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Year 7-8 regatta at Kohimarama 18th Nov

During the fortnight 10 of our sailors sailed at the year 7-8 schools regatta at Kohimarama.

It was a beautiful sunny and light breeze sailing day. There was a fleet of 47, all of our sailors sailed really well, and 4 of them snuck into the top 10 (Leonard Takahashi 4th, Rory McCutcheon 7th, Aidan Nicholas 8th and Chris Coleman in 10th.

Full individual results at http://www.kyc.org.nz/admin/user_content/files/Intermediate%20Individual.htm

Rory and Leonard were part of the winning Kristin School team. Belmont Intermediate secured 3rd.

Results at: http://www.kyc.org.nz/admin/user_content/files/Intermediate%20Team.htm

Teams Racing - Murrays Bay

Teams racing is a different format of yacht racing - it is great fun, and is a good opportunity for our sailors to learn their rules and strategy. It is a welcome break from the fleet racing, and it is a part of all of the key international Opti events.

If you would like more ideas on what it is see: http://www.boating.co.nz/sailing/teamsracing.shtml

Thanks to Sam Barnett for this report:

Early on the morning of the 20th of November, a group of seven Wakatere open fleeters arrived at Murray's Bay for a day of teams racing.

After poaching Murrays Bay sailor James Wilson we had two teams of four.

Waka1 consisted of Sam B, Max H, Chris C, and Coral H.

Waka2 consisted of Louis M, Jono W, Airi K and James W.

In the morning the two teams were in different pools, Waka2 did especially well, they won four out of seven races.

Waka1 won three out of seven but it was almost four with a race against Murrays Bay 3 going right down to the wire.

In the afternoon both teams were in the silver fleet with Waka1 winning all seven round robin matches to qualify for the final against Murrays Bay3 whom had lost only 1 match in the afternoon, against Waka1, the race was very tight but eventually Waka prevailed 1,2,4,5 only later to find out that one of them had been OCS and therefore the team lost on count back after being tied on points including the OCS.

Waka2 also sailed well with Jono displaying a real skill at teams racing. They one four races out of 7 in the afternoon.





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.

Leonard’s Japanese Adventure

Len ended up 21st out of 142 entries. They don’t run it as an open regatta for the locals and no green fleet regatta.

Each club has an allocation of places in proportion to their fleet size and the total fleet is 140 plus any overseas entries. They then select the top 40 eligible for next year’s worlds and other regattas and have another selection regatta in March with no carry over from this regatta except that the winner of this one gets an automatic berth for next year’s worlds. Some tough light shifty conditions for 2 days and “just able to sit on the side” puffy shifty stuff for the other 2 days. Fantastically well organised and run in typical Japanese style.


Howick Junior Regatta

What a great weekend – fine weather, variety of breezes and great sailing.


We had a heap of Wakatere sailors at Howick with some great results and personal achievements. Nice work to Markus winning the Open fleet, Tim in second and a large bunch of Wakatere sailors in very respectable positions. Some great results in the Greenies as well.


Highlights for me – Sophie Andrews on Saturday afternoon choosing, under pressure to master a hairy Gybe in large chop and 15-18 knots, doing the Gybe in style, and then to hike hard off the stern to keep the bow out of the water….then the big smile!


I again wanted to collect Marsannes spot prize of a waterproof camera, but alas no.


Results Here:


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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