Thurs 17 April 2014
Quick update for all Opti sailors from the NZL Optimist Yachting Trust National Interclub & Open Team Racing Champs at Manly yesterday-
Great day's sailing at the Manly Pre-National Team's Racing with blustery Northerlies of 15 - 22 knots. The racing was held very close to the beach which meant decent sized waves and action. The hardest task of the day was launching and retrieving the support boats!
Wakatere was well represented by Jono Weston, Jordan Stevenson, Xanthe Copeland and Greta Stewart. The team finished the round robin tied for first with Murrays Bay and the Australian team but unfortunately on count back were ranked back to 3rd which gave them the hard road through the finals. They raced well through the day and pulled off a couple of perfect combination 1,2,3 4 finishes. There were some great team tactics and boat handling.
The Wakatere team came up against the feisty Australian team in the semi-final knock outs and had a ding dong race with a lot of yelling and animation coming from the Australians. The final beat had plenty of drama and highlighted team's racing at its best with many place changes as the teams tried to calculate and execute the best finishing combination to win. Both teams finished equal on 18 points and again Wakatere were unlucky to lose on a count back. The Australians went on to the finals to be narrowly beaten by Murrays Bay in the best of 3 races. Our Wakatere team were 3rd overall.
The prize giving was a highlight with some of the best prizes seen at any regatta - remote control helicopters, portable speakers, high end sailing gear, rugby balls...... All competitors got a prize and it was a really fun day had by all and great to sail as a team.
Good luck to all for the Nationals starting on Good Friday