2013 Optimist Auckland Champs
NZIODA IN ASSOCIATION WITH WAKATERE BC. NZIODA RANKING REGATTA
Day Three - Egnot Johnson, Takahashi-Fry and Keon take top three spots
The final day of racing at the 2013 Optimist Auckland Champs has come to a close at Wakatere BC with Nick Egnot Johnson, Leonard Takahashi-Fry and Jackson Keon, all of Murrays Bay SC, taking the top three spots in the eleven race series.
As part of the Auckland Anniversary Day, a Sea Scout Cutter fleet shared our venue and added to the excitement onshore with Optis, inflatables and Sea Scout Cutters launching off Narrow Neck Beach. The combined regattas wrapped up three beautiful sailing days on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour - three days of sunshine, warm winds and sparkly turquoise seas.
In the AK Optimist Champs the conditions of the last two days prevailed: the moderate easterly wind kept blowing, though a little lighter than the previous two days; the choppy sea state continued and the tide was outgoing for most of the racing day.
The Open fleet Race Management team managed to get another four races in - all went smoothly until the final race which was started just minutes before the cut off time as sailors repeatedly jumped-the-gun. Once again the black flag was brought into play and a large number of sailors sailed back to shore without taking part in the finale.
Xanthe Copeland was first girl and seventh overall, with fellow Wakatere club member Kate Stewart one place behind and second girl; third girl was tenth placed Ava Mannering of Napier, and fourth was eleventh placed Greta Stewart also of Wakatere.
The Green fleet sailed three races today and the domination of the Cook Island sailor Teakoura Framhein continued - in fact Teakoura finished 30 points the Scott Guy of Kohimarama, in third place overall and first girl was Helene Jhonson of Rarotonga.
Wakatere Boating Club would like to thank all those who took part, and all those who volunteered their help and time - especially on the water assisting with Race Management on both the Open and Green fleet courses; as well as in the Race Office publising results as soon as they came to hand, not to mention those onshore refuelling boats, launching and retrieving rescue boats, keeping the beach clear for those sensible people who just come to the beach for a picnic, and those involved in the big clean-up at the end.
Day Two - top marks for behaviour
Day two of the Optimist Auckland Champs at Wakatere BC saw a continuation of conditions from the previous day - sunshine, moderate to strong easterly winds, choppy seas and great racing.
Regatta judge, John Bullot, commented that the young fleet are well educated in their rules and put them into practise on the course, showing a good amount of respect for the rest of the fleet. As some the sailors learn to cope with the tide and misjudge their mark roundings they are doing their turns, nor have there been any disputes regarding a healthy number of black flag casualties. John also commented that four NZ Olympic representatives were on the course in coaching roles - suggesting a high calibre of knowledge and role model amongst the fleeet.
Having put away four races, the Open fleet leaderboard featured some significant changes. Nick Egnot Johnson (MBSC) has moved into first with healthy lead of 9 points over Hamish Clark of Queen Charlotte YC; first female sailor and positioned third is Wakatere's own Xanthe Copeland - with Leonard Takahashi-Fry just one point behind in fourth.
In the Green fleet our Cook Island visitors are dominating results with seven sailors in the top ten. Teakuoa Framhein of the Cook Islands is in first place - stretching out his lead to a 13 point margin over Tyler Davis also of the Cook Islands in second; and Henry Wilson of Murrays Bay remains in third.
Condition-wise the final day of racing is expected to feature yet more of the same and with four more races to go things could all change again, so watch this space.
Sailors, family and supporters arrived at Wakatere Club this morning to find a well oiled volunteer wheel clicking over, and perfect sailing conditions. Ninety five Open fleet and 35 Green fleet from all over New Zealalnd, as well as Korea and the Cook Islands, are taking part in this major New Zealand Optimist regatta which takes place over three days.
At the close of Day One Open fleet sailor Leonard Takahashi-Fry of MBSC is placed first, one point ahead of Scott McKenzie of Kohimarama YC; with Jackson Keon also of Murrays Bay 6 points behind in third.
A warm breeze blew from the east throughout the day. The wind strength varied but was generally moderate, and swung back and forth between north east and south east. The choppy sea state increased as wind-against-tide came into play in the afternoon - and this combination of wind, waves and sun made for great viewing from the shore.
We talked with Race Officer Oscar Paulich at the end of racing who said "the first 2 races went smoothly in stable conditions and wind direction, but after the 2nd race the winded started shifting back and forth about 50 degrees which made it very challenging for sailors and committee alike. The wind then settled in a new direction so we could get a start away and complete the third race. All in all a beautiful day of racing with happy race committee and sailors".
Four attempts at starting race three saw quite a number of sailors returning to shore with a black flag penalty - possibly victims of the notorious Wakatere tide and competing with 95 boats on the start line! Three races out of the four programmed were completed, with four more races scheduled over each of the next two days.
The Green fleet managed to put in their three races up towards Takapuna Beach and were ashore and washed up by 2.30 pm. After one day of racing Teakuoa Framhein of the Cook Islands is in first place, Tyler Davis also of the Cook Islands is in second and Henry Wilson of Murrays Bay is in third.
Click here to view a pdf with information about reefs to watch out for off Narrow Neck Beach; storage for Optis, tents, official RIBs and areas to keep clear; as well as advice for sailors on how to approach the beach if we have waves breaking onshore.
Friday 25th January 16:00 – 20:30
Saturday 26th Jan 08:00 – 09:00
Sailors briefing Saturday 26th January 2013 at 0830 hours
Patrol and Official Boats briefing Friday 25th January 2013 at 1900 hours
- Race Schedule
Saturday 26th January Open Fleet 10:30: Green Fleet 11:00
Sunday 27th January Open Fleet 10:30: Green Fleet 11:00
Monday 28th January Open Fleet 10:30: Green Fleet 11:00
- Enter Opti AK Champs
Entry for the event is provided online, you can enter each boat individually and then make electronic payment by going to our booking page. All bookings close at 5 pm on Monday 21 January 2013, no late entries accepted. Booking your entry link
- Green fleet sailors, please bring a signed copy of the safety check list: Green Fleet Safety Check list link
- Anniversary Day Regatta running in conjuction: Sailors can also participate in the Anniversary Day regatta as this will be run in conjunction with the AK Champs. Those results will be scored from the Monday races in the NZIODA Optimist Auckland Champs. An additional registration fee of $10 is payable (per the AK Champs booking form)
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