2015/2016 Wakatere Wrap


The 2016 Opti Nationals was not what most were expecting, little to no wind and lots of waiting around and no racing at all on the first and last day for the Open fleet , but that’s sailing!

The Australian visitors, expecting lots of rain and 30 knots, unfortunately dominated the regatta with 5 Australians in the top 10, while many of NZ's experienced and bigger sailors struggled for pace and consistency in the light and shifty conditions.  First Wakatere sailor (and 10th Kiwi) was George Lee Rush followed by Josh Hyde in 24th (14th Kiwi),  Ella Gladwell in 29th (16th Kiwi) and Josh Schon in 32nd (19th Kiwi), with Fran Kayrouz, Luke Cashmore, Robbie McCutcheon, Brayden Hamilton and Robbie Wooldridge rounding out Wakatere’s sailors in the top 50.  The final results led to some significant changes to the overall NZIODA rankings for the season, and the makeup of the travelling teams. 

Conditions for Green Fleet racing were good with the light winds, although large wind shifts and variable conditions made for some challenging racing for young sailors. The Wakatere Green fleet showed outstanding promise.  The Fong boys were in contention for high placings right up to the end of the regatta with Zach Fong finishing 3rd and Ethan 12th.  Other notable placings were Will Sims in 6th and Brody Cooper in 9th.  We look forward to seeing these sailors joining the Open ranks for next season.



Final end of 2015/2016 season rankings for Wakatere sailors (inside top 25):

  • Josh Hyde 8th
  • Josh Schon 10th
  • George Lee-Rush 12th  
  • Francesco Kayrouz 14th
  • Ella Gladwell 17th
  • Luke Cashmore 18th
  • Robbie McCutcheon 19th
  • Brayden Hamilton 21st


Placing in Nationals (inside top 50): 

  • George Lee Rush 17th (10th Kiwi)
  • Josh Hyde 24th (14th Kiwi)
  • Ella Gladwell 29th (16th Kiwi)
  • Josh Schon 32nd (19th Kiwi)
  • Fran K 33rd (20th Kiwi)
  • Luke Cashmore 36th (23rd Kiwi)
  • Robbie McC 38th (25th Kiwi)
  • Brayden Hamilton 39th (26th Kiwi)
  • Robbie Wooldridge 43rd (30th Kiwi)


WBC Sailors selected for Travelling Teams:                  

  • Euros - Josh Hyde, Ella Gladwell. Travelling to Crotone, Italy
  • NAMs - Josh Schon, George Lee Rush, Fran Kayrouz. Travelling to Antigua
  • Asians - Luke Cashmore, Robbie McCutcheon, Brayden Hamilton. Travelling to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka 
  • Girls Dev Team: Ella Gladwell 
  • Noumea Dev Team: Robbie Wooldridge 

Opti Coaching Part 2

Coaching for the second half of the season for Opti sailors starts mid February 2016. The coaching will focus on training for the Opti Nationals which luckily for you is in Auckland this year at Kohi YC, Easter 24-29 March 2016. REGATTA WEBSITE 

We have new 2016 courses for Opti Green / 4 Star Open / 5 Star Open and our Sunday programmes - C1/C2 and LTR will also continue as normal and follow the club days on our SAILING PROGRAMME

An online booking must be completed prior to your first session - BOOK HERE 

- 5 Star starts Thurs 2nd Feb
- 4 Star & Green fleet starts Saturday 13th Feb
- Sunday C1/C2 
- Sunday LTR starts Sunday 14th Feb 

WAKATERE OPTI PATHWAY: Learn to Sail, Sunday C1, Sunday C2, Sunday Learn to Race, join afternoon club racing, Green Fleet Coaching, 4 Star Open Coaching, 5 Star Open Coaching. 


Another top Wakatere effort for many of our juniors at the 2016 Junior Sail Auckland & Optimist Pre-Nationals Regatta at Kohi YC 6th & 7th February. You deserve a rest after 2 big regattas almost back to back! Well done to all the sailors, coaches and parents. For our younger sailors this was a great chance to familiarise themselves with Kohi- the Opti Nationals venue at Easter 2016

Image @livesaildie

Opti Open
1st Robbie McCutcheon
3rd Josh Schon
5th Francesco Kayrouz
1st girl Ella Gladwell
Opti Green
1st Brody Cooper 


Success at Maraetai

The 2016 Opti Auckland Champs were held over Auckland Anniversary long weekend (30th Jan - 1st Feb) at Maraetai Sailing Club and Wakatere sailors and parents put in a big effort. In the final results, half the top 10 in the Opti Open were Wakatere club members and the Opti Green fleet had a strong show as well! For a NZIODA ranking regatta this is a great result.

Congratulations to all the competitors who were all well behaved and sailed to the best of their ability in very challenging conditions. Thanks to everyone who helped out taking RIBS, the club trailer and tent. A great Team Waka effort. 

Taking the title in convincing style was Josh Schon with another podium place for Brayden Hamilton in 3rd overall. Even more trophies for NZIODA age groups.  

  • 1st overall Josh Schon- Auckland Opti Champion Cup
  • 3rd overall Braydon Hamilton  
  • Age Group trophies: Opti Green- 1st 10yrs Alex Norman; 3rd 12yrs Brody Cooper. Opti Open- 1st 11yrs George Rush; 2nd 11yrs Robbie Wooldridge; 2nd 12 yrs Josh Hyde
  • 1st Josh Schon 2016 Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, Optimist Open
  • Results at Maraetai BC


Image: Josh Schon & Brayden Hamilton 

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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