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35 Races Later

Well done to all our junior club members who competed in the Auckland Winter Sprint Series over the last 4 months and 35 races later! 

It was set up so that all of the Travelling and Development Teams could receive coaching and racing during the Winter, many of them flying in from other parts of the country every weekend. It's also a great series for all our junior club members to mix it with the best and get a head start for the new season. Racing was hosted by several Auckland clubs on a rotating basis.  

Wakatere did well - 

Opti OpenRobbie McCutcheon 1st; Francesco Kayrouz 3rd; Luke Cashmore 6th. 

Opti Green: Ben Holroyd 2nd; Will Sims 5th. Final results HERE 

Robbie McCutcheon at the Opti NAMS in July.  Image by Matias Capizziano


Lots of new season Opti information

Opti Info Night: Our Optimist Information Night will be on Tuesday 22 September at the club. (This is different to the date on our programme). This is for all Optimist sailors and parents at all levels to find out more about our coaching options and overall focus this season. Input welcome.   

Sunday Opti Programme: There will be a change to the Sunday Programme this season. The C1 & C2 groups will continue as before with parent coaches while the Sunday morning Race Group that starts at 10:30 will have a qualified coach and the fees will reflect this change. to be advised 

The Sunday Programme will start on Sun 27 Sept. Bookings will be open shortly on our Wakatere Bookings page 

Opti Open & Green Fleet Coaching: The after school and Saturday coaching programme for the Open 5*, Open 4* and Green Fleet will start after daylight savings begins (27 Sept) and after the Stack Winter Champs.  

Learn to Sail: We are running four Learn to Sail courses during the Sept/Oct 2015 school holidays. Those on our waiting list have been advised. It operates on a first come, first served basis. 

If you have access to your own Opti to use for the course and the course is fully booked, contact our Coordinator for an additional placement. Course info - Wakatere Booking page

Membership: All sailors must be members of Wakatere BC to receive coaching at Wakatere. It must be renewed each season (Sept-Sept). See our membership app - click here 

Upcoming events:  

1.     Sunday 20th September - Bart’s Bash at Wakatere. One short race at Wakatere and lots of fun sailing alongside adult classes. Some Olympic sailors, world class Maxi sailors & AC sailors to mingle with. Our juniors will be well looked after so get your online entry and don’t wait for race day. We won't send you out if the weather isn't great but we need your online entry now. 

-       Wakatere Regatta Docs page with race information

-       Barts Bash website to SIGN UP 

2.     2nd – 4th October Stack Winter Champs. Pre-regatta coaching 29 – 30 Sept / Regatta 2 – 4 October. Conveniently in the school holidays, many juniors make the most of this week. Murrays Bay Sailing Club





NZIODA regatta dates for the new season


Ranking Regatta dates for 2015/2016 season are now available so mark your calendars. Largely Auckland based (luckily for you), consider combining the other out of town venues with a family weekend away - 

 The 2015/2016 seasons ranking regattas are as follows:

  • North Island Champs: 13-15 November 2015 at Napier SC.

  • Auckland Champs: 30 January -1 February 2016 at Maraetai SC.

  • Interislander Champs: 19 February – 21 February 2016 at QCYC Picton.

  • NZIODA Nationals: 25 March – 29 March 2016 at Kohi, Auckland. 


  • Pre-Nats: 6 February – 8 February 2016 at KYC

  • Teams racing: 7 February 2016 at KYC 

  •  The most recent Newsletter from the New Zealand Optimist Association is available - HERE

  •  NZIODA website  

  •  NZIODA facebook 


The Winter Sessions

As well as the AK Winter Sprint Series, Wakatere is running its own coaching program for Opti & Feva junior WBC club members on alternate Saturday afternoons. The Winter Sessions will operate at the club from 1:00 – 4:00pm and be run by a qualified coach. Time to grab some extra layers and don’t forget your beanie! 

OPTI WINTER SESSIONS are targeted at those new to the Open fleet this season and Green fleet sailors with a few regattas under their belts.  Basic skills, some fun racing and building some club camaraderie. Coordinator: Gordon Sims simsgordon@gmail.com

FEVA WINTER SESSIONS are to keep your skills honed for next season and to get more comfortable in the boat. Club Fevas provided and sailors new to the Feva class should contact Class Rep Simon Probert for his approval before booking. Coordinator: Simon Probert sprobertnz@gmail.com 

DATES: Sat 30th May; 13th June; 4 July; 11 July; 25 July; 8 August; 22 August

FULL DETAILS: Wakatere BC Bookings page  

Opti in Antarctica image shared from the International Optimist website



A celebration and fundraiser

Four of our junior club sailors (Robbie McCutcheon, Francesco Kayrouz, Alice Haslett & Luke Cashmore) qualified for the Optimist International Champs in North America, Europe and Asia. 

For the first time, all the NZL Opti teams have joined forces to train & fund-raise together, culminating in a night of fun and good company before they head overseas. Here is some background on the group - click here

Join us in supporting them at the NZL Opti Teams Fundraising Dinner on Saturday 27 June @ 7:30pm at Wakatere

- Buy a ticket by calling Susanne  027 307 5070

- Or bid online - NZL Opti Team 2015 Auction (closes Sunday 28 June) 

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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