Success at Maraetai

The 2016 Opti Auckland Champs were held over Auckland Anniversary long weekend (30th Jan - 1st Feb) at Maraetai Sailing Club and Wakatere sailors and parents put in a big effort. In the final results, half the top 10 in the Opti Open were Wakatere club members and the Opti Green fleet had a strong show as well! For a NZIODA ranking regatta this is a great result.

Congratulations to all the competitors who were all well behaved and sailed to the best of their ability in very challenging conditions. Thanks to everyone who helped out taking RIBS, the club trailer and tent. A great Team Waka effort. 

Taking the title in convincing style was Josh Schon with another podium place for Brayden Hamilton in 3rd overall. Even more trophies for NZIODA age groups.  

  • 1st overall Josh Schon- Auckland Opti Champion Cup
  • 3rd overall Braydon Hamilton  
  • Age Group trophies: Opti Green- 1st 10yrs Alex Norman; 3rd 12yrs Brody Cooper. Opti Open- 1st 11yrs George Rush; 2nd 11yrs Robbie Wooldridge; 2nd 12 yrs Josh Hyde
  • 1st Josh Schon 2016 Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, Optimist Open
  • Results at Maraetai BC


Image: Josh Schon & Brayden Hamilton 

What's on this summer

Make a plan to build up to the 2016 NZL Optimist Nationals. The Nats are being held in Auckland so its a great opportunity to have Wakatere's biggest number of entries ever. Green fleet or Open fleet, give it your best shot and attend one of these regattas or clinics this summer - 

  • Jan 11-15 NZIODA Eastern Beach Opti Clinic. Registration closed
  • Jan 12-15 Opti Accelerate Course. Run by Wakatere for club members in C2/LTR/Green / REGISTRATION
  • Jan 19-22 Hamilton OptiSail / Hamilton YC / REGISTRATION  
  • Jan 26-28 Zealous High Performance Opti Clinic / Royal Akarana YC / REGISTRATION
  • Jan 30-Feb 1 Opti Auckland Champs / Maraetai SC REGATTA WEBSITE 
  • Feb 1 Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta / Optis at Maraetai /  REGATTA WEBSITE 
  • Feb 6-8 Junior Sail Auckland / Kohi YC / REGISTRATION
  • Feb 19-21 InterIslander / QCYC Picton / QCYC 
  • Mar 25-29 NZL Optimist Nationals / Kohi YC / REGATTA WEBSITE 


Always more at NZIODA 



A Sunday Destination


On Sunday 29th November the Optimist sailors set out for a destination sail to Takapuna Beach. With a light southerly, sailors practiced their downwind technique with some great 'kiting' skills being displayed on the trip north. When we arrived at Takapuna the north easterly swell had clearly increased, and landing on the beach would have been too risky for sailors and their boats. So ice creams were distributed from the patrol boats, which required some close quarters boat handling practice from the sailors, well done all. The sail home was challenging, as the wind died and the ebb tide started, so a tow home was required.

Thanks to all the parents helping out on the day, both in boats, on the shore at Wakatere and also our ice cream delivery to Takapuna.

We were joined by the Focus Photography Auckland group at Narrow Neck and Margaret Stanley has kindly shared these photos.

A reminder that there is no sailing at Wakatere next Sunday 6th Dec due to the Sir Peter Blake Regatta at Torbay. But don't forget to give the Wakatere Junior Regatta a go in the Opti Green fleet the following week on Saturday 12 Dec. Decide on the day.

The remaining 2015 dates for C1/C2 are Sunday 13 Dec  & Sunday 20 Dec. Then we take a long break for the school holidays and resume Sunday 4 Feb 2016


Eastern Beach bookings CLOSE Fri 4th Dec

Registration is open for the NZIODA Eastern Beach Clinic 11th - 15th Jan 2016. This is a January live-in Opti Camp.

The target is ALL Open fleet sailors in NZ. It is also for Green fleet sailors who are at a competent level of fleet sailing and already attending regattas. Sir Peter Blake + Wakatere Jnr Regatta results can be added to your registration later. This year Wakatere is organizing the Clinic.

- For any questions about registering contact Wakatere's Deb Cashmore 

- Full camp conditions & link to registration - CLICK HERE

- Wakatere's NZIODA Rep: Bob McCutcheon

- NZIODA website  

- NZIODA Facebook 


The scene has been set in Napier


2015 Optimist North Island Championship was held in Napier 13-15 November. It was a very competitive Open Fleet regatta with 110 sailors + 34 Green fleet, sailors came from as far south as Dunedin & Canterbury, north from Bay of Islands, east as New Plymouth, and west as Australia.  It was great to have an Australian contingent of 8 sailors to increase the intensity (2 in top 10 / 5 in top 22), including former AUS National Champ and 5th in 2015 worlds Otto Henry (21st overall in Napier).

As with all national ranking regattas, there was a mix of challenging conditions for the sailors in the open ocean of Napier.  Day 1 was SW shifty breeze of 5-20 knots, cold, rain, hail, sun, and that was just the first leg of the course!  Day 2 was NE 7 knots with ocean swell and chop on top.  Day 3 was light NE/E flat water and sailors that picked the breeze shifting right did well.

Wakatere was the top club in the results by a large margin with key performances including:

- Largest number of sailors with 18 Open and 2 Green
- 10 sailors in 55 strong Open Gold fleet (that’s almost 20% of the NZ Gold fleet)
- 6 of the top 11 NZ Open sailors overall (that’s 55% of top 11)  
- Current NZ ranking is:
  • 2nd Robbie McCutcheon (age 14)
  • 5th Joshua Hyde (age 11) 
  • 7th Luke Cashmore (age 14) 
  • 8th Francesco Kayrouz (age 13) 
  • 9th Josh Schon (age 12) 
  • 11th Ella Gladwell (age 13)


- 6 Trophies in Open and 1 in Green:

  • 2nd  Overall: Robbie McCutcheon
  • 1st Girl: Ella Gladwell
  • 1st 11 year old: Joshua Hyde
  • 1st 10 year old: George Lee Rush
  • 2nd 10 year old: Robbie Wooldridge
  • 3rd 12 year old: Josh Schon
  • 2nd Green Fleet overall: Kaan Yazici


There are several notable elements to this performance.  Firstly, Wakatere have a high number and percentage of sailors in Open fleet, in Gold fleet, and ranked in top 11 in NZ.  Secondly, Wakatere had a great performance at the top end of Open fleet overall and age group prizes.  Third, the high number of younger age sailors performing at top end that are coming through the ranks.  This sets the scene for a great season for Wakatere and beyond.

The sailors have all worked hard to achieve, and it is fantastic to see this translating to great results on the racecourse.  Thanks to all the Wakatere parents and coaches for enabling the sailors to keep sailing!

Team Wakatere - sailors & coaches


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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