What more could we have asked for?
Ten adventurous Green Fleet Sailors arrived at Wakatere Saturday morning expecting a quite sail over to the beach just past Rangitoto Light house for lunch then return sail to the club.
After a briefing covering the destination, currents, shipping channel and the importance of staying reasonably close together the Optis were launched around 10:30.
With everyone sailing along nicely we stopped and waited as a group for a large barge and motor launch using the channel to cross in front of us before proceeding. As we approached Rangi light it soon became apparent that we were in for a treat (or a scare) as we caught up with a small pod of Orca. The Orca accompanied us playing in and out of the OptiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for around 10mins until we had to leave them to it and turn into our beach. There were at least 6 Orca including at least one large black and white male well over 5 metres long. Needless to say even Adian refrained from any behaviour at this point that may have seen him in the water.
Jonathon Ã¢â‚¬Å“He came up right behind my boat and dived just before he touched my rudderÃ¢â‚¬Â, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think I might have touched one when I put my centreboard down, I hope I did not make him angryÃ¢â‚¬Â.
We spent a couple of hours on the beach eating lunch, playing cricket, with a few of the boys going for a boogy board behind Ã¢â‚¬Å“Wave NineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ¢â‚¬Â tender. Ice-creams magically produced from the big boats freezers were well received.
The sail back was a little more challenging in around 15 - 20 knots directly on the nose with four of the boys electing to be towed all or part of the way.
Everyone had a great time and certainly had a story to tell.(More photos to be added soon)