The Interislander Optimist Challenge was held in Picton 20th - 22 Feb 2015. 11 Wakatere Optis sailors and their families headed south for the regatta including a very full club trailer with 9 Optis on the ferry across the Cooks Strait. Another 2 made their own way.
The weather for the first day was glorious with a 6 - 12 knot range. The Green fleet had an optional coaching day on Day 1 and everyone took advantage of the calm sailing conditions to test the water.
Day 2 was sunny with the breeze building to 15 knots (gusting to 20) in the afternoon - not all the Green fleet were enjoying it at that stage but the clouds descended and the breeze lightened for the all important Day 3. As a NZ Ranking Regatta this regatta counts towards team selection for the Open fleet with opportunities to travel and sail in the coming months to some very foreign and exotic countries.
Our sailors did really well in the competitive fleet - 90 in the Open fleet and 46 in the Green fleet with most gradually moving up each day. It was great to see that we had top placings-
Congratulations to Robbie McCutcheon for winning his 2nd NZ Ranking Regatta this season with a 1st overall in the Opti Open fleet and to Carrington Brady 3rd overall in the Opti Green Fleet.
The Interislander Trophy was won by Wakatere Boating Club. The trophy is awarded by the age group placing’s in both Optimist fleets with the 'Island of Origin' Open fleet winner taking it home.
Full results: http://www.qcyc.org.nz/
Well done to all sailors and parents, especially to Johnathan Eele for his team logistics and the Gifford & Gibbs families for the use of their coach and support boats in Picton. And to Angus Haslett for towing the mighty trailer there & back.
Thanks to Queen Charlotte Yacht Club for the wonderful hospitality. CLICK HERE for a QCYC press release
And thanks to all the parents who sent photos our way. See our Wakatere Facebook album