We have a report on the Optimist Nationals from one of our Open fleet sailors Santenay Jordan -
The Optimist Nationals 2015 started off with of course, WIND on Thursday as a welcome to Wellington. The 17 of us Wakatere Open fleet kids got our boats checked and we were ready for the regatta. Registration was all go [as Luke showed off his sticker sticking skills] and a sense of anticipation throughout the tents and compounds formed for the 150 Open fleet sailors and their eager support crews.
Friday was a very challenging day, but so much fun! We sailed four races with the wind getting up there. The swell was pretty big as well making the reach unbelievably fast. Due to all to the conditions, there were several breakages and races not completed by some of our team. Surprisingly it was not as cold as we all had expected.
There was no racing on Saturday because it was too windy. Some of the Wakatere crew went to Te Papa and cruised around Wellington’s water front. On Sunday we sailed four races again, the conditions less tough than Friday and the wind out of the south rather than the NW.
Sunday was a day that most people made up for their tough Friday which pushed up our places in the fleet. We got to relax together that night at a local restaurant.
On Monday we got sorted into gold, silver and bronze fleets. This allowed us sailors in the lower fleets to start knowing what it was like to lead a race. The conditions were moderate and then increased making the day easier for us to handle and adapt to. Tuesday racing was cancelled so we all packed up our boats, then headed to the prize-giving.
5 Wakatere sailors- Robbie, Francesco, Alice, Luke and Josh got into international teams and training camps. Great results from them and all the Wakatere Open sailors to tackle all that Worser Bay could throw at us.
Overall it was a fantastic experience, and we all loved it. Thanks to Worser Bay for their superb organisation and hospitality and NZIODA.
By Santenay Jordan / Wakatere BC Optimist sailor
For a Green fleet perspective, see the article on our Classes / Optimist page by George Lee Rush CLICK HERE
Alice Haslett - Briar Dye-Hutchison Trophy for 1st place NZ National female competitor.
George Rush - Dawson Trophy for Notable Sportsman Overall
Josh Schon - 2nd U13 in Age Group Awards
George Rush - 1st 10 yr old in Age Group Awards
Robbie McCutcheon - NZL Optimist North American Champs Team, Antigua, July 2015
Alice Haslett - NZL Optimist European Team, Wales, July 2015
Luke Cashmore - NZL Optimist Asian Champs, Qatar, October 2015
Francesco Kayrouz - NZL Optimist European Team, Wales, July 2015
Josh Schon - NZL Opti Development Team, Noumea Oct 2015
Josh Hyde - NZL Opti Development Team, Noumea Oct 2015