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