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NZIODA Feb 2015 newsletter

Don't miss the NZIODA newsletter for Feb 2015. This is from the NZ Optimist Association and they are keen to share their news with all Optimists

NZIODA e-News Feb 2015


Optimist Coaching PART 2

Club members have been advised of our Optimist coaching programmes for the second half of of the season - PART 2 we call it. 

There are plenty of regattas coming up, some serious and some not so serious, best to start training now so you can be part of the fun.  The regattas are posted on the NZIODA website 

These are the 2 bookings to look for on our bookings page - 

  • Optimist Open & Green Coaching fleet coaching (Jan - Apr). Choose either Opti Open 5* or Opti Open 4* or  Opti Green. 

  • Opti Sunday Coaching 2014/201 


Go to our EVENTS / Bookings page to register a place. Wakatere BC bookings page 

... and congratulations to all those who received recognition at the AK Champs prizegiving at the club. With a special mention of Wakatere's Robbie McCutcheon who won the Optimist Open Fleet AK Champs and also the Opti Open fleet Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta. 

 AK Champs photo by Richard Gladwell @ Sail-World NZ

Auckland Champs coming to a place near you

The next regatta for you is at your home club as Wakatere BC is host to the Optimist Auckland Champs. This is a 3 day regatta from Sat 24 Jan - Mon 26 Jan 2015. The Starling class will also race as a separate fleet. Sailors entered can also opt to have the Monday reults count as having sailed the Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta - 2 regattas in one day at the same venue. Awesome.

See our Regatta Docs page for all the information and get your online entry in Wakatere BC Regatta Docs



2014 Opti North Islands in Taupo 7-9 Nov

This is coming up rather fast now. See the Lake Taupo YC website links below for all the latest information. 

The Wakatere group look in good shape and looking forward to the road trip, fresh water and hot pools.

Thanks to Angus, Matt Cashmore and Peter Tomlinson for offering to tow a coach boat to Taupo.  I have a spare trailer that can easily accommodate a tiller steer RIB if anyone wanted to tow that down as well?  If we get fresh Southerly conditions the additional support boat becomes very valuable.

With just over a week until we are racing it's good to go over all gear and do a basic boat maintenance check. Starting with the obvious arm yourself with plenty of warm gear and hope we don't have to deploy it! 

If you are a late entry, let class rep Ian Stewart know - Ian.stewart432@gmail.com

North Island Championship

Lake Taupo Yacht Club

November 7th-9th

Lake Taupo Yacht Club will be hosting the 2014 North Island Championship.

This regatta is the first optimist ranking regatta for the 2014/15 season.

 Notice of Race

Entry Form


Optimist Season Underway - Oct 2014

The season is well underway with Wakatere sailors competing in the Icebreaker Regatta at Lake Pupuke, Bart's Bash at Wakatere and the Stack Winter Champs at MBSC. Here is a report of the Winter Champs from Class Rep Ian Stewart

The Stack Winter Champs lived up to its billing and was windy and wild.  Murray's Bay did well and squeezed a race in Friday morning before it absolutely piped in. The Optimist fleet caught the strong build near the end of their race which had all rescue boats busy rounding up the kids and making sure all made it back to shore safely. I was really impressed to see Ben Cate return to shore looking very much at ease with the conditions. 

Saturday was blown out and Sunday provided a great but testing 15 - 22 knot shifty SW breeze.  Robbie McCutcheon sailed really well and had a 1st place in his hands in race 1 and a top 10 finish overall.  This was a great result given the quality of the fleet.  Fran Kayrouz started and sailed well and is showing huge potential for the rest of the season. Luke Cashmore, Lachie Stewart and Victor Allen all had their outstanding moments and given a little more consistency will see their overall results rocket up the rankings. Good to see Ben Cate and Hugh Holroyd out there in Green fleet Sunday in good testing conditions.


The Lake Taupo Yacht Club are accepting entries for the North Island Champs. http://www.ltyc.org.nz/2014-ni-opti-champs-and-starling-regatta.html This is the first NZ ranking regatta for the year and a big event.  It would be great to see as many Wakatere Optimist sailors taking on the North Island Champs.  As the link indicates they will also be running a Starling regatta for those with older siblings keen to get out for the weekend.  

Please let your coach know if you are going to Taupo. We will put a good support structure around those travelling. Great hot pools after sailing. 

CLUB COACHING  Update 7 Oct 2014 

Coaching is also underway for Opti Open, Opti Green and the Sunday Coaching groups.

  • Contact Class Rep for Opti Open & Opti Green details.
  • Contact AM Coordinator for any queries about the Sunday Coaching programme or see EVENTS at the top of this page and click Bookings for the online registration. 
  • Contact details are on our Contact Us page. 

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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