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


Club juniors in Noumea

 Wakatere sailors in NZIODA Development Team @ Noumea

Two Wakatere sailors made the NZIODA Development Team this year comprised of 10 young sailors (5 eleven + 5 twelve year olds): Josh Schon (12) & Joshua Hyde (11).  The team had an intensive training program in Sept / Oct in NZ prior to travelling to Noumea for heavy wind training and to compete in the New Caledonian Optimist Nationals.  This year the Australian Development Team also joined the training and racing in Noumea, so the competition was more intense.  Winds were higher than normal this year, with only one of seven sailing days < 20 knots.  This was challenging for the younger and smaller sailors, however they made significant performance improvements.

Results for the Wakatere sailors were: 

  • Josh Schon: 1st NZ, 1st NZ age group, 5th overall all ages

  • Joshua Hyde: 2nd NZ age group, 19th overall all ages

Something for everyone

Wakatere has five Optimist coaching options available for this half of the 2015/2016 season - something for all levels of ability, commitment and budget.  

The overriding objective is to provide a range of options that encourages junior sailors long-term involvement and love of sailing. We aim to build a cohesive group of kids that integrate across all levels of Opti sailing and build a sense of pride in their club. We also aim to provide a fun and social environment for kids and parents. 

Everyone engaged in coaching at the club must be a financial member of Wakatere BC and have completed a certified Learn to Sail course.  Learn to Sail is not a 'coaching' option but we keep a waiting list for our next course. Click here to register your interest 


2015 Coaching options and costs:

  • Sunday Confidence 1 & Confidence 2 - $150 whole season
  • Sunday Learn to Race - $115 Oct - Dec
  • Green - $350 Oct - Dec
  • 4 Star - $400 Oct - Dec
  • 5 Star - $550 Oct - Dec


Brief description of Sunday options: The Sunday sessions begin nice and early with our parent led C1 & C2 groups. This is our entry level session to club coaching and sailing at Wakatere. This builds to our Sunday Learn to Race group a bit later on Sunday morning with a YNZ qualified coach running the session.  Sailors should have spent some time in C1 or C2 before joining the Learn to Race group. To find out more and to book a place, look for the two red Sunday logo options on our EVENTS / Bookings page  

Brief description of Green, 4 & 5 Star options: Wakatere has 3 coaching groups to choose from which cover after school and Saturday coaching sessions. All with YNZ qualified coaches. They are called Green, 4 Star & 5 Star coaching groups. It is hoped that these sailors will enter regattas in the Open or Green fleet and work towards the Optimist Nationals at Easter 2016. Sailors should be sailing confidently and be keen to improve. For a more detailed description of each option go straight to the Booking - GREEN, 4 STAR, 5 STAR BOOKING



School Holiday Learn to Sail

This could be you this summer!

Wakatere is running four Learn to Sail courses for juniors in the Sept/Oct school holidays. Places with Club Optis are fully booked but we can accommodate more sailors if you have your own Opti or can borrow a friend's for the course. All courses run for 4 consecutives days from 9am -3pm. 

The remaining course still open for bookings is - COURSE 4: Thurs 8th - Sun 11th Oct. Must have own Opti. 

This is an ideal time to get started and make the most of a long summer of sailing. For more details and to book a place, see our EVENTS / Bookings page


Opti Info Night


Tuesday 22 Sept 7pm at Wakatere

Wakatere is holding an Optimist Class Information Night.  It’s a get together for parents, reps & coaches to chat about plans for our Opti sailors this season. We’ll cover Sunday Coaching, Green fleet & Open fleet, coaching and sailing – all levels. It will be informative and brief so you won’t be at the Club for too long on a school night.

We hope to see at least one parent from every junior sailor’s family participating.  


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Narrow Neck Beach, Devonport
Box 32-288,
North Shore City 0744

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