Wakatere sailors dominated the Auckland Girls Regatta held 24 March at Kohimarama Yacht Club.Ã‚Â Sailing in a stiff North to North Easterly and sloppy sea, our Ã¢â‚¬Å“girl powerÃ¢â‚¬Â sailors showed very consistent performance from each individual and showed how comfortable they have all become with a range of conditions and venues.Ã‚Â Well done girls.
The first highlight of the regatta was the Ã¢â‚¬Å“gift bagÃ¢â‚¬Â presented at registration Ã¢â‚¬â€œ some sailors were seen to be delaying hitting the water while they flicked through the magazine included in the bag.
Ã‚Â Then came the sailing.Ã‚Â A very short start line tested the start approach of the 21 sailor fleet in the Opti open Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 9 of these sailors were from Wakatere (showing the clubÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dominance in this class).Ã‚Â 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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Xanthe 4th, Emiry Koya 6th, Greta 7th and Celia 8th.Ã‚Â This was the first regatta for Kate Stewart after breaking her arm in late February.Ã‚Â She put in a Ã¢â‚¬Å“never say dieÃ¢â‚¬Â performance in the first two races Ã¢â‚¬â€œ even though her arm is still in a cast.Ã‚Â Unfortunately OCS on the first race but enjoyed a well deserved start to finish dominance in the second race.Ã‚Â Well done Kate and yes, it is hard to bail a boat with only one arm Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“girls onlyÃ¢â‚¬Â regatta is how the future of sailing will look for the girls as they move out of Optis.Ã‚Â 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.Ã‚Â 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).Ã‚Â Well done Kohimarama for supporting this regatta Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the resounding conclusion is the Wakatere Girls will be back in 2013.