Closing in on the Opti Nationals

The Nationals are a few weeks away at Worser Bay BC in Wellington and Wakatere's Opti group have been stepping up the coaching and are ready to race. The regatta is being held during the Easter school holidays from 2nd - 7th April 2015. 

Contact our acting Opti rep Bob McCutcheon if you have any questions about your entry.

See our CONTACT US page. 

More information at the - EVENT WEBSITE

Opti South Island report

Nelson Yacht Club was host to the Optimist South Island Champs from Sat 14 - Mon 16 March. Two Wakatere club members ventured south-  Francesco Kayrouz sailed in the Open fleet and Will Sims sailed in the Green fleet. This regatta was a NZIODA ranking regatta with some of NZ's top Opti sailors entered. 

Conditions were very trying with light to no wind and a huge tide crossing the course. Great place for sailing though. While there seemed to be a lot of time spent swimming they managed to run the full set of races. For the Open fleet this meant some very long close legs in light conditions. The Green fleet sailed right in front of the club which was handy for parents to call kind words of encouragement. 

Green fleet racing- Will Sims #4108

Francesco finished in 3rd place overall in the Open fleet and Will was 6th in Green. A great result for both sailors. Well done guys. 

Open fleet results 

Green fleet results 

Shuttersport photos 


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 -

Here's a highlight video to share from the host club MBSC -

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:

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


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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