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Greta Kate and Victor become superstars in SFO!

Whilst the rest of us are trying to keep warm and dry in winter, Kate and Greta Stewart and Victor Allen are making the most of their time in San Francisco with dad's Ian and Joey with ETNZ. They just sailed in a BIC fun regatta and were caught after racing by the TV cameras - take a look by going to www.youtube.com and seaching for AC Youth kids

2013 Opti Nats Timaru

Optimist Nationals – Timaru

A truly eventful and dramatic end to the Nationals in Timaru this weekend has seen our own Henry Haslett bring home the National title to Wakatere and his other home club Glendowie.  If you followed the race reports over the weekend you’ll know that Henry and the rest of the sailors attending had to negotiate some of the most difficult conditions for years to claim the title.


Henry Haslett with the 2013 Toyota Optimist National Champs trophy

The forecast for the week was looking light even before anyone travelled to Timaru and that really came through with only two races completed after two days however Jordan Stevenson was well placed in 3rd.

Fortunately Day 3 provided a more solid breeze and by the end of Day 3 a total of six races had been completed. By then it was clear that Henry was coping well with the local conditions as he had finished every race inside the top 10, something no one else in the fleet had managed to achieve. This was due to be the point in the regatta that the fleet was split into Gold and Silver to allow the top placed sailors to race each other for the title however another day of racing was required before finals series commenced.  Wakatere sailors were well placed at the start of the final day with Henry and Jordan in contention for a top place.  But Henry seemed to handle the pressure the best with a 2nd in the first race of the final day effectively locking up the top spot as his normally favoured opponents from around the country began to falter in the extremely competitive Gold fleet which included 16 Australians. Henry has improved all season with top 10 results in the last two ranking regattas, but to move up from 45th placing at last year’s Nationals and to come away with a win, the first for Wakatere since Logan Dunning Beck in 2007, is just brilliant.

In the Silver fleet Greta Stewart managed to salvage some pride by taking out that title and in the Green Fleet our only competitor her brother Lachlan had a great time in his first event.


Greta Stewart 1st place in the Open Silver fleet

Full results can be found in the middle of the main news page at Timaru Yacht & Powerboat Club

Optimist National Team Selection

The Nationals are the final and the most important event in the annual Opti ranking series to enable sailors to qualify for a NZ team to travel to an overseas event and Wakatere sailors managed to claim more places in these teams than any club in New Zealand.  The following sailors made teams for these events:

· Worlds Team, Luke Garda, Italy - Henry Haslett

· North Americans, Bermuda - Jordan Stevenson

· Europeans in Hungary - Jono Weston and Kate Stewart

· Asians Champs in Japan - Xanthe Copeland and Airi Kawana

Well done to everyone who made the effort to travel such a long way for such a difficult regatta, especially those who excelled to make a team for an overseas regatta.  But again a huge congratulation to Henry and his family for a successful culmination to a massive effort this year.  Every Wakatere member is suitably proud of your efforts.

Opti Update 26 November

Hi everyone,

This week finds us all in the middle of the busiest period of Opti sailing for the year with multiple regattas being attended by Wakatere sailors in NZ and abroad.  This update is a bit longer than usual but there is a lot of information I need you to be aware of, some fantastic results by Wakatere sailors and a call to action for as many volunteers as possible over the next couple of months.

North Islands and NZ Ranking

The most important of the recent regattas was for our Open sailors who attended the NI's in Taupo over three days, because it was also a NZ ranking regatta. The whole squad performed really well in some testing condition and the three day format is a great test of a sailor’s fitness and stamina.

For those that don't understand the ranking system, a series of four regattas make up the NZ Opti Ranking and it’s the goal of nearly every Open fleet sailor to improve their ranking through the year and season on season.  The regattas are the Opti North Island Champs, the Auckland Champs (at Wakatere in Jan); the Interislander (Picton) and the Opti Nationals (Timaru this year). The reward for top placing is selection into the squads that attend overseas regattas such as the Worlds (Italy next year), Europeans ( Hungary) Asian Champs ( Japan) and the Nth American Champs ( Bermuda).

The regattas are challenging events for any Optimist sailor with four races a day on full length courses that run in nearly all conditions and Taupo was no different.  The first day was relatively light with wind between 8 and 12 knots and very shifty as always. Saturday and Sunday turned cold with strong cold SW winds and rain whipping up short seas and providing a real test of skill.  We also had Green feet racing on Saturday and Sunday and Rachel Willison and Lewis Dol should be congratulated for getting out there and giving it a go.  We look forward to seeing both of you progress in Green fleet this year.

On all three days we saw our Wakatere sailors perform to the highest level with nearly everyone achieving personal milestones of some sort.  Day 1 was all about Greta Stewart and Jono Weston and their top 5 placing in multiple races. This year a system was introduced where the top 5 sailors received a bib with their regatta placing on it, similar to the Olympics.  The whole team was hugely proud to see Jono W achieve the 5th place bib after day one.  Sadly Harry Milne and Josh Bull were sick for Day 1 with Josh never really recovering all weekend.

As the wind increased so did the influence of experience in the fleet and some of our more seasoned sailors started to make more progress to the front with top 20 results from Xanthe Copeland, Kate Stewart and Harry Milne (who battled sickness all weekend and still placed some fantastic results) Henry Haslett (1st in race 4) and Airi Kawana including a 3rd race placing from Xanthe.  However Jono W was in the ‘zone’ all weekend and finished in a superb final 5th place overall, an improvement of 70 places from this same regatta  last year ! (and he now holds that bib until January at Wakatere) from Mr. Consistent Airi in 13th, Henry in 23rd, followed by Kate, Greta and Xanthe in 26th, 29th and 33rd. However the whole squad should be congratulated for some superb efforts in one of toughest regattas of the year and remember… the next one is on our home turf!

Open fleet results at http://ltyc.org.nz/results/2012%20NI%20Opti%20Champs%20Open%20FINAL.html

Green fleet results at http://ltyc.org.nz/results/NIOPTIgreen.htm

See loads of photos at http://www.facebook.com/NZIODA





Jono in action at Taupo
















Year 7 & 8 Regatta last week

This schools team event held annually at Kohimarama is great fun and a fantastic opportunity to represent your school in sailing.  Once again our sailors showed their class to place 1st (Greta), 2nd (Xanthe) and 3rd (Henry) overall in a fleet of 59. Our local school, Belmont Intermediate took the Schools Trophy for the first time ever, with a Team of Jono Nicholas, James Grover Grey ( out of retirement), Harry Milne, Jono Weston and Finn Buckeridge. Well done to all those who took part and wasn't the warm weather a pleasant change from the cold of Taupo!

Results at http://www.kyc.org.nz/admin/user_content/files/Intermediate%20Schoold%20Regatta%202012_5118.htm

Photos of this day at http://www.facebook.com/NZIODA


Sir Peter Blake Regatta

The next important regatta on the calendar is this weekend.  SPB is a huge event for centreboard sailing in the Auckland region and is thought to be one of the largest regattas in the southern hemisphere with likely attendee numbers at over 450.  Due to this we need to make sure our logistics and planning are in well in order so everyone sailing can perform to their best.  I was questioned a number of times over the weekend about who should be attending this regatta, and while this is obviously a decision for each parent and sailor I thought I would offer the advice I gave to so many yesterday-

Regattas are a huge amount of fun and an important step for the development of any Optimist sailor.  My expectation is that every Open fleet sailor and every member of the Race group who is available should be attending SPB. For other Green fleet or Sunday Morning sailors, if you have competed in at least one Sunday afternoon Green fleet race at Wakatere then you will be fine at SPB.  If you haven't, then target the Wakatere Junior Regatta on December the 15th as your first regatta instead. (Reminder – there will be no Race group coaching at the club this Sunday 2nd Dec, only C1 and C2 groups)

The trailer and the 2 X WBC  tiller steer RIBs for Green fleet support, safety and coaching will be available for transit from Thursday evening however we need people to volunteer for the following this weekend:

  1. Assistance with loading of Optimists onto club trailer on Thursday evening 5pm
  2. Assistance with loading of club RIBs onto trailers for transport to Torbay SC
  3. Friday evening towing of the Opti Trailer to Torbay SC
  4. RIB trailer transport - does anyone have a trailer capable of a taking a tiller steer please step forward, especially someone from Green fleet?
  5. Parents afloat - 2 X WBC Green fleet parents per RIB for Saturday and Sunday during racing. Skippers need to have completed our RIB safety course.
  6. Assistance with loading Opti Trailer on Sunday afternoon and return to Wakatere
  7. Assistance with loading Green fleet RIBs onto trailer for return journey and unloading at Wakatere.

  • Trailer booking

The Optimist trailer is available and a place can be booked on the WBC website with priority given to Green fleet sailors.  If using the trailer please ensure you have your own tie down straps and any additional padding you require. The trailer will be in the club compound and will be available for loading from Thursday evening from 5pm.

Opti trailer booking- Sir Peter Blake Any Open fleet sailors who need assistance to attend the regatta please contact me separately.

  • Base Camp & Briefings

We will have a Wakatere Base Camp at the regatta which will be a blue nylon dome shaped gazebo with a Wakatere banner outside with space for storing sailing gear and getting some shade from the elements.  This will be on the grass to the left of the club when looking at the beach.

We will run a Wakatere race briefing here for all sailors with head coach Finn Drummond.

8:45 on Saturday

9:30 on Sunday

There will be a separate Green fleet briefing straight afterwards.

  • Registration & Torbay

We also strongly recommend people make the effort to get the boat to Torbay on Friday evening, register and get your race pack.  Also make sure your turn up early on Saturday morning as parking can be difficult and you don't want to be late on the water. See the event layout before you get there

Peter Blake Regatta official website

Any other questions or issues with attending the regatta please get in contact early this week.


Since you have been involved in sailing Optimists at Wakatere you will have heard everyone from the club constantly remind you of the requirement to volunteer and join in and we all appreciate everyone efforts to date.  However with our ‘away regatta program’ plus the Wakatere Junior Regatta and the Opti Auckland Champs (NZ Ranking Regatta) we will need more help than ever.

Over the next few days I will be sending follow up emails requesting people join teams for on-the-water activities and off-the-water activities for both of those key WBC events- Wakatere Junior Regatta Dec 15

Opti Auckland Champs Jan 26 -28

Please be ready to share some time to make sure our club maintains the high standard of event management set by our predecessors.


And finally best of luck to Jono Weston, Jono Nicholas, Xanthe Copeland and others attending the regatta in Noumea next week as part of the development squad.  Don't come back too sunburnt!

Wakatere Sunday Morning Program


The Sunday morning program at WBC is going from strength to strength under the careful leadership of Ed Crook, Mike Dol and a range of wonderful volunteer parent coaches.

After several fully booked  Learn to sail courses held recently, a number of boats have changed owners, and their keen skippers are out on the water, with an incredible 79 sailors in this program. This is in addition to the 20 or so sailors in the Open coaching group.

Here is a link to some recent photos of the action ( no facebook login is required)...


Many of these Sunday AM sailors should be signing up to the Sir Peter Blake Regatta held at Torday on 1-2 December. This regatta is a lifetime experience, which recognises what Sir Peter Blake achieved and stood for. Sign up as soon as possible at  http://www.blakeregatta.co.nz/ and find out about the easy ways to get to the regatta and have support on the water this weekend.



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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