After a hairy week of weather and difficult conditions for the coaching clinic during the week, the 2011 Winter Champs at Murrays Bay turned out to feel more like a summer champs!
Blue skies, fine weather and light to moderate ( but shifty!) Southwest winds produced some great racing for the large fleet that was present.
There were 74 boats sailing in the Open fleet and 26 in the Green fleet from all over New Zealand.
Wakatere had 14 sailors sailing in the Open fleet and 4 in the Green fleet. Charlie and Susannah provided coach support for the Open coaching group, and some really insightful briefings for all the Wakatere sailors.
This event is a three day event with 9 races being sailed in total. The conditions were perfect especially for the new Open fleet sailors to build their confidence, and for the Green fleet sailors.
The first overseas entrant for the NZ Opti worlds in Napier arrived in town in time for this event, Mexican Hector Guzman Casas, who has attended two Opti worlds previously, showed his skills in the conditons and won the event.
Markus Sommerville sailed a great regatta to finish in 3rd, whilst Tim Adair was close on his heels in 4th. Aidan Nicholas and Airi Kawana had a good batle to end up 17th and 18th respectively. Jonathon Weston was close behind in 21st after showing his ability to complete major catch ups after returning for an OCS.
Kate Stewart is giving the boys a chase up and ended in 37th.
James Grover-Grey led the charge from the rookie Open fleeters in 45th.
In Green fleet Brianna Reynolds-Smith continued her good form with a 4th, finishing the regatta off with a win in the last race, repeating her pattern from last week. Donald Mayo rather suprised himself and was right behind her in 5th.
Full Open fleet results are at http://www.murraysbay.org/uploads/2011winchamps/opti%20open%20final.pdf
Green Fleet results are at http://www.murraysbay.org/uploads/2011winchamps/opti%20green%20final.pdf
Some Photos are found at http://www.facebook.com/murraysbaysailingclub?sk=photos