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 


2015 Interislander success all round

The Interislander Optimist Challenge was held in Picton 20th - 22 Feb 2015. 11 Wakatere Optis sailors and their families headed south for the regatta including a very full club trailer with 9 Optis on the ferry across the Cooks Strait. Another 2 made their own way.

The weather for the first day was glorious with a 6 - 12 knot range. The Green fleet had an optional coaching day on Day 1 and everyone took advantage of the calm sailing conditions to test the water. 

Day 2 was sunny with the breeze building to 15 knots (gusting to 20) in the afternoon - not all the Green fleet were enjoying it at that stage but the clouds descended and the breeze lightened for the all important Day 3. As a NZ Ranking Regatta this regatta counts towards team selection for the Open fleet with opportunities to travel and sail in the coming months to some very foreign and exotic countries. 

Our sailors did really well in the competitive fleet - 90 in the Open fleet and 46 in the Green fleet with most gradually moving up each day. It was great to see that we had top placings-

Congratulations to Robbie McCutcheon for winning his 2nd NZ Ranking Regatta this season with a 1st overall in the Opti Open fleet and to Carrington Brady 3rd overall in the Opti Green Fleet.

The Interislander Trophy was won by Wakatere Boating Club. The trophy is awarded by the age group placing’s in both Optimist fleets with the 'Island of Origin' Open fleet winner taking it home. 

Full results: http://www.qcyc.org.nz/

Well done to all sailors and parents, especially to Johnathan Eele for his team logistics and the Gifford & Gibbs families for the use of their coach and support boats in Picton. And to Angus Haslett for towing the mighty trailer there & back. 

Thanks to Queen Charlotte Yacht Club for the wonderful hospitality. CLICK HERE for a QCYC press release

And thanks to all the parents who sent photos our way. See our Wakatere Facebook album





NZIODA Feb 2015 newsletter

Don't miss the NZIODA newsletter for Feb 2015. This is from the NZ Optimist Association and they are keen to share their news with all Optimists

NZIODA e-News Feb 2015


Optimist Coaching PART 2

Club members have been advised of our Optimist coaching programmes for the second half of of the season - PART 2 we call it. 

There are plenty of regattas coming up, some serious and some not so serious, best to start training now so you can be part of the fun.  The regattas are posted on the NZIODA website 

These are the 2 bookings to look for on our bookings page - 

  • Optimist Open & Green Coaching fleet coaching (Jan - Apr). Choose either Opti Open 5* or Opti Open 4* or  Opti Green. 

  • Opti Sunday Coaching 2014/201 


Go to our EVENTS / Bookings page to register a place. Wakatere BC bookings page 

... and congratulations to all those who received recognition at the AK Champs prizegiving at the club. With a special mention of Wakatere's Robbie McCutcheon who won the Optimist Open Fleet AK Champs and also the Opti Open fleet Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta. 

 AK Champs photo by Richard Gladwell @ Sail-World NZ

Auckland Champs coming to a place near you

The next regatta for you is at your home club as Wakatere BC is host to the Optimist Auckland Champs. This is a 3 day regatta from Sat 24 Jan - Mon 26 Jan 2015. The Starling class will also race as a separate fleet. Sailors entered can also opt to have the Monday reults count as having sailed the Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta - 2 regattas in one day at the same venue. Awesome.

See our Regatta Docs page for all the information and get your online entry in Wakatere BC Regatta Docs



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Wakatere Boating Club
Narrow Neck Beach, Devonport
Box 32-288,
North Shore City 0744

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