2011 US Opti Nationals Success

Congratulations to Leonard Takahaski-Fry for winning the 2011 US Opti Nationals in Houston in convincing style.

Leonard, Markus Somerville and Isaac McHardie all sailed an outstanding regatta finishing in 1st, 4th and 13th respectively.

You can follow their progress as their tour continues on http://www.facebook.com/pages/OptiWorldsNZ-2011-NZL-Team/182848001768462

The team was coached during the regatta by Chris Steele.

2011 Asian Opti Champs

The 2011 Asian Opti Champs is underway in Singapore with Sam Barnett in the team.

New Zealander Hamish Clark won a race. From the tracking, it seems that clear air is the key.

The NZL1 Team came second in the Nations Cup teams racing.

You can follow their progress on http://www.facebook.com/pages/NZL-Opti-Asian-Team-2011/215917021781084

Here are some snippets from the reports:

Day 1:

At the Opening ceremony the haka was very well received. The afternoon was fun and games following the practice race. Sam won the hiking competition beating Iran and Kimberley Lim from Singapore. He held for 5 and half mins! NZ parents won the tug o war. kids had a great time meeting new friends.

 

Day one of racing was a mixed bag. Sam B and Ava OCS in first race. Some good results for James Jennings, Scotty and Sam Simpson. Sam B had better results in the second and third races. First race the wind died to about 1 knot and it was quite difficult. There were some DNFs as the top group were far ahead. Very hot. Sam drank nine bottles on the water! All the kids got a bit sunburnt too.

 

Wind came in after lunch and the last two races were about 8-10 knots.

 

Parents able to watch the racing on trac system and see the race course from the club as it is straight out in front. Our kids will really appreciate our clean waters when the get home as they launch into water thick with oil and rubbish. Sam had to tack to avoid a TV!

 

Challenges of being away from our normal food etc have mostly been ok but have to say breakfast is the worst. We have had to buy our own supplies! Parents have been slowly sussing out the best way to get taxis, almost a competition now. Everyone here uses them but there is an art to getting them. We waited for an hour in a taxi queue last night! not the best in the heat.

 

ID cards are the go here and they use these for sign on and sign off.  Coaches sharing with Kergystan and Dutch Antilles.

Day 2:

One of the interesting things is seeing the small differences in how people do things. Everyone sits around, then suddenly the horn goes off and the kids dash to their boats and into the water. Quick launch! barely any parents in sight but kids all very capable. Kid volunteers pick up the trolleys. NZ team the few with their parents down by the water. Same when they come in.

 

Race one went well for some of the team but was the sort of race where the wind dies and the second fleet catches up. Some major pile ups on the mark roundings.

Day 3:

After a long day waiting the Nations Cup teams racing got under way with NZL 1 and NZL 2, USA and Aus. NZL1, Sam B, Sam S, Scott Inglis and Hamish Clark won every match in the round robin and thought they had won the event, but in near darkness they ran a final and we lost in a tough race to USA. Shame but we have a nice trophy and medals! We are looking forward to the rest day tomorrow. Having a great time, giving it our all. loads of photos of us on Facebook and our haka is on the IODA Asians website too. hope you are enjoying the snow - mid thirties here. By the way Thailand won the Asian Team Racing - we learnt a lot watching the skills of these top teams.

Winter Fun Racing - 16 July

It says it all when the first race had a windward mark pointing towards Takapuna, the second race had a windward mark pointing at the beach and the third race saw the wind come from Fort Takapuna.... It really paid to be alert before the start of the race, and take regular wind readings. It also meant for some very quick mark re-laying (thanks Mike).. We also had "four seasons in one day" with lovely sunny weather and almost hail in the freezing wet stuff... However, everyone had a good time and not too many "how many more races" questions... Airi won with 4 out of 6 wins, and Emily was Sailor of the Day with her first win.

Sailor

Sail #

Points Previous

Points this week

Points Overall

Airi

Kawana

3711

82

55

137

Emily

Koya

4459

59

42

101

Robbie

McCutcheon

3999

51

27

78

Scott

Inglis

4312

57

0

57

Harry

Milne

3857

9

46

55

Aidan

Nicholas

4433

46

0

46

Sam

Barnett

4423

41

0

41

Yuka

Isozaki

3857

10

23

33

Brianna

Reynolds-Smith

3650

32

0

32

Courtney

Reynolds-Smith

3906

30

0

30

Matt

Brewer

4442

0

28

28

Jonathan

Nicholas

4256

21

0

21

Alps

Semiz

3714

1

19

20

Emily

Dol

3588

0

18

18

Louis

Ahlers

4027

0

18

18

Greta

Stewart

4094

9

0

9

Joe

Pearson

4010

8

0

8

Charlotte

Probert

3880

0

0

0

Fumika

Isozaki

3492

0

0

0

Zebedee

Skellern

0

0

0

Winter Fun Racing - 2 July

17 sailors took part in 6 races on Saturday in what can only be described as "mint conditions". Scott Inglis, who was visiting from Taupo dominated the racing, winning 5 out of the 6. Experience ranged from Scott and the other Open Rock Stars (Sammy B. and Aidan) all the way to Zebedee Skellern who was taking part in his very first races after doing the Learn to Sail course earlier this year. Scott won the Pie Voucher for most points and Alps won Sailor of the Day for winning his first point in the racing. Racing will continue every weekend, unless there is a cancellation notice on the website, usually on the Friday.

Sailor

Sail #

Points Previous

Points this week

Points Overall

Airi

Kawana

3711

46

36

82

Emily

Koya

4459

35

24

59

Scott

Inglis

4312

0

57

57

Robbie

McCutcheon

3999

42

9

51

Aidan

Nicholas

4433

0

46

46

Sam

Barnett

4423

0

41

41

Brianna

Reynolds-Smith

3650

27

5

32

Courtney

Reynolds-Smith

3906

30

0

30

Jonathan

Nicholas

4256

0

21

21

Yuka

Isozaki

3857

0

10

10

Greta

Stewart

4094

0

9

9

Harry

Milne

3857

0

9

9

Joe

Pearson

4010

0

8

8

Alps

Semiz

3714

0

1

1

Charlotte

Probert

3880

0

0

Fumika

Isozaki

3492

0

0

Winter Fun Racing - June 11th

We had 5 Optimists and 2 Starlings out for some fun racing last weekend, in fairly light winds. 5 short races were run and the effect of time away from the boat was evident, although the starts were much improved by the end of the session.
Airi took out top points, with Robbie being Sailor of the Day after winning 2 races. They both received the famous $5 vouchers to the Narrow Neck Beach Cafe.
 
No racing will take place tomorrow with winds expected to be in the 20+ knots range. Racing at Kohi on Sunday in support of those kids selected to go to overseas regattas.
 
Sailor first name Sailor surname Sail # Points Previous Points this week Points Overall
           
Airi  Kawana 3711 46 46
Robbie McCutcheon 3999 42 42
Emily  Koya 4459 35 35
Courtney Reynolds-Smith 3906 30 30
Brianna Reynolds-Smith 3650 27 27

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