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.