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

Optis overseas

Asian Champs March 2014

On Sunday Robbie McCutcheon and Tess Patterson leave NZ for the Asian Champs in Bahrain. We are hugely proud to have two sailors in the Asians squad again this year and wish them and their coach Sam all the best for what we hope will be an exciting and successful trip.

Keep an eye on the NZ Opti Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NZIODA

Event website -http://www.optimistasian-bahrain2014.com/

All Japan Regatta May 2014

Congratulations to Francesco Kayrouz from the Optimist fleet and Celia Willison from the Starling fleet for their NZ selection to attend the All Japan Junior Yacht Club Regatta next month. The event is a national inter-club regatta for junior classes in Japan and will be sailed from Wakasu, Tokyo - the venue for sailing events at the 2020 Olympics. Francesco will sail an Opti and Celia will sail a Laser 4.7.



2014 Auckland Champs Opti Report

Auckland Champs 25 - 27 Jan 2014

Last weekend saw 28 Wakatere sailors attend the Auckland Champs and National Teams Ranking Regatta at Kohi.  Conditions were mostly in the challenging to difficult range with a solid day of 20+ knots on the Monday and gusts well into the 30's. Everyone put in a huge effort just to complete the racing and there were a number of notable performance over the weekend.  Leading our Open fleet again was Jordan Stevenson who finished 8th with Xanthe Copeland right behind and top girl in 9th. Quickly followed by Mr Consistent Jono Weston in 11th and Jono Nicholas and Greta Stewart in 19th and 20th respectively. Robbie McCutcheon and Xanthe also continued their form during the qualifying series with race wins which made a huge impact on their final results. Congratulations to Alice Haslett who won the Open Silver fleet!

In Green fleet we had one of our best Wakatere turnouts at a regatta in years and this really shows the huge progress our Green fleet sailors are making. With more Sunday Coaching sailors signing up all the time, the Waka Green fleet will be a force to be reckoned with come the Nationals.  From a results standpoint top dog and first girl was Danielle Schon in 9th followed by her bro Josh in 15th and a great result for Dominic Tomlinson in 22nd. These sailors have really shown the benefit of joining the Tuesday and Saturday coaching programs and have all made huge progress this year.


Simon Probert

Wakatere BC Opti Rep

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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