jennings (MBSC) third overall and first girl. Thirty seven sailors from Wakatere took part - maybe the biggest contingent from the club to date. Jodan Stevenson from Sandspit/Wakatere placed 6th overall, and Xanthe Copeland placed 10th overall and second female - well done, and also to all those who took part in an exciting regatta. Also well placed in the 160 boat fleet were Jonathon Weston 13th, Greta Stewart 19th, Robbie McCutcheon 21st, and Francesco Kayrouz 51st - all of whom competed in the gold division of the Open fleet.
Approximately 22 Wakatere sailors competed in the 114 boat Green fleet regatta. This division is for the less experienced sailor who is still learning to race, however in a fleet of this size and strong winds they will have found themselves needing to draw on all their resources to make it around the race track - well done!!
We look forward to posting a more in depth report from the Wakatere optimist sailors in the near future.
FULL RESULTS for both Open and Green fleet go to the NZIODA dedicated website
For a final roundup of the regatta as well as some photos go to Sail-World
For some more photographs taken at the regatta go to gnomeplanet
Launching of the new 'Ted Frankham'
Commodore Craig Smith congratulated Ted Frankham on celebrating his significant contribution to the club with the launch of a new centre console RIB funded by ASB Community Trust. Ted approached the club 10 years ago about becoming involved as a volunteer with club activities. He has since been a regular on the committee boat for Sunday afternoon sailing and regattas, as well as a valuable and integral part of our club community.
Wakatere BC Funding
Sunday Morning 6th April
There are NO Sunday morning sailing activities at the club this Sunday. This is due to the Weetbix Tryathlon at Narrowneck.
Club Champs 6th April
It’s Day 3 Club Champs and yes we need our ‘save date’. Not enough breeze the last 2 weekends so it’s all down to this Sunday. A minimum of 3 races are required to constitute a Club Championship series, so this is it. We have had a big turn-out the last few weeks, fingers crossed we can get this underway this Sunday.
LATER START TIME - Due to the Weetbix event we have delayed the briefing & start time by 30 mins. to allow for any residual traffic congestion. Note the Weetbix is an early morning event and despite the scary signs on Lake Rd, the roads usually re-open earlier than advertised.
· 1.00pm Briefing
· 2.00pm Start Time
Alister Deaves wins OK Dinghy Turangi Open regatta
21 OK sailors from around the country attended an international regatta at Turang recently. Wakatere was well represented, and Alister Deaves came away the winner - for a full report, photos and results go to: yachtingnz.org.nz/news/201404/201314-ok-dinghy-international-turangi-open
Celebration at Wakatere
Marcus Somerville and Isaac McHardie 29er; Derek Snow 3.7; Paul Snow-Hansen with Daniel Willcox (MBSC) 470; Henry Haslett (GBC & WBC) Optimist; Kate Stewart Tauranga Cup P Class; and Andrew and Cam Brown Sunburst - six National championship winners!
Next Friday 4th April Wakatere has a short twilight sail planned followed by a celebratory social evening for all club members to recognise and congratulate some of our recent champions. It’s a b.y.o fish ‘n chip night or whatever takes your fancy. Make the most of the last of Daylight saving at Narrowneck and bring the whole family.
· Twilight racing starts from 5:00pm
· Kitchen & bar open from 6:00pm
No Sunday coaching on Sunday 6 April
Sunday 6th April is the Weetbix Tryathlon so there is no morning Sunday Coaching of any description at Wakatere. Afternoon racing is scheduled with Day 3 Club Champs which will hopefully be our second round of races by then.
Wakatere success - 3.7 Nationals & Starling Northland Champs 2014
Derek Snow is the 3.7 National Champion for 2014. This regatta took place at Manly SC over three days, and was contested by 20 sailors. Conditions were generally light, with two races in moderately heavy winds. Derek did battle with local sailor Phil Ash - ending up with a win on countback, also in the hunt was the defending champion Mark O'Brien. For a full report go to http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/node/17808- and for Full results click here.
Meanwhile, Sam Wallis enjoyed success in the Bay of Islands during the Starling Northland Champs, sailed out of Waitangi YC. Also in the medals was Harry Milne who placed third. Hopefully we will have more information in the near future and some of Neils's great photos to display. Well done guys.
There was a strong turnout for the 2014 Wakatere Senior Classes Regatta from the A Class cat, OK Dinghy, Sunbursts and windsurfers Light winds and strong tides provided challenges for all classes. Despite these challenges, all races were completed in the 6 race series, thanks to a sterling effort from PRO Simon Probert and his on-the-water team.
"We had tricky conditions all weekend, there was...more
2014 Auckland Secondary Schools Regatta at Wakatere
Auckland Secondary Schools Fleet Racing Regatta Thurs 6th & Fri 7th March at Wakatere. This regatta is organised and run by ASB College Sport for sailors in school years 9 -13. Entry is through your school sports office. The NOR and SI are on the College Sport website under Yachting.
Wakatere Windsurfing Success
What a fantastic turnout at the RS:X and Techno Nationals at Manly last weekend. Congratulations to Harrison Hill for taking 3rd overall youth male...more on the boardsailing portal
Snow-Hansen and Willcox 470 2014 National Champions
The NZ 470 National Championship was held at Kerikeri Cruising Club over three days, with nine boats taking part in the mixed fleet. Paul Snow-Hansen (WBC) and Daniel Willcox (MBSC) came away with the title, having picked up the gauntlet laid down by Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie following Sail Auckland earlier in the season. Other Wakatere sailors taking part were Logan Dunning-Beck who took a break from the 49er to help out by crewing for James Turner, and Derek Snow teamed up with his crew from 1984 to give it a whirl.For a full report click here
Full results click here
Feva Coaching programmes are go!
NEWSFLASH: New weekday added due to popular demand - Ladies Feva LTS is now available on Tuesday morning or Wednesday morning. See Bookings page.
We have created 3 new bookings for our Feva Coaching program. Even though it’s a two handed boat you don't need a friend/crew mate to register with as our coach is able to put pairs together. The Ladies LTS started this week but there is still an opportunity to join. We want to encourage more sailors for this mid-week course and we are sure to be able to accommodate a few late starters so please email Simon Probert firstname.lastname@example.org
RS Feva – Ladies Learn to Sail Course – Wed AM
RS Feva - Youth/Adult Learn to Sail Course – Sat AM
RS Feva – Confidence Sailing Course – Sun AM
More information and booking facilities are available on the Wakatere BC bookings page, scroll to the bottom to find the RS Feva courses
For more general information about the RS Feva click here
2014 Club Picnic - Waitangi Day,
Markus Somerville and Isaac McHardie 2014 National 29er champs
Congratulations to Markus Somerville and Isaac McHardie(above) who have recently won the 29er Nationals Championship, sailed out of Murrays Bay SC from 24-27 January.
Markus and Isaac came out on top after winning 7 out of 12 races, and with a clear points margin over Micah Wilkinson & Jack Rogers (MBSC) who placed second, while Josh Handa and Tim Adair(MBSC) placed third. This regatta comprises one part of selection for the New Zealand ISAF Youth Worlds team, with Sail Auckland being the second part. Placings have been reversed at Sail Auckland (with Micah and Jack winning on countback) which will make a tough job for the selectors.
From the 29er Class website: Thanks to John Jennings and the team at Murrays Bay SC for getting 12 clean races away despite the challenging conditions of the final day and congratulations to the winnners and all the sailors who put on a fantastic spectacle of top class youth sailing. Great to...more on the 29er Nationals, and Sail Auckland from the 29er Class perspective...
For full results: www.murraysbay.org/murrays-bay-sailing-club/regattas/
Highlights photos: www.flickr.com/photos/40393595@N07/sets/72157640273289095/
2014 Starling Auckland Champs
The 2014 Auckland Starling Championship was sailed off Kohimarama Beach over Auckland Anniversary Weekend. Wakatere was represented by Chris Coleman, Celia Willison, Louis Mayo and Sam Wallis and also new Starling sailors Harry Milne and Henry Haslett... more from Louis Mayo, and some great photos on the Starling portal.
Andrew and Cam Brown win the 2014 Sunburst Nationals
Andrew and Cam Brown (below) are the winners of the 2014 Sunburst National Championship held at Wakatere BC. Previous Olympic 470 sailor Andrew, with his young son Cam, won all but one race, followed by Wakatere's Lincoln and Benjamin Fraser in second, and Worser Bay (WN) pair Brett and Penny Linton. 51 boats competed in the open fleet, with another 18 boats in the non-spinnaker Taihoa fleet. This regatta was also the celebration of the first 50 years of the Sunburst and the great attendance was a reflection of the continuing strength of the class, also of note was the wide range of sailors - from veterans (over 60) to under 10's; family partnerships, sea scouts and young Optimist sailors.
At the end of a wonderful weekend of racing and celebrations, Wakatere BC Sunburst rep, competitor and key regatta organiser Bruce Yarnton...more
Kate Stewart wins 2014 P Class Nationals (Tauranga Cup)
Kate Stewart has won the 2014 Tauranga Cup championship, following her second placing in the Tanner Cup - the highly prestigious regional regatta which was sailed immediately beforehand, and also sailed out of Tauranga Yacht Club. Following are reports provided by Andrew Copeland during the regatta.
It's halfway through The P class national championship, the Tauranga Cup, being sailed on Tauranga harbour. Wakatere is well represented with 6 entries - Kate Stewart (1st), Greta Stewart (9th), Henry Haslett (8th), Alice Haslett (39th), Harry Milne (13th) and Xanthe Copeland (12th). The water is warm and we're being treated to real Bay Of Plenty summer weather. On the water, the Tauranga harbour tides and a variety of wind conditions are throwing up plenty of challenge for all the sailors. The proximity of the club to the racing means that on land spectators can easily view the action as well as the competitors get to come ashore for lunch.
Tauranga Club's daily Race reports here: http://www.yacht.org.nz/p_class
Photos here: https://plus.google.com/photos
Results here: Tanner Cup,Tauranga Cup (P Class Nationals)
More information and photos on the mighty P Class website www.facebook.com/harry.heighet
Into the final day of the P Class National Champs, Kate Stewart from Wakatere was tied on points with Cole Rippey from Tauranga and Jackson Keon from sandspit only 3 points adrift. The seabreeze was delayed and the sailors went on the water at 1pm to try to complete two races before 3pm. The first race was shortened to finish on the downwind and these three sailors were each now only 1 point apart. In a nail-biting finish to the last race that came down to the last 100metres of the last upwind, Kate Stewart held on and has won the P Nationals which is officially named the Tauranga Cup. Congratulations on an awesome achievemen Kate!. We have just completed the prizegiving dinner that included an inspiring archive video of the many sailors who has been through the P Class, as well as a rousing speech from Harold Bennett. You haven't seen trophies until you see the P Class trophies.
Our next big event at Wakatere BC is the 2014 Sunburst Nationals - which is also the 50th Anniversary for the Sunburst Class. For all information regarding this regatta and celebratory weekend, go to our Sunburst 50th Anniversary and 2014 Nationals event webpage - or click on our logo.
Daily updates, race reports and photos will be posted on the SUNBURST PORTAL which is accessible through the event page, or by clicking on the link on the main menu.
Results can be accessed through Sunburst 50th Anniversary and 2014 Nationals event webpage - or click on our logo.
Christmas message from the Commodore
What a stunning weekend at the Club with the Junior Regatta and Christmas BBQ.
The Junior Regatta was a great day with record numbers of Wakatere juniors sailing in all classes. (Today for results of the Blackstick race we had 13 starts... that’s 13 different classes!) Many thanks to the host of volunteers who made it successful and a special thanks to Peter and Louis Mayo who took on the regatta organisation duties and nailed it, (including a great report which follows this article).
Possibly the highlight of the day was Rod Davis during a question and answer session by the juniors at prize-giving handling the first question so diplomatically - "Did the Americans cheat?"
Click here for Results, and our Facebook page for a few morning photos.
Many thanks to Santa and his helpers for putting smiles and wet shirts on the junior members on Sunday. It is always a highly anticipated visit and another resounding success.
The ‘Mobile’ OK catering team certainly have set a high benchmark for future Club functions by providing us with a spectacular feast of meat to accompany the salads.
To all those sailing at regattas over the Christmas break I wish you the best and hope that you exceed your goals.
Finally from my family to your family, I wish you all a safe and happy festive season.
Wakatere Junior Regatta 2013
89 boats and 97 sailors descended upon Narrow Neck Beach for Wakatere
Boating Club's annual one day Junior Regatta. This year's fleet included
Optimists (with separate Green and Open fleets), P Classes, Starlings, 420s.
Sunbursts and R:SX sailboards.
Thanks to the work from the volunteers on the set up and registration teams,
everything was ready to go in time for the 9am briefing. Unfortunately, the
wind was not. Race officers Dean Coleman (Open fleet course) and Simon
Probert (Green and Sunburst) made a sensible decision to display an AP
ashore until 12 noon. By this stage the clear skies and hot temperatures had
generated a sailable northeasterly sea breeze.
The courses were kept deliberately short, with most races lasting around
25-30 minutes. This allowed all four scheduled races to be sailed in...more
Kate Stewart wins 2013 North Harbour Tanner Cup trials
The last couple of weekends have been a busy time for Wakatere's five P Class sailors. The P Class Tanner Cup trials for Auckland province and North Harbour province have been contested at Kohimarama and Murrays Bay respectively and our Wakatere sailors have come away with great results.
The North Harbour selection trial regatta was sailed last weekend. Harry Milne, Greta Stewart, Kate Stewart and Xanthe Copeland from Wakatere competed. On Saturday there was just one race completed - with the committee boat recording NW 25-30knots at the end, it was a tough morning for all with plenty of stories when everyone got back to the beach. Sunday was an early start with racing commencing at 9am and in very tricky SW conditions 6 full length races were completed. Kate Stewart managed to dominate the fleet and will be the North Harbour Tanner cup representative.
At the Auckland Province P Class selections at Kohimarama, Henry Haslett ( WBC/GBC) won the trials and was selected to be the Auckland representative.
The Tanner Cup is the interprovincial National regatta competed for by a representative from each province who is chosen from selection trials in each province. The Tanner Cup has been competed for since 1945 and has been won by many prestigious names including Chris Dickson, Russell Coutts and Dean Barker as well as current Wakatere members Paul Snow-Hansen, Logan Dunning- Beck and Terry Nicholas. This year is the 90th anniversary of the P Class and the Tanner Cup regatta will be held in January at the Tauranga YPBC.
Congratulations to both Henry and Kate.
Many of you will have noticed the six identical boats fully rigged and under covers parked by the front of the Club. These boats are all RS Feva’s. The Club has purchased these with funding gratefully received from Lotto, along with a full compliment of life jackets donated by the Victoria CC Trust.
We are holding a short ceremony at 11.00am on 10th November to launch the fleet, so please come along if you can. There will be a separate notice circulating about this during the week. For more information on the RS Feva click here.
P Class 2013 North Island Champs,Tauranga- Labour weekend
After a fun session from Paul Snow-Hansen during the week, involving plenty of capsize practice which would prove useful for the weekend ahead, five Wakatere P Class sailors ventured down to Tauranga for the P Class North Island Champs. It was an awesome weekend, with all ten races completed on time in a range of wind conditions (5 - 18 knots), all within viewing distance of the Tauranga Yacht Club lawn. There were 33 sailors from Wellington through to Kerikeri attending, and more than 50% of the fleet were female.
Kate Stewart (above) and Henry Haslett were pushing the front of the fleet all weekend and took out 4 race wins between them, ending up in 4th and 5th places overall respectively. Harry, Greta Stewart and Xanthe Copeland had moments of brilliance throughout, and valued the time in the boat. Greta took the unlucky prize, falling ill and missing Sunday, and then breaking a stay to miss a race on Monday. Spectacular ove- the- front and then over- the-side capsize award to Henry (below). Fastest capsize recovery award to Kate. Goldfinger dishwashing glove award to Xanthe. Port tack the fleet award to Harry. All done and dusted, including Prizegiving, by 3pm Monday.
Some pretty tired sailors headed home and looking forward to the next challenge in their P Classes.
Yachting New Zealand Award Nominations for 2013
Wakatere sailors will be well represented at the 2013 Yachting New Zealand Volvo Excellence awards. In the Performance section Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox (MBSC) are selected for placing 7th in the Men's 470 World Champs; in the Youth Performance section Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson are selected for placing 3rd in the 29er at the 2013 ISAF Youth World Champs, they are also part of the Youth Team selection; and in the Service Awards Christine Hansen past secretary of the 420 and 470 Assn's.
For further reading go to YNZ's News item - http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/node/17212
OK Dinghy Rum Bucket Champs at Wakatere, 2013
It's all over at the Rum Bucket, a great weekend of wind and sailing, top three results were Luke O'Connell of Worser Bay 1st; Matt Stechmann of Naval Point 2nd and Jim Turner of Wakatere 3rd. Well done everyone. FULL RESULTS HERE
This Labour weekend Wakatere will host the OK Dinghy Rum Bucket Championship in conjunction with the OK Dinghy Association. Five races back to back are scheduled for Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th... Filling and emptying the prized Rum Bucket is also scheduled.
Any questions, contact Ben Morrison 021 832060 email@example.com.
Sailors overseas 2013
Ellie Copeland and team mate Erica Dawson (competing at Sail AK above) didn’t feature in the recent 49er medal haul in Marseilles, France but as possibly the youngest competitors it was a huge thrill to compete in the first ever 49erFX Worlds Champs. With Ellie boarding the flight from Auckland in a wheelchair (sprained ankle) this was a great effort and they’ll be back. http://www.49er.org/2013-world-championships/. Congratulations to fellow team members Alexander Maloney and Mollie Meech of Murrays Bay and Tauranga for winning the World Championship and taking Gold.
And welcome home to those club members involved in the Americas Cup. It’s been a long haul, an awesome regatta and we are very proud to have you as club members at Wakatere. We hope you now have time to enjoy your summer back in Auckland.
Morning session at Wakatere
Click any of the above images for photos taken on the second weekend of sailing this season.
The 2013-2014 sailing season has officially opened at Wakatere BC. Last Sunday an opening address from newly elected Commodore Craig Smith launched the new and exciting season, and introduced speakers - patron and recently inducted club life member George Gair, club patron Don Brooke and club President Judy Salthouse.
Team New Zealand's involvement in The America's Cup (AC) regatta, currently being contested in San Francisco, was at the forefront of everyone's mind - the tight racing, the near capsize and, not least, the hard work leading up to the event. Each speaker reminded club members that all those New Zealanders involved the AC began at local clubs like Wakatere, it was something for young sailors to aspire to, and also for the whole sailing community to feel proud of.
Following formalities approximately 50 boats took to the water and the day ended in a well attended BBQ.
NOR for Sunburst Nationals available
NOR and Entry Form now available for the Sunburst Nationals and Sunburst 50th Anniversary weekend of sailing, fun and socialising. Click on the event logo at the top of the right column to connect to our dedicated event page.
Exciting times: Red Bull Youth America's Cup & Grand Slam series
Chris Steele doing the USA Match racing Grand Slam series which he is currently leading after two regattas. http://www.usamatchracing.com/2013/#
Jono Spurdle is doingthe Red Bull Youth Americas Cup which starts Sunday, sailing with Peter Burling and the NZL 2 team. Stuart Dodson is ex WBC member sailing with the NZL 1 team (Full Metal Jacket racing). https://www.facebook.com/RBYAC
Silver medal for Somerville and Simpson, World Championship
Markus and Jack moved it up a notch at the 29er World Championship which recently concluded in Aarhus, Denmark. In a massive fleet of 213 boats, representing 25 nations, the boys went into the final series of the gold fleet placed 4th and by the end of the 10 races had worked their way into 2nd overall. Congratulations boys, the end of a great season together. Full results here.
Bronze medal for Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson,Youth Worlds
The 2013 ISAF Youth Worlds have come to a close with Markus and Jack taking bronze in the 29er Class, and contributing to NZ placing 3rd overall as a nation. Isaac McHardie and fellow Hamilton club mate Micah Wilkinson won gold in the SL16 cat... for a full report from YNZ click here
Also on the international stage:
Paul Snow-Hansen sailing with Daniel Willcox (MBSC) now competing in the Olympic class 470 World Champs, La Rochelle, France. Event website..... Paul and Dan finished 7th overall in the 117 boat fleet, with a 3rd placing in the medal race. In the women's division Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie took the gold medal, a fine follow up to their Olympic Gold medal 1 year ago.
Henry Haslett (WBC & GBC), Optimist Worlds, Italy, 15-26 July 2013.
Report from Harrison Hill, techno, pictured left: I arrived in Lake Garda Torbole on the 8th July to find the weather was scorching hot 32 degrees while the lake is a refreshing 17.
Started racing on the tenth to find the Italians were all very good windsurfers. But have been racing my best to grab a top 10 placing in one of my races. I am improving with every race.
In my age group there are 40 competitors so I'm averaging high 20s at this stage with last day of racing tomorrow. Wind is constant 18 knots.
I have appreciated all the help and support from all fellow club members. The water in Italy is packed with nothing but windsurfers. HEAVEN!!
Craig Smith - new Commodore at the helm
At the 2013 AGM a re-shuffile of the flag officers included the election of a new Commodore as Phil Rzepecky stood down after a two year term. Stepping into this role is Craig Smith, long-time member and sailor in the Sunburst class.
Simon Probert, Optimist Class, becomes the Rear Commodore
Ben Morrison, OK sailor, moves into the Vice Commodore role
Cathy Coleman retains her role as Treasurer
Kate Upton retains her role as Secretary
Also announced at the AGM was the inclusion of four new Life Members - Bruce Yarnton, past Commodore and Sunburst sailor; Karen Yarnton past social events organiser and Sunburst sailor; George and Fay Gair who have also had a very long association with our club as a parents and patrons.
On behalf of Wakatere Club we would like to thank Phil for the enormous amount of work he has volunteered over the last two years as Commodore, his positive approach and friendly smile has been much appreciated.