Wakatere Sailors Dominate the Auckland Girls Champs March 24

Wakatere sailors dominated the Auckland Girls Regatta held 24 March at Kohimarama Yacht Club.  Sailing in a stiff North to North Easterly and sloppy sea, our “girl power” sailors showed very consistent performance from each individual and showed how comfortable they have all become with a range of conditions and venues.  Well done girls.

The first highlight of the regatta was the “gift bag” presented at registration – some sailors were seen to be delaying hitting the water while they flicked through the magazine included in the bag.

 Then came the sailing.  A very short start line tested the start approach of the 21 sailor fleet in the Opti open – 9 of these sailors were from Wakatere (showing the club’s dominance in this class).  The sailing was first class and great results were deserved with Charlotte Probert winning the Green Fleet and four top ten finishes in the Open Fleet – Xanthe 4th, Emiry Koya 6th, Greta 7th and Celia 8th.  This was the first regatta for Kate Stewart after breaking her arm in late February.  She put in a “never say die” performance in the first two races – even though her arm is still in a cast.  Unfortunately OCS on the first race but enjoyed a well deserved start to finish dominance in the second race.  Well done Kate and yes, it is hard to bail a boat with only one arm – the undoing of the last races.

The girls all very much appreciated having Briar along as their coach and as Briar pointed out the concept of a “girls only” regatta is how the future of sailing will look for the girls as they move out of Optis.  So saying this, Briar also added how dominant girls are in the Opti class and how the boys are useless (or words to this effect!!).

The close of the day had all the sailors receiving a spot prize.  This regatta is very special and holds the record and reputation of being the most rewarding (lots of spot prizes, registration gifts and a good event).  Well done Kohimarama for supporting this regatta – the resounding conclusion is the Wakatere Girls will be back in 2013.

Oki 6 hour race 18 Feb

This is a great fun event for Optis, held at the very protected Lake Pupuke, and is hosted and run by Murrays Bay Sailing Club.

Two sailors team up using one boat and do a lap each and then swap over. Green fleet and Open fleet sailors are welcome to attend.

The race starts at 0730 ( yep, that IS early!) and finishes at 1330, before the main event, the Oki 24 hour race commences at 1400.

Wakatere was well represented and the sailors had  a great time.

Results and Photos are at http://www.murraysbay.org/index.php?page=oki-24-hour-race-2012


Junior Sail Auckland Feb 11/12

Junior Sail Auckland was sailed from Kohimarama Yacht Club. It was a light day on the Saturday, with flat water and winds of under 8 knots from the South West. On the second day a moderate North Easterly breeze settled in from 9am, which provided perfect conditions for the second day of racing. Kim Admore ran an excellent course, with the Green and Open fleets using the same marks, just a couple of hundred metres off the beach.


Tim Adair won the Open fleet. WBC had 5 sailors in the top 20, in a fleet of 80. Jono Weston and Jono Nicholas were 1st and 2nd 12 year olds and both featured in the top 20. Robbie McCutcheon finished all of his races, which made for a long day on Sunday for an 11 year old, and did well to score a 61st.


Some of the Green fleeters were a bit cautious, but once on the water with plenty of support around them, they did really well, with Grierson Fox finishing 6th Charlotte Probert on 12th, and Finn Buckeridge finishing in 2nd in race 1.

Full results at: http://www.kyc.org.nz/index.php?displaytype=catalogue-results&menu_id=25&rootid=4&n_subtitle=Results


Minori took some great pictures, which he has shared at http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.3019111648869.132709.1594995142&type=1


Opti Interisland Challenge, Picton Feb 24-26

Last weekend the sailors who went to Picton for the Interislander Ranking Regatta enjoyed some great sailing conditions – a range of breezes with warm and sunny weather. Mike Dol towed the club trailer loaded with 9 Opti’s and a small rib on it, whilst Peter Grey towed the centre console with rigs and beach trolleys. It’s a long tow out to the sailing area each day and sailors had some fairly long days on the water, so it was great to have the club boats in support. Queen Charlotte Yacht Club put on a wonderful event. A highlight being the “Taste of Marlborough” event, set in the sunshine outside the club after racing, giving visitors a chance to catch up whilst trying the local scallops, mussels, wine and other treats! All of the accommodation is close by and we enjoyed a WBC club dinner out on the Saturday night.


Our sailors did really well in the competitive fleet of 91, with most gradually moving up the fleet. It was great to see that we had top placing’s in the Opti age 12 level, with Jono Weston 1st and Jono Nicholas 3rd, and Robbie McCutcheon placed 3rd in the 11 yr old level. Aidan Nicholas was the top WBC sailor finishing 13th. Full results at http://www.qcyc.org.nz/index.php/sailing/regatta-nor-etc/interislander-optimist-challenge/345-interislander-open-fleet-provisional-results-after-1-race

Some other highlights were Robbie McCutcheon, Harry Milne and Jono Nicholas all getting top 10 in a race!

Thanks to Queen Charlotte Yacht Club for the wonderful hospitality.

Toyota Opti Pre Nationals New Plymouth 4-5 Feb

11 Wakatere sailors attended the Pre Nationals in New Plymouth last weekend and were treated to light Northerly winds and moderate seas. There was a fleet of 68 sailors in the Open fleet and 13 in the Green fleet.


The event was won by Sam Simpson from KYC. Kate Stewart was the top WBC finisher with a very credible 10th. Jono Weston and Aidan Nicholas were in the top 20, with other sailors making great progress up this competitive fleet, which shows that the Wakatere sailors are making great progress. Briar did an awesome job coaching the sailors so that they can take some learnings from this test event.


Charlotte Probert represented us in the Green fleet and secured a 7th place. Full results at http://www.sportsground.co.nz/files/Site/199/95/Pdf/120205162837TVHIMDZP.pdf


And the highlight? Greta Stewart 3rd, yep 3rd in the last race, Open fleet.


The event was well run by the friendly team at New Plymouth. It looks like it will be a great event at Easter, and Wakatere will have loads of support at the event. If you are thinking of attending, then book it in! Contact Terry Nicholas on 445-9152 if you are unsure about whats involved in attending. Further Nationals information at http://www.sportsground.co.nz/clubsite.asp?siteid=19995&pageid=75704&pagetypeid=1

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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