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Opti Success for Wakatere

Published 02:11 on 25 Apr 2019

2019 Toyota Optimist National Championship report:

Despite the tricky conditions during the qualifying series where many did not make the cut, Wakatere had 10 sailors in the Open Gold fleet and a fantastic representation in the Silver and Bronze fleets with many poised for podium success going into the final day.

The wind changed up the results a bit on Day 5 with Wakatere's Harrison Loretz in Gold fleet getting two 2nds (awesome!) to match George's Lee Rush's four 1sts. Valentine Kayrouz had a mixed day but was in the top 10 for the last few races to finish on a high. Huge congratulations to George for his stunning performance and his 2nd Opti National title.


GLR on the last few metres to the final finish - photo ©Sail-World

Open GOLD fleet overall:
1st George Lee Rush - Wakatere (18)
2nd Daniel Links - RPAYC (35)
3rd Lucas Day - MBSC (44)
4th Harrison Loretz - Wakatere (51)
6th Valentine Kayrouz - Wakatere (77.7)
Opti Open final results

NZ National places: 1st George Lee Rush - Wakatere; 2nd Lucas Day - MBSC; 3rd Harrison Loretz - Wakatere

NZIODA international representative team selections will follow.

Wakatere top 10 in Silver and Bronze
Open SILVER fleet: 1st Tom Rebbeck; 2nd George Pilkington; 10th Cameron Brown
Open BRONZE fleet: 1st Josh Hilder

Wakatere sailors also won several age group placings: 1st 10yr old William Mason, 1st 11yr old Liam Richards, 3rd 11yr old Tom Pilkington and Alex Norman 2nd 13yr old showing promise across the fleets. Vivian WebsterChung was unlucky to miss the Gold fleet podium, finishing 4th girl by 3 points.

While not everyone had their best regatta (drifting across the course - without the wind or with the tide), your representation of the club was outstanding and you are all winners. To steal a line from Peter Burling, “every regatta is a learning opportunity no matter where you came!"


Some of our Wakatere Opti Team at prizegiving with Blair Tuke. Slightly shattered by that point. It was a long day


What a Green fleet!

The wind mixed up the Green fleet results on the final day with Wakatere's Tessa Clinton knocked her off the top spot to 2nd but remained 1st girl. Nelson Meacham had an amazing day going from third to first. Unfortunately for Harry Shannon and despite two 4ths in the finals, the increase in wind gave Toby Dunn MBSC the chance to move forward. A tough one for Harry.

Overall our Green fleet did amazingly well, all of them reaching personal bests at some point during the regatta. Special mention to Ruben Newton (10yrs) and Tom Shannon (9yrs) entering their first Nationals and finishing 37th and 45th in a fleet of 62. Congratulations to the placegetters and congratulations to the whole Green fleet - you worked hard and as our entry level sailing class you showed the future at Wakatere is full of promise.

Wakatere Green fleet top 10:
1st Nelson Meacham
2nd Tessa Clinton
4th Harry Shannon
10th Annabel Duff
1st girl Tessa Clinton
Green fleet final results


Special thanks

From the Open fleet, a huge thank you to our dedicated coaches for their focused and supportive sessions throughout the season - Tim Adair, Tam Lindsay, Susannah Pyatt, Tim Snedden, Neil Wooldridge and Jack Lee-Rush and guest coaches Logan Dunning-Beck, Andrew Brown and Henry Haslett. A special thanks to Tam and Tim S for their ongoing support during the Nationals dealing with all the ups and downs of racing!

From the super Green Fleet, a huge thank you for all the fun and support throughout the season provided by our dedicated coaches - Alison Kent, Anna Ankersmit, Olivia Christie and Callum Richards.


Last but never least, thanks to the unsung heroes, the Wakatere parents on the water and ashore throughout the regatta. The logistics, time and effort of supporting an Opti Nationals over Easter is never easy, especially with other children not competing. Your support of the whole Wakatere team was fantastic and we look forward to the next time.


From Commodore Simon Probert - From everyone at Wakatere to all the WBC Opti sailors, well done on a huge effort this week. You did your club proud and we look forward to seeing you all back at Wakatere this weekend.

From Andrew Brown - To all WBC Sailors you did your club proud this season. Not only with results but with the way you all went about it on and off the water. Our super greenies were absolutely superb! To our Open fleet, more sailors in the top 25 than any other club and WBC sailors winning all the way through the Open fleet in Gold, silver and bronze. Well done team what a super season!

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Live Sail Die final report

Sail-World final report


Last updated 04:29 on 28 September 2019

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