The Auckland Anniversary Regatta was held in some testing conditions this year. There were 47 entries but only a hardy 28 arrived at the start line for race one, by race two the fleet was down to 23 and race three 20.
Well done to those sailors who attended and completed all of the races.
Leonard Takahashi-Fry was the first Wakatere sailor in 9th.
Well done to Tim Adiar, Sam Wallis and Chris Coleman for finishing all three races, and Rory McCutcheon for finishing two.
2011 INTERNATIONAL OPTIMIST AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 00:10
Hosting Australia's largest Optimist regatta ever, Pittwater staged the Australian Nationals with 172 competitors from Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Japan and Germany in what was a very low scoring top five. NZ sailors included Wakatere's Tim Adair (5th place overall) and Leonard Takahashi (13th) and Worser Bay's William Novak (23rd).
After a lengthy registration and measurement process for every boat, we finally got onto the water to check out the course which lay a good 40 minute sail out behind Scotland Island. With a wide range of conditions this regatta suited the all-round sailors who could pick the fickle shifts and sail in very heavy, moderate and extremely light airs. Day one's drama unfolded in the first race when Tim finished in 2nd place only to discover he had been called OCS in what seemed a marginal call. Last year's winner Nia Jerwood emerged the early leader. Leonard finished the day in 10th place with fellow Kiwis, William scoring 2nd place in race 2 and Tim scoring a bullet (1st) in race 4.
Steadily building to a peak of 27 knots NNE on day 2, serious fitness was called for. The first critical drop came into play with Tim jumping to 5th place overall. Leonard sailed a great race 6 easily crossing the line 1st, only to discover he had been OCS causing him to slip back to 17th place.
Day 3 saw teams' racing in a fresh 15-20 knot north easterly, gusting to 25 knots.
The format saw eight teams sail off one another in double elimination series, where a team that loses two
races is eliminated. The teams were made up of a combination of Club, State and an International team comprising the New Zealanders (Tim , Leonard , William ) and a Japanese entrant (Ben Perkins). Team WA won all their four races taking 1st place, with the International team coming joint 3rd.
After a lay day for some serious R&R at the beach and Sydney's oldest fun park (Luna Park), day 4 revealed considerably less wind. In very fickle WNW wind of barely 2-5 knots, only one race was completed.
Race eight flight A saw Chris Charlwood from WA get his first win of the regatta to move him into 2nd place. Second place went to Tim Adair who showed great consistency. With one day left, only five points separated the top six places.
The final day revealed another frustrating day for the race committee with barely enough wind to race all day. The first and only race of the day got away in a dead northerly before shifting left. After a general recall, the Z flag was raised and Leonard won the start clearly at the pin end of the line playing the shifts, going left then right, then up the middle on the first beat to round the top mark in front. The wind shifted and then died out with the
thoughts of blowing the race going through the mind of the PRO. Leonard opted for a lane on the right hand side of the course on the run to the finish to hang in there to take the win in a very close finish over Tyrone Gowans.
West Australian Chris Charlwood (720) clinched a bullet in the 2nd flight to pull into a one point lead and thus win the championship over last year's champion Nia Jerwood. Tim Adair finished 5th overall, having led the final race until he rounded the bottom mark with a clear lead and then a massive 180 degree shift in 0-2 knots of breeze saw him move from 1st to 12 place and helpless to prevent it.
With only 9 races sailed out of an anticipated 12, the race committee ran out of time and options and the sailors for opportunities for a second drop. This event selected the Australian international teams for the top 22, including the top 5 to represent Australia at the 2011 Words in Napier. We expect to see a lot of interest in the NZ nationals at Wakatere.
The Optimist Development Team is selected from the top 5 11yr & top 5 12yr olds at the NZ Opti Nationals each year so keep up the training team, you can go places.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 December 2010 13:17
2010 Wakatere Junior Regatta
Written by Opti Guy
Thursday, 16 December 2010 15:47
The Wakatere Junior regatta was sailed on Sat Dec 11th in breezy southwesterly conditions. There were some fairly strong tides in the morning (with some Green fleet sailors taking quite a while to get across the start line).There were 111 boats entered with 44 boats in the Open fleet and 36 in the Green fleet. There were 45 Optis from Wakatere entered. It was great to see some sailors moving up to the Open fleet, and some newer sailors (including some who only completed their Learn to Sail course in October) having a go at the Green fleet regatta – with some real success.
Well done to Tim Adair who came 2nd in the Open fleet and Mathew Jacobi who came 3rd in the Green fleet.
Notable Open fleet Results:
New to Open fleet:
Levi de Isle43rd.
Notable Green Fleet Results:
Marsanne Jordan5th ( AND a spot prize!!)
Highlights: Emily Dol 23rd – first regatta after completing Learn to Sail in October.
This is the last regatta for this half of the season, so well done to all of those sailors who have taken the opportunity to advance their skills in sailing. There will be lots of sailing after Christmas with a range of coaching sessions and regattas, cumulating with the 2011 Toyota Opti Nationals at Easter at Wakatere.
The Sunday AM program continues to run after Chistmas as usual.
Good luck to Markus Somerville sailing in the Opti worlds in Malaysia over Christmas, and Tim Adiar sailing in the Australian Nationals over the break also.
Patrick Haybittle from Naval Point Club in Canterbury, won the New Caledonia Opti Nationals this weekin Noumea. He and his sister were sailing off Wakatere several Thursdays ago taking the opportunity to be coached by Chris Steele after Chris donated a days coaching to a recent fundraiser for the Opti Worlds team. See the article at http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Nid=78134&refre=y&ntid=118&rid=6
The 2010 Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay delivered everything we hoped for – a wonderful experience, the largest regatta in New Zealand (467 sailors were entered), light winds, good results and personal achievements and some insights into the life and personality of the late Sir Peter Blake.
As the Commodore of Torbay Sailing Club said, Sir Peter would no doubt be proud of the event and the sailors over the weekend.
Wakatere had 40 Opti sailors in attendance – 20 in the Open Fleet and 20 in the Green Fleet....a record turn out. Wakatere sailors and their coaches ( Max) secured podium finishes on 6 of the 7 classes they sailed in over the weekend.
Congratulations to Markus Somerville who finished 2nd in the Open Fleet (106 boats), and Jonathon Barnett who finished 2nd ( equal on points with first) in the Green Fleet ( 85 boats).
Notable Open Fleet performances:
Tim Adair 6th
New to Open fleet:
Highlight: Harry Milne 13th in race 4.
Notable performances in the Green Fleet:
James Grover –Grey7th
New to Green fleet:
Highlight: Olivia Koller’s progress in Green fleet and her 3rd in the last race.
These results show the benefit from a load of sailing over winter and spring, so well done to all of those sailors who have made the effort to put some time on the water – now you can see the reward for the efforts!