This was the third Oki Opti 6 hour race at Lake Pupuke, which coincides with the 24 hour race held in the Laser class.
It was Open to Open and Green fleet Opti sailors. There were two sailors in each team, with three allowed in the Green fleet teams.
The 43 blurry eyed sailors (and their blurry eyed parents) rolled up to the Lake in the dark at 0630 for a 0700 briefing. Its was a low key and unique experience, and the first time our guys had used headlamps to rig their boats!
The light arrived just before the le mans starts at 0730 with the sailors running down the grass and into their boats, which were held in the water by their team members.
It was very light at the start of the race, however there was some light breeze for most of the race to keep the boats moving along. Our sailors commented how good it was to be able to practice in the light airs without the tide affecting the course. They also commented about how much they learnt from being on the shore watching (and critiquing) their team mates sailing.
The sailors completed around 6-7 laps, and changed skippers after each lap. Some of the changeovers were entertaining to say the least!
In the end James Jennings and Jeremy Mitchell from Murrays Bay won. Sam Barnett and Aidan Nicholas sailed a good race and squeezed into 3rd in the last leg of the last lap with some clever sailing in the puffs ands shifts from Sam.
James Grover Grey sailed with Joshua Bull from Manly and won the Green fleet and came in 11th, whilst Jonathan Nicholas and Mathew Jacobi came 2nd in the green and 17th overall.
Overall a Ã‚Â fun event with some excellent results too! Full results at http://www.murraysbay.org/regattas/10-11/2011/04-02-2011%20MBSC%20OKI%2024%20Hour/OKI%20Opti%20Final%20Results.pdf