2013 Opti North Islands

The 2013 Opti North islands were held at New Plymouth on November 15-17. It is the first of the 2013/2014 NZIODA ranking regattas to select sailors for the 2014 Overseas regattas.

New Plymouth is an exposed venue so we were fortunate to have light conditions for the weekend. There were more than 100 sailors in the Open fleet, so the fleet was split into two flights and then into Gold and Silver in the last day. Reflecting the venue, there were 34 boats in the Green fleet.

We had 16 sailors attending from WBC, all sailing in the Open fleet, with plenty of support from parents and coaches, led by Rob Hielkema.

The regatta was won by Scott McKenzie from Kohi who showed real skill to retain his consistency in what were challenging conditions.

It is clear that the Australian sailors are improving each year as they took second and third places. Top WBC sailor was Jordan Stevenson in 6th, with a large cluster of WBC sailors  finishing in and around the 20's.

Rob did a great job helping to lift the skills of the newer open fleet sailors, especially Victor Allen and Patrick Calver who moved up the fleet quickly.


Results at http://www.sportsground.co.nz/files/site/553/3/Pdf/131117173007SRXDHLFN.pdf



2013 Stack Winter Champs

The Annual Stack winter champs, held at Murrays Bay during the October school holidays is a regatta not to be missed by our Opti sailors. There is a three day coaching clinic held before  the event, at which our sailors are exposed to some of the best coaches in NZ and many other Opti sailors from around the country.

The conditions were light for the regatta, with Robbie McCutcheon and Greta Stewart showing great speed and good decision making throughout the weekend ending up in 2nd and 4th respectively. Ben Beasley showed how much progress can be made by sailing all winter finishing a credible 11th, whilst Jono Weston showed his experience to come in 6th. It was great to see new faces Luke Tomlison coming to Open fleet regattas, whilst Lachie Stewart and Lillie Brewer sailed in what was a small green fleet.

Thanks to Rob Hielkema for running a fun coaching program for the weekend!

Results at http://www.murraysbay.org/upload/usermedia/files/47784/2013%20winchamps%20opti%20open%20final.pdf

Green fleet at http://www.murraysbay.org/upload/usermedia/files/47784/2013%20winchamps%20opti%20green%20final.pdf


2013 Ice Breaker Regatta

The Ice Breaker is the first regatta of the summer season and the last of the Winter sprint series. It is held each year at Lake Pupuke and hosted by Murrays Bay Sailing Club. This year WBC was well represented, with Jono Weston coming third and with Jordan Stevenson and Xanthe Copeland both in the top 10 in the fleet of 31. Robbie McCutcheon and Ben Beasley made good progress up the Open fleet ranks, whilst Lachie  Stewart sailed in the Green fleet.

Full results are at:



Greta Kate and Victor become superstars in SFO!

Whilst the rest of us are trying to keep warm and dry in winter, Kate and Greta Stewart and Victor Allen are making the most of their time in San Francisco with dad's Ian and Joey with ETNZ. They just sailed in a BIC fun regatta and were caught after racing by the TV cameras - take a look by going to www.youtube.com and seaching for AC Youth kids

What’s on during the winter months for Optimists?

NZL Opti sailors overseas

Follow the 2013 NZ representative sailors overseas through these links–

NZIODA Facebook page

Optinam Bermuda Facebook page

NZL European Team Facebook page

NZL Opti Worlds Team Facebook page

Bob’s Wakatere Winter Fun Racing

Fun racing for all Opti levels on most Saturday afternoons in winter at Wakatere. There will be a short briefing at 2PM and then head on the water. Off the water by 4PM at the latest. The racing is short course and either triangle or windward/leeward sprint racing. It’s the perfect racing for everyone from C1 & C2 sailors, our Sunday Race group and all the way to Open fleet sailors. Parent volunteers essential. Dates confirmed by email to club members in our Opti updates. This is supposed to be 'fun' racing so we will cancel if the conditions are tricky with last minutes changes posted on our Wakatere Facebook page.

Auckland Winter Sprint Series

The AWSS is a bi-weekly series that runs all winter and moves between Wakatere, Kohi and Murray’s Bay and was a huge success last year and this year has seen regular fleets of 30+ boats. The series consists of three or four sprint races for Open and Green fleets. The racing starts with a briefing by a coach at approximately 12:50 and the first warning signal at 13:25. $20 casual entry payable on the day. AKWSS Facebook page




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Murrays Bay

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31 Aug 2013


14 Sept 2013

Lake Pupuke/Murrays Bay

Force Racing Opti Clinics

Andrew Brown from Force Racing is running a very successful and valuable Sunday winter training program on Lake Pupuke for coming months. Be rigged and ready for briefing at 9:30am – coaching finished at 12:30pm (Afternoon Lake Pupuke Boating Club racing starts at 1:30pm).  The key dates are as follows:

  • May 26th 2013 (May 20 bookings close)
  • June 30th 2013 (June 24)
  • AMMENDED DATE July 21th 2013 (July 22)
  • AMMENDED DATE August 4th 2013 (August 5)
  • Sept 8th 2013 (Sept 2)

Parents - this training program is always very well attended and so Andrew requires you to please register with him if you would like your sailor to attend. Drop him an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lake Pupuke Sunday Racing

There is afternoon racing on Lake Pupuke from 13:30 on most Sundays. Usually $5 casual entry. See the dates at Lake Pupuke Boating Club

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