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Auckland Champs coming to a place near you

The next regatta for you is at your home club as Wakatere BC is host to the Optimist Auckland Champs. This is a 3 day regatta from Sat 24 Jan - Mon 26 Jan 2015. The Starling class will also race as a separate fleet. Sailors entered can also opt to have the Monday reults count as having sailed the Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta - 2 regattas in one day at the same venue. Awesome.

See our Regatta Docs page for all the information and get your online entry in Wakatere BC Regatta Docs

 

 

2014 Opti North Islands in Taupo 7-9 Nov

This is coming up rather fast now. See the Lake Taupo YC website links below for all the latest information. 

The Wakatere group look in good shape and looking forward to the road trip, fresh water and hot pools.

Thanks to Angus, Matt Cashmore and Peter Tomlinson for offering to tow a coach boat to Taupo.  I have a spare trailer that can easily accommodate a tiller steer RIB if anyone wanted to tow that down as well?  If we get fresh Southerly conditions the additional support boat becomes very valuable.

With just over a week until we are racing it's good to go over all gear and do a basic boat maintenance check. Starting with the obvious arm yourself with plenty of warm gear and hope we don't have to deploy it! 

If you are a late entry, let class rep Ian Stewart know - Ian.stewart432@gmail.com

North Island Championship

Lake Taupo Yacht Club

November 7th-9th

Lake Taupo Yacht Club will be hosting the 2014 North Island Championship.

This regatta is the first optimist ranking regatta for the 2014/15 season.

 Notice of Race

Entry Form

 

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

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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