Destination Sailing – Orca, Ice-cream and Beach Cricket.

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 Opti’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 “He came up right behind my boat and dived just before he touched my rudder”, “I think I might have touched one when I put my centreboard down, I hope I did not make him angry”.


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 “Wave Nine’s” 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)

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Wakatere Boating Club
Narrow Neck Beach, Devonport
Box 32-288,
North Shore City 0744

Classes sailed at Wakatere

  • JUNIOR: Optimist, P Class, RS Feva
  • YOUTH: Starling, 29er, 420, Boards, 
  • RS Feva, Laser Radial
  • SENIOR: Laser, OK Dinghy, Sunburst,
  • Windsurfing, 470, 49er, 3.7, Idle Along, 
  • RS Feva, Zephyr