Last Thursday Wakatere went “on tour” to Taupo for the North Island Opti Champs, and yes it felt like a band tour – cars, trailers, tents, 27 sailors, 2 coaches, 5 RIB’s plus more! And what a great tour it was – unseasonably warm weather with a perfect range of conditions from 2-25 knots. Lake Taupo delivered us light and shifty conditions on Friday and Saturday and breezy and choppy conditions on Sunday, which is exactly what you expect in Lake Taupo. It was a big regatta with 220 Opti sailors from all over NZ and Australia.
We arrived on the Thursday afternoon and all went for a gentle sail on the Lake with Briar and Charlie, then got into the racing on Friday morning, getting through 10 races in the open fleet and 7 in the Green.
On the results front it was a very successful regatta-
Markus Somerville 2nd Open (137 entries)
Tim Adair 3rd Open
Jonathon Weston 1st 10 Year old – Open (70th)
Airi Kawana 4th Green Fleet (63 entries)
Louis Ahlers 8th Green Fleet
Jonathon Barnett 10th Green Fleet
Celia Willison 2nd Female, Green Fleet (14th)
Hannah Smith 1st Green Fleet regatta (40th)
Robbie McCutcheon 1st Rainbow Fleet regatta, after completing Learn to Sail in the last holidays.
Full results and photos: http://www.ltyc.org.nz/regattas/regattas.html
Thanks to all for the parent help, everything ran smoothly – everyone learnt heaps and made some new friends. Dinner out on Saturday night was fun – we learnt that Charlie is fairly handy at the Pool table! Thanks also to Charlie and Briar for such capable and supportive coaching.