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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. 

2014 Winter Sailing

Just to remind everyone there is plenty of winter sailing for those who want to -

Lake Pupuke

There is Sunday racing at Lake Pupuke every week and there should be a good Wakatere gathering most Sundays. This can be an ideal venue to learn how to spot the wind and pick your way in the shifty lake conditions, as well as line up with some of the travelling Optimist teams.  All keen Opti sailors, of all levels should be there. Racing starts at 1:30pm and they usually have 2 or 3 races back to back. $5 casual entry. Pupuke Boating Club 

Auckland Winter Sprint Series

Saturday afternoon sprint racing - great for starting, positioning and mark rounding practice.  The remaining dates are : 21 June - Kohi ; 5 July - Wakatere ; 19 July - Murrays Bay ; 2 August - Frenchs Bay ; 16 August - Manly ; 30 August - Kohi. Definitely mark your calendar for the next date at Wakatere - 5th July!More information on our Wakatere Opti Portal or the  AWSS Facebook page

 Force Racing Lake Clinic

These clinics are held at Lake Pupuke on selected Sunday mornings and then sailors can enter the afternoon racing at the Lake to put it all into practice. The next date is Sunday 17 August. (Nothing in July). $20 per sailor / 9:30 - 12:30 / email Andrew Brown NO LATER than 11 August so he can organise coaches - andrew@forceracing.co.nz

Wakatere Winter Fun

This fun and informal Saturday afternoon sailing for Optis needs parent coaches and parent support. It only operates in good weather or it just wouldn't be fun would it? Parents If you are able to help, maybe for a few dates and job share with someone, email Simon - sprobertnz@gmail.com


Auckland Junior Winter Sprint Series

The Auckland Junior Winter Sprint Series is back for 2014! This Saturday afternoon series is for Open & Green fleet Optimists, P Class & Starlings. Up to 4 races scheduled with $20 cash entry fee payable on the day.
It moves this year between Kohi, Murrays Bay, Wakatere and Manly we also add a visit to up and coming club Frenchs Bay which is a wonderful piece of water to sail in.

Registration 12:30 - 13:00

Briefing: 12:50


Set these dates aside - 17 May - Kohi ; 24 May - Wakatere ; 7 June - Murrays Bay ; 21 June - Kohi ; 5 July - Wakatere ; 19 July - Murrays Bay ; 2 August - Frenchs Bay ; 16 August - Manly ; 30 August - Kohi


See the Facebook page for all the information -

Auckland Junior Winter Sprint Series Facebook



2014 Opti Nationals, Manly, Whangaparoa

 pictured - Wakatere's Opti Green fleet at the 2014 Nationals

The 2014 Optimist Nationals held over Easter was sailed in challenging conditions as a tropical cyclone played around the fringes of New Zealand. Despite the strong winds associated with the cyclone, the race management team managed to hold a successful regatta. 

Congratulations to the top New Zealand sailors Scott McKenzie (KYC) first; Sam Bacon Worser Bay second; and Kerensa Jennings (MBSC) third overall and first girl. Thirty seven sailors from Wakatere took part.

Jordan Stevenson from Sandspit/Wakatere placed 6th overall, and Xanthe Copeland placed 10th overall and second female - well done, and also to all those who took part in an exciting regatta. Also well placed in the 160 boat fleet were Jonathon Weston 13th, Greta Stewart 19th, Robbie McCutcheon 21st, and Francesco Kayrouz 51st - all of whom competed in the gold division of the Open fleet. 

Approximately 22 Wakatere sailors competed in the 114 boat Green fleet regatta. This division is for the less experienced sailor who is still learning to race, however in a fleet of this size and strong winds they will have found themselves needing to draw on all their resources to make it around the race track - well done!!  

FULL RESULTSfor both Open and Green fleet go to the NZIODA dedicated website

For a final roundup of the regatta as well as some photos go to Sail-World

For some more photographs taken at the regatta go to gnomeplanet

Opti Teams Racing report

Thurs 17 April 2014

Quick update for all Opti sailors from the NZL Optimist Yachting Trust National Interclub & Open Team Racing Champs at Manly yesterday-

Great day's sailing at the Manly Pre-National Team's Racing with blustery Northerlies of 15 - 22 knots. The racing was held very close to the beach which meant decent sized waves and action. The hardest task of the day was launching and retrieving the support boats!

Wakatere was well represented by Jono Weston, Jordan Stevenson, Xanthe Copeland and Greta Stewart.  The team finished the round robin tied for first with Murrays Bay and the Australian team but unfortunately on count back were ranked back to 3rd which gave them the hard road through the finals. They raced well through the day and pulled off a couple of perfect combination 1,2,3 4 finishes. There were some great team tactics and boat handling.

The Wakatere team came up against the feisty Australian team in the semi-final knock outs and had a ding dong race with a lot of yelling and animation coming from the Australians. The final beat had plenty of drama and highlighted team's racing at its best with many place changes as the teams tried to calculate and execute the best finishing combination to win.  Both teams finished equal on 18 points and again Wakatere were unlucky to lose on a count back.  The Australians went on to the finals to be narrowly beaten by Murrays Bay in the best of 3 races. Our Wakatere team were 3rd overall.

The prize giving was a highlight with some of the best prizes seen at any regatta - remote control helicopters, portable speakers, high end sailing gear, rugby balls......  All competitors got a prize and it was a really fun day had by all and great to sail as a team.

Good luck to all for the Nationals starting on Good Friday

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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