Around 100 sailors from around Auckland (and beyond) enjoyed fresh conditions in the annual Wakatere Junior Regatta held on Saturday 12th Dec.
Image: Opti Green Fleet
On the Green Fleet course over 20 Optimist sailors registered, and while some only sailed 1 race due to the conditions, more than half completed all 4 races. The Bilger girls from Kohi had a good day, with Lucy winning and Stella finishing 3rd, with Zach Fong from Wakatere in 2nd. There were 3 Green Fleet Starlings out there too, with Conrad Butler from Wakatere scoring 2 bullets.
Over on the Open Fleet course the outgoing tide caused some problems for the Optimist fleet with multiple General Recalls in the first race, and a case of 'follow the leader' around the wrong course meant DNF's for the whole fleet. PRO Dean Coleman commented "our young sailors must be on holiday already!"
Gavin Ninnes (FBYC/KYC) showed his class winning all of the 3 other races to take out top spot. The Starling fleet were also in holiday mode in the first race, sailing the wrong course, with Petrina Sheldon (BOIYC) dominating the other 3 races to win the medal.
The four P Class races doubled as the P Class Auckland Champs with some lovely silverware up for grabs. Henry Wilson (MBSC) took home the overall title with very consistent sailing, and Nicola Wilson (OYC) taking the Girls Championship.
Nick Egnot Johnson and Jackson Keon showed why they are off to the Youth Worlds in the 29er fleet with a master class in skiff sailing, and thanks must go to them and the other Murray's Bay 29ers for sailing down and taking part. It was great to have you and you provided a great spectacle for the younger sailors.
Thanks also to our two PRO's, Dave West on the Green Fleet course and Dean Coleman on the Open course and to all our club volunteers on the water and ashore.
If anyone has photos to share, especially from the Open course, please get in touch