I was really impressed with our three Wakatere teams which competed in the Upper North Island teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s racing trials at MurrayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bay on Saturday. There was, understandably, a bit of apprehension from the youngsters as it was a new event, however everyone sailed well and all had their moments to shine.
With a shifty SSW breeze that pulsed in quite fresh at times, short courses and a round robin format for 9 teams, there was plenty of action. Ã‚Â The improvement and understanding for teams racing as the day progressed was a pleasure to watch.Ã‚Â
At the end of the round robin, Wakatere 1 of Airi, Jono Weston, Kate and James GG were tied for 1st place with Kohi 1 but were given 2nd place on a countback. Their highlight was beating Murrays Bay 1; which was stacked with hot shots; with a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th placing.Ã‚Â During the day there were some well thought out moves. My favourite from Jono Weston was when he managed to luff a group of opposition boats before rounding the bottom mark which allowed his team mates to slide past and into the top 3 spots. Ã‚Â
Wakatere 2 was well led by Harry and with Xanthe, Celia, and Jess they mixed it up well with all teams and gave the Waka Green team a real run in their race.Ã‚Â All sailed well. CeliaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s confidence with the red flag was great.
Wakatere 3 aka Ã¢â‚¬Å“The 3 RabbitsÃ¢â‚¬Â Robbie, Louie and Greta were particularly good to watch and showed a style of all 3 sailing fast around the track.Ã‚Â Louie had a couple of wins and they all crossed the line ahead of a few top ranked players. Unfortunately they were missing their 4th team mate so had to count an 8th place in each race. Ã‚Â They had a blast and gained a lot of confidence.
It appeared to me that everyone really enjoyed the format and racing. Our
Waka 1 team went on to qualify for the Volvo TeamsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Racing Event which will be held near the Viaduct basin during the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race stopover.
Thanks to Charlie and Briar for the coaching coordination. We have a great platform to launch into future teams racing.
Thanks to Minori for taking some great photos, which are found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.243272179100923.56807.100002544288253&type=3