A Green Fleet Perspective

Friday 1st April was a tough start for all of the green fleeters at the 2015 Optimist Nationals. Despite gusts of 25+kts, all the sailors were eager to get out on the water. With 30 seconds to go, the start line is bedlam with upturned boats and screams as boats collide. Wind thunders past frightened faces and into sails. Kids hike until their thighs burn and their boat is flat. Calm for once, until they realise the next gust is about to hit. With capsizes, nosedives, you name it, only one race was sailed due to the challenging conditions.

Photo shared on Flickr by SameJ 

Saturday 2nd was blown out for both fleets so most of Wakatere headed to Te Papa. Sunday was a lot calmer and more successful for most people. We had four races, two in the morning and two in the afternoon with a short break in between for lunch. 15kts was the maximum.

Monday was an exciting day in all as the wind suited some but not others and places changed rapidly. Two races were completed but sadly, the third was abandoned. Tuesday was by far the windiest day so sailing was once again called off. Prize giving proceeded afterwards without too much trouble.

Congratulations to Wakatere sailors Nick Probert, Ben Holroyd, George Lee Rush and Timothy Cashmore for braving the windy Wellington conditions.

By George Lee Rush Age: 10 

Pictured - George Lee Rush - Dawson Trophy for Notable Sportsmanship

2015 Optimist Nationals and the Open Fleet

We have a report on the Optimist Nationals from one of our Open fleet sailors Santenay Jordan - 

The Optimist Nationals 2015 started off with of course, WIND on Thursday as a welcome to Wellington. The 17 of us Wakatere Open fleet kids got our boats checked and we were ready for the regatta.  Registration was all go [as Luke showed off his sticker sticking skills] and a sense of anticipation throughout the tents and compounds formed for the 150 Open fleet sailors and their eager support crews.

Friday was a very challenging day, but so much fun! We sailed four races with the wind getting up there. The swell was pretty big as well making the reach unbelievably fast. Due to all to the conditions, there were several breakages and races not completed by some of our team.  Surprisingly it was not as cold as we all had expected.

There was no racing on Saturday because it was too windy. Some of the Wakatere crew went to Te Papa and cruised around Wellington’s water front. On Sunday we sailed four races again, the conditions less tough than Friday and the wind out of the south rather than the NW.

Sunday was a day that most people made up for their tough Friday which pushed up our places in the fleet.  We got to relax together that night at a local restaurant. 

On Monday we got sorted into gold, silver and bronze fleets. This allowed us sailors in the lower fleets to start knowing what it was like to lead a race. The conditions were moderate and then increased making the day easier for us to handle and adapt to. Tuesday racing was cancelled so we all packed up our boats, then headed to the prize-giving.

5 Wakatere sailors- Robbie, Francesco, Alice, Luke and Josh got into international teams and training camps.  Great results from them and all the Wakatere Open sailors to tackle all that Worser Bay could throw at us.

Overall it was a fantastic experience, and we all loved it. Thanks to Worser Bay for their superb organisation and hospitality and NZIODA.

By Santenay Jordan / Wakatere BC Optimist sailor

For a Green fleet perspective, see the article on our Classes / Optimist page by George Lee Rush CLICK HERE

Congratulations to:

Alice Haslett - Briar Dye-Hutchison Trophy for 1st place NZ National female competitor.  

George Rush - Dawson Trophy for Notable Sportsman Overall

Josh Schon - 2nd U13 in Age Group Awards

George Rush - 1st 10 yr old in Age Group Awards


 Robbie McCutcheonNZL Optimist North American Champs Team, Antigua, July 2015

Alice Haslett - NZL Optimist European Team, Wales, July 2015

Luke Cashmore - NZL Optimist Asian Champs, Qatar, October 2015

Francesco KayrouzNZL Optimist European Team, Wales, July 2015

Josh Schon - NZL Opti Development Team, Noumea Oct 2015 

Josh Hyde NZL Opti Development Team, Noumea Oct 2015 







Closing in on the Opti Nationals

The Nationals are a few weeks away at Worser Bay BC in Wellington and Wakatere's Opti group have been stepping up the coaching and are ready to race. The regatta is being held during the Easter school holidays from 2nd - 7th April 2015. 

Contact our acting Opti rep Bob McCutcheon if you have any questions about your entry.

See our CONTACT US page. 

More information at the - EVENT WEBSITE

Opti South Island report

Nelson Yacht Club was host to the Optimist South Island Champs from Sat 14 - Mon 16 March. Two Wakatere club members ventured south-  Francesco Kayrouz sailed in the Open fleet and Will Sims sailed in the Green fleet. This regatta was a NZIODA ranking regatta with some of NZ's top Opti sailors entered. 

Conditions were very trying with light to no wind and a huge tide crossing the course. Great place for sailing though. While there seemed to be a lot of time spent swimming they managed to run the full set of races. For the Open fleet this meant some very long close legs in light conditions. The Green fleet sailed right in front of the club which was handy for parents to call kind words of encouragement. 

Green fleet racing- Will Sims #4108

Francesco finished in 3rd place overall in the Open fleet and Will was 6th in Green. A great result for both sailors. Well done guys. 

Open fleet results 

Green fleet results 

Shuttersport photos 


OKI Opti 6Hr Race

The OKI Opti 6HR Race was run on Saturday March 7th at Lake Pupuke in Milford. This years event was won by Wakatere's Robbie McCutcheon & Lachlan Stewart. They kept their Opti racing for 6 hours non-stop, working together with smooth and fast helm transitions at the pontoon, plenty of hiking and good all round boat speed. 

40 sailors made up 18 teams starting in 3 knots and finishing in 18.... and finishing just in the nick of time as the wind continued to build for the senior Laser class that followed in the 24Hr Race. 

Well done to all the Wakatere teams for toughing it out for 6 hours. Fantastic team work. 

Thanks to Brian Haybittle for sharing his terrific photos - http://bit.ly/1862IMs

Here's a highlight video to share from the host club MBSC - http://youtu.be/PlmFfkHUvkw

Full results and more on the MBSC webpage 


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Classes sailed at Wakatere

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  • YOUTH: Starling, 29er, 420, Boards, 
  • RS Feva, Laser Radial
  • SENIOR: Laser, OK Dinghy, Sunburst,
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