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Wakatere Junior Regatta 2012

The Junior Regatta was held on Sat 15th Dec.


See you all back at Wakatere for the Auckland Opti Champs late Jan 2013



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sunburst update Masonic cup


Well, there has been a lot happening since the last update with more club racing, a trip to Taupo to the North Islands, the Masonic Cup race and 3 more seasons points races.

It is great to see fleets of around10 boats each weekend. Five boats headed to Taupo for the North Island Sunburst Champs where a fleet of 19 boats competed for the prizes. Sailing on the Saturday was completed in light breezes ranging from 3-12 knots.The PRO did a great job getting 5 races away on the Saturday with the forecast for Sunday being really windy. Sunday dawned fine and light again meaning they couldn’t get the 6th race away till 13.30 in a building 20 knot breeze. Wakatere did well to place 2,3,7.,10 and 19 in the fleet with everyone learning lots.

The next big event is the Nationals to be held in Dunedine (Port Chalmers) 19-21 January 2013. Currently four Wakatere boats are travelling – Good News, Cognos, Arethusa and the Ankersmits. If you are interested, feel free to ask questions.

Last Saturday was the Masonic cup with 7 boats taking part. The annual dash around to the mark off the Masonic and back was won by Vagrant sailed by Andrew and Cam Brown.

Yesterday there where 3 seasons points races in a great sailing breeze. It was g reat to see Kate and Rebecca out again, along with Hartley Atkinson and James Morrison and crew. Nigel Price says he took 300 photos so we look forward to seeing them.

Next Sunday is another trophy race - The Black stick race across to a beacon on the Rangi shore and return. Following this will be the Club Christmas bash catering for young and old with an appearance from the man in red. It would be great to have a big turn out. This is the last race till the end of January. See you on the water cheers Bruce

Opening Day blown out

Hi everyone


Well Sunday’s opening day  turned out to be a bit of a fizzer on the sailing front although the barbque

 was outstanding. I think we had about 10 boats looking to sail so that was a pretty good turn out.


It was good to see Neil Wooldridge and family down at the club looking to start sailing as soon as their boat is back together.There is no sailing this weekend being the long weekend so Sunday  28th Oct is

 the next race day  for a1.30 start with 3 season points races back to back.  Briefing is usually about

12.15 .For those of you who are thinking of going to the North Islands in Taupo Dec 1-2  could you

reply please so I can get an idea of numbers coming WBC.


Have a good weekend


Cheers Bruce

Good News


Lake Taupo sailing club

Sunburst North Island Champs

Zephyr North Island Champs

December 1st and  2nd 2012

2012 Ice Breaker Regatta, Lake Pupuke


The 2012/2013 season has started! Yes, 80 boats and boards hit Lake Pupuke for the annual Ice Breaker regatta, run by MBSC. No ice was broken, the temperature and winds were moderate. 19 of the 80 boats across all of the fleets on the day were from WBC, so well done. Franceso Kayvouz showed the benefits of sailing during winter to come in 3rd in the Green fleet, whilst Kate Stewart (pictured) showed some of the experience gained from her recent trip to China and sailed a great day to come in 2nd behind James Wilson from MBSC who is setting himself up as the guy to beat this season. It was great to see Airi Kawana back on the water and comfortably in the top 10, and Jono Weston on his heels in 8th. Full results are at


Whilst some photos can be found at
( you don't need to be registered on facebook to see this gallery).

New Schedule for CLub Champs

The revised dates are-

  • Club Champs Day 1 - March 25th (all classes except Starlings)
  • Club Champs Day 2 - April 1st
  • Club Champs Reserve Day 3 - April 15th (except Starlings/Optis)
  • Club Champs Reserve Day 3 - April 22nd (Reserve for Opti /Day 2 for Starlings)
2011 Asian Opti Champs

The 2011 Asian Opti Champs is underway in Singapore with Sam Barnett in the team.

New Zealander Hamish Clark won a race. From the tracking, it seems that clear air is the key.

The NZL1 Team came second in the Nations Cup teams racing.

You can follow their progress on

Here are some snippets from the reports:

Day 1:

At the Opening ceremony the haka was very well received. The afternoon was fun and games following the practice race. Sam won the hiking competition beating Iran and Kimberley Lim from Singapore. He held for 5 and half mins! NZ parents won the tug o war. kids had a great time meeting new friends.


Day one of racing was a mixed bag. Sam B and Ava OCS in first race. Some good results for James Jennings, Scotty and Sam Simpson. Sam B had better results in the second and third races. First race the wind died to about 1 knot and it was quite difficult. There were some DNFs as the top group were far ahead. Very hot. Sam drank nine bottles on the water! All the kids got a bit sunburnt too.


Wind came in after lunch and the last two races were about 8-10 knots.


Parents able to watch the racing on trac system and see the race course from the club as it is straight out in front. Our kids will really appreciate our clean waters when the get home as they launch into water thick with oil and rubbish. Sam had to tack to avoid a TV!


Challenges of being away from our normal food etc have mostly been ok but have to say breakfast is the worst. We have had to buy our own supplies! Parents have been slowly sussing out the best way to get taxis, almost a competition now. Everyone here uses them but there is an art to getting them. We waited for an hour in a taxi queue last night! not the best in the heat.


ID cards are the go here and they use these for sign on and sign off.  Coaches sharing with Kergystan and Dutch Antilles.

Day 2:

One of the interesting things is seeing the small differences in how people do things. Everyone sits around, then suddenly the horn goes off and the kids dash to their boats and into the water. Quick launch! barely any parents in sight but kids all very capable. Kid volunteers pick up the trolleys. NZ team the few with their parents down by the water. Same when they come in.


Race one went well for some of the team but was the sort of race where the wind dies and the second fleet catches up. Some major pile ups on the mark roundings.

Day 3:

After a long day waiting the Nations Cup teams racing got under way with NZL 1 and NZL 2, USA and Aus. NZL1, Sam B, Sam S, Scott Inglis and Hamish Clark won every match in the round robin and thought they had won the event, but in near darkness they ran a final and we lost in a tough race to USA. Shame but we have a nice trophy and medals! We are looking forward to the rest day tomorrow. Having a great time, giving it our all. loads of photos of us on Facebook and our haka is on the IODA Asians website too. hope you are enjoying the snow - mid thirties here. By the way Thailand won the Asian Team Racing - we learnt a lot watching the skills of these top teams.


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