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Upper North Island Team’s Racing Championships Murray’s Bay PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Stewart   
Monday, 30 January 2012 11:50

I was really impressed with our three Wakatere teams which competed in the Upper North Island team’s racing trials at Murray’s Bay on Saturday. There was, understandably, a bit of apprehension from the youngsters as it was a new event, however everyone sailed well and all had their moments to shine.

With a shifty SSW breeze that pulsed in quite fresh at times, short courses and a round robin format for 9 teams, there was plenty of action.  The improvement and understanding for teams racing as the day progressed was a pleasure to watch. 


At the end of the round robin, Wakatere 1 of Airi, Jono Weston, Kate and James GG were tied for 1st place with Kohi 1 but were given 2nd place on a countback. Their highlight was beating Murrays Bay 1; which was stacked with hot shots; with a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th placing.  During the day there were some well thought out moves. My favourite from Jono Weston was when he managed to luff a group of opposition boats before rounding the bottom mark which allowed his team mates to slide past and into the top 3 spots.  


Wakatere 2 was well led by Harry and with Xanthe, Celia, and Jess they mixed it up well with all teams and gave the Waka Green team a real run in their race.  All sailed well. Celia’s confidence with the red flag was great.


Wakatere 3 aka “The 3 Rabbits” Robbie, Louie and Greta were particularly good to watch and showed a style of all 3 sailing fast around the track.  Louie had a couple of wins and they all crossed the line ahead of a few top ranked players. Unfortunately they were missing their 4th team mate so had to count an 8th place in each race.  They had a blast and gained a lot of confidence.


It appeared to me that everyone really enjoyed the format and racing. Our

Waka 1 team went on to qualify for the Volvo Teams’ Racing Event which will be held near the Viaduct basin during the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race stopover.


Thanks to Charlie and Briar for the coaching coordination. We have a great platform to launch into future teams racing.

Thanks to Minori for taking some great photos, which are found at!/media/set/?set=a.243272179100923.56807.100002544288253&type=3

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 March 2012 11:26
2011 Opti Pre Worlds in Napier PDF Print E-mail
Written by Opti Guy   
Friday, 13 January 2012 11:26

There were some beautiful sailing and training days there with 10-20 knot North Easterlies - real Champagne sailing conditions. The sailors learnt a lot, and were pleasantly suprised that they can foot it with some of the best in the world if they work their boats really hard and start on the line and at the right end.

Tim Adair had a storming first day,  as did Markus, however gear damage on Markus's charter boat put paid to a top finish for him, but Tim finished in 27th. Airi and Aidan managed to get top 100 finishes in the fleet of 205. James Grover Grey showed contiued great progress to get 109th, whilst other Wakatere sailors had great individual races from time to time.

The sailors found it exciting to be sailing against sailors from countries such and Mozambique and Slovenia.

Napier Sailing club put on an outstanding event.

Full results at

Minori took some great shots and has generously loaded them up for us to see at!/profile.php?id=100002544288253&sk=photos


Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2012 11:51
Wakatere Junior Regatta 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Opti Guy   
Thursday, 15 December 2011 18:09

The 2011 Wakatere Junior regatta presented some challenging North Easterly breezes and choppy conditions.

It was great to see 65 Optis across the Open and Green fleet, and it was especially good to see clubs such as Pt Chevalier and Clarks Beach represented.

There were 34 Optis on the water from Wakatere, including some new green fleet sailors who really stepped up and tried to have a go in the conditions, and some Green fleeters who stepped up to the Open fleet for the first time with some great success ( Alp Semiz in 11th!, Emily Dol in 21st).

It bought a smile to everyones faces to see Airi Kawana win the Open fleet - Airi was sailing in Green fleet just over a year ago, and he has trained diligently ever since, including a lot of time on the water over winter. It was great too to see Jono Weston in second, at 11 years old, fresh from his sailing in New Caledonia.

Brock Browne, from Manly, weighing in at what looks like 15kg!! won the Green fleet..and in doing so proved that small sailors can do well in the breezy conditions if they use the right techniques and hike out hard.

Well done to all of the sailors. The home baked cakes in the club afterwards, sausage sizzle and mystery spot prizes rewarded the sailors efforts!

Thanks to all of the club volunteers who assisted in making this a great day for the sailors. Special thanks to PRO Dean Coleman for getting the races away so efficiently.

Results are at

We ran the trackers - see ( look for the Wakatere Junior regatta on the right side of the page). It makes for interesting watching, even if one or two boat names may be mixed up in translation!!



Last Updated on Monday, 19 December 2011 15:21
New Caledonia Open Opti Champs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Opti Guy   
Monday, 12 December 2011 13:13




Each year, based off results from the Opti Nationals, a group of young, developing sailors are given the opportunity to attend this event.

This year, based off his Nationals results, 11 year old Jono Weston was included in the team.

The breezes are generally fresh and the waters warm, so its a perfect place to go sailing...the kids can hit the water whilst the parents sample the French food and Briar coaches, running at 100 miles an hour ....just kidding, the parents were helping out!

The photo of Jono tells it all really.

It was a great event and Jono ended up 6th. The event was won by fellow New Zealander 12 year old Alistair Gifford from the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club in Picton.

The results are found at

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 06:17
Mahurangi Schools year 7-10 regatta PDF Print E-mail
Written by Opti guy   
Monday, 12 December 2011 13:00

It seems that the Wakatere sailors enjoy the Opportunity to attend mid week sailing regattas...and who would blame them!

Around half of the 28 Opti sailors who attended the annual Mahurangi Schools regatta on 28 November came from Wakatere.

The waters off Sandspit yacht club are protected and pleasant, and the regatta was a relaxed event, although most of the top sailors were there.

Tim Adair won the Optis with consistency in what were shifty and variable breezes. Markus Somerville was second. There were 7 Wakatere sailors in the top 12 places.

Full results are at:

If you didn't make it this year, pencil it in for next year!

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