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Opti Interisland Challenge, Picton Feb 24-26 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Opti Guy   
Saturday, 03 March 2012 21:14

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.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 March 2012 21:45
 
Junior Sail Auckland Feb 11/12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Opti Guy   
Saturday, 03 March 2012 21:13

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

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Last Updated on Monday, 05 March 2012 07:24
 
Toyota Opti Pre Nationals New Plymouth 4-5 Feb PDF Print E-mail
Written by Opti Guy   
Friday, 10 February 2012 10:17

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

 
Upper North Island Team’s Racing Championships Murray’s Bay PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Stewart   
Monday, 30 January 2012 11:50

I was really impressed with our three Wakatere teams which competed in the Upper North Island team’s racing trials at Murray’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.  The improvement and understanding for teams racing as the day progressed was a pleasure to watch. 

 

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.  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.  

 

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.  All sailed well. Celia’s confidence with the red flag was great.

 

Wakatere 3 aka “The 3 Rabbits” Robbie, Louie and Greta were particularly good to watch and showed a style of all 3 sailing fast around the track.  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.  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 Teams’ 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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 March 2012 11:26
 
2011 Opti Pre Worlds in Napier PDF Print E-mail
Written by Opti Guy   
Friday, 13 January 2012 11:26

There were some beautiful sailing and training days there with 10-20 knot North Easterlies - real Champagne sailing conditions. The sailors learnt a lot, and were pleasantly suprised that they can foot it with some of the best in the world if they work their boats really hard and start on the line and at the right end.

Tim Adair had a storming first day,  as did Markus, however gear damage on Markus's charter boat put paid to a top finish for him, but Tim finished in 27th. Airi and Aidan managed to get top 100 finishes in the fleet of 205. James Grover Grey showed contiued great progress to get 109th, whilst other Wakatere sailors had great individual races from time to time.

The sailors found it exciting to be sailing against sailors from countries such and Mozambique and Slovenia.

Napier Sailing club put on an outstanding event.

Full results at http://www.optiworldsnz.org.nz/attachments/article/7/FinalResults%2030%2012%2011.pdf

Minori took some great shots and has generously loaded them up for us to see at http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100002544288253&sk=photos

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Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2012 11:51
 
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