Optimist Nationals 2010

The 2010 Opti Nationals in Whitianga have been won by Kimberley Lim (Singapore). Jayvee Buchanan finished first NZer in second place.

There was an official opening ceremony on Wed 31st Mar and racing began April 1st. Wakatere had a record 32 entries across the open and green fleet. The regatta was plagued by a lack of wind early on which filled in as the series progressed, though the Teams racing had to be cancelled to allow more races to be held.

Markus was the top Wakatere sailor in Open Fleet, finishing in 13th position overall, the fourth NZer and gaining a spot in the World's team. Jonathon Weston was top Wakatere sailor in the Green Fleet finishing 2nd.

Tim won 1st place for age 13 years (despite the organiser's unfortunate oversight at the prize-giving), also finishing as 14th NZer, quite an achievement in his first Nationals.

Hopefully an extended report will be posted in the near future.

For results and photos see the official website http://www.optimistnationals.org.nz/

Open Fleet - Tim Adair, Sam Barnett, Maddie Brogan, Chris Coleman, Ellie Copeland, Harry Elworthy, Aaron Gibb-Pearson, Max Hayman, Rory McCutcheon, Tom Milne, Aidan Nicholas, Leo Pagani, Jack Simpson, Alan Turner, Markus Somerville, and Sam Wallis.

Green Fleet - Jessica Berry, Holly Brogan, William Clough, Xanthe Copeland, Finn Dalbeth, Joe Gibb-Pearson, Harrison Hill, Josh Hill, Maddie Hill, Seb Jones, Scott Macky, Harry Milne, George Pagani, Isaac Smith, Kate Stewart and Jonathon Weston.


Next years Nationals are at Wakatere Easter 2011......Bring it on!

Junior Pacific Series

Wakatere’s opti sailor Jack Simpson won the Junior Pacific Series last Saturday and apart from winning an O’Pen Bic of his own he also won a place as the 18th man aboard Team NZ yesterday for the final of the big boys Louis Vuitton Trophy.

A sail-world story is in this link.http://www.sail-world.com/indexs.cfm?Nid=67679

Congratulations Jack! I’m sure we will hear more about it soon.




South Island Opti Champs 2010

Jack Simpson 4263
Maddie Brogan 4340
Sam Wallis 4337
Markus Somerville 4410

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The South Island champs held in Picton from the 26th to the 28th of February, turned on some great warm sunny weather. A complete contrast to last years event. Maddie + Geoff made the a last minute call to go, just as well, as Geoff became the host taxi driver for the weekend, cheers Geoff. The club trailer was loaded up & driven down by one of the Kohi club guys, as sharing the trailer helped spread the finances. We all flew. Only 8 races took place due to the last day being called off with the tsunami warning, which was a shame, as it produced the best breeze of the weekend.

DAY 1.

A real lottery, with fingers of breeze across the sounds. Jack made his way to the left side of the course up the first beat, only to find himself becalmed for some ten minutes + watch virtually everyone else sail off into the distance. The wind finally arrived for Jack + after rounding the top mark 2nd to last, managed to grind his way back to finish in 55th position out of 76, a great effort under the circumstances. At one stage when sailing down to the bottom gates, there was a line of opti’s stopped + only metres away, another line of opti’s just sailing past, just like cars overtaking on the motorway. Markus once again sailed consistently with 4 top 10 finishes (a 1st, 2x 3rds, + 1x7th) to put him in 6th place overall. Well done Markus ! Jack also had 4 top 10 finishes (1x5th, 1x6th + 2x7th’s) to put him in 14th position overall. Maddie had a good 1st day finishes of 42nd 28th, 41st + 33rd, a great effort. Maddie has made great progress this year + is getting better with each regatta. She finished 46th overall.

DAY 2.Sam didn’t have a great 1st day, but worked hard on Sunday with Mike feeding him extra water + Sausages left over from Friday nights BBQ. Sam finished 10th in the first race + followed up with a 35th, 44th + 45th, to finish 50th overall.

DAY 3.Tsunami day wasn’t a complete waste, as southern hospitality kicked in (Not all south islanders hate Jaffa’s) + we ended up being hosted at a Blenheim winery for the afternoon (Thanks Richard & Ange). Kids had a swim in the pool, followed by games of touch rugby + forceback. It was great to see the young sailors making new friends + spending time with each other, rather than just being rivals on the water, it really was a great “chill-out” time for them. Parents did a little wine + beer tasting of course, then the hosts cooked up a wonderful afternoon lunch (+ desert) + then drove us all to the airport in time for our 8pm return flight. Didn’t even have to do the dishes! Fantastic. Jayvee Buchanan took out 1st place, followed by Local Hero Taylor Burn, then Liam Closey from Murray’s bay in 3rd position. Peter Wilkinson + crew showed us the darker side of Kohi club, by turning into sword waving Pirates, complete with pirate flag. A big Parrot would have been a nice touch! The Pirate boat also doubled as our lunch boat, thanks Peter & crew. The only turbulence on the return flight was from Mr. Simpson ”senior”, being told off for throwing lollies around the cabin during flight, not quite terrorism, but something to watch out for.

The End!

For more photos see the Optimist Gallery
Full results http://qcyc.org.nz/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

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