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Wakatere Opti Invitation Regatta 5 February

What a perfect weekend we had for a return to sailing at Wakatere! On Saturday we had the Opti (and Starling) invitation regatta. 103 boats attended – 32 in Green fleet, 59 in Open fleet and 12 Starlings.  

Thanks to all the parent helpers, who made the day run like clockwork.

We had 41 Opti’s sailing the regatta from Wakatere, so perhaps we might just get to 50 for the Nationals!?

Success stories from the Wakatere Invitation Regatta:

It was great to see Markus Somerville back on the water after being unwell, getting second – Eliza Wilkinson from Kohimarama won and showed the boys how to do it! Wakatere had 4 in the top 10:

Markus                         2nd

Sam Barnett                 7th

Rory McCutcheon         8th

Aidan Nicholas             10th

It was good to see some new faces stepping into and sailing comfortably in the open fleet:

Marsanne Jordan         46th

Kate Stewart                47th

Finn Dalbeth                49th

Leo Pagani                    50th

Xanthe Copeland          51st

Celia Willison               54th

Olivia Koller                 55th

Dan Finnemore              59th


In the Opti Green fleet we welcomed some new faces to regatta attendance also, with Emily Dol and Nelson Greenwood, new in from learn to sail courses, sailing comfortably in the fleet.

Murrays Bay secured the medals, but James Grover Grey took 4th place. Sophie Andrews secured 7th and Matt Brewer showed loads of progress with a 9th.

Full results are on the main club website under regatta results.

Neil Wallace was on the loose with a new camera and has posted some pics of the Green fleet at https://picasaweb.google.com/wakatere/GreenFleetSailorsAtWakatere?pli=1#

2011 Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta

The Auckland Anniversary Regatta was held in some testing conditions this year. There were 47 entries but only a hardy 28 arrived at the start line for race one, by race two the fleet was down to 23 and race three 20.

Well done to those sailors who attended and completed all of the races.

Leonard Takahashi-Fry was the first Wakatere sailor in 9th.

Well done to Tim Adiar, Sam Wallis and Chris Coleman for finishing all three races, and Rory McCutcheon for finishing two.

Full results at



2011_aunats_rigging_for_racing.jpgHosting Australia's largest Optimist regatta ever, Pittwater staged the Australian Nationals with 2011_au_nats_nia_and_leonard.jpg172 competitors from Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Japan and Germany in what was a very low scoring top five. NZ sailors included Wakatere's Tim Adair (5th place overall) and Leonard Takahashi (13th) and Worser Bay's William Novak (23rd).

After a lengthy registration and measurement process for every boat, we finally got onto the water to check out the course which lay a good 40 minute sail out behind Scotland Island. With a wide range of conditions this regatta suited the all-round sailors who could pick the fickle shifts and sail in very heavy, moderate and extremely light airs. Day one's drama unfolded in the first race when Tim finished in 2nd place only to discover he had been called OCS in what seemed a marginal call. Last year's winner Nia Jerwood emerged the early leader. Leonard finished the day in 10th place with fellow Kiwis, William scoring 2nd place in race 2 and Tim scoring a bullet (1st) in race 4.

Steadily building to a peak of 27 knots NNE on day 2, serious fitness was called for. The first critical drop came into play with Tim jumping to 5th place overall. Leonard sailed a great race 6 easily crossing the line 1st, only to discover he had been OCS causing him to slip back to 17th place.



Day 3 saw teams' racing in a fresh 15-20 knot north easterly, gusting to 25 knots.


The format saw eight teams sail off one another in double elimination series, where a team that loses two

races is eliminated. The teams were made up of a combination of Club, State and an International team comprising the New Zealanders (Tim , Leonard , William ) and a Japanese entrant (Ben Perkins). Team WA won all their four races taking 1st place, with the International team coming joint 3rd.



2011_au_nats_chris_faceplant_img_3660.jpg2011_au_nats_leonard_jump.jpgDay 4

After a lay day for some serious R&R at the beach and Sydney's oldest fun park (Luna Park), day 4 revealed considerably less wind. In very fickle WNW wind of barely 2-5 knots, only one race was completed.

Race eight flight A saw Chris Charlwood from WA get his first win of the regatta to move him into 2nd place. Second place went to Tim Adair who showed great consistency. With one day left, only five points separated the top six places.

The final day revealed another frustrating day for the race committee with barely enough wind to race all day. The first and only race of the day got away in a dead northerly before shifting left. After a general recall, the Z 2011_au_nats_team_nz_wakatere.jpgflag was raised and Leonard won the start clearly at the pin end of the line playing the shifts, going left then right, then up the middle on the first beat to round the top mark in front. The wind shifted and then died out with the


thoughts of blowing the race going through the mind of the PRO. Leonard opted for a lane on the right hand side of the course on the run to the finish to hang in there to take the win in a very close finish over Tyrone Gowans.

West Australian Chris Charlwood (720) clinched a bullet in the 2nd flight to pull into a one point lead and thus win the championship over last year's champion Nia Jerwood. Tim Adair finished 5th overall, having led the final race until he rounded the bottom mark with a clear lead and then a massive 180 degree shift in 0-2 knots of breeze saw him move from 1st to 12 place and helpless to prevent it.

With only 9 races sailed out of an anticipated 12, the race committee ran out of time and options and the sailors for opportunities for a second drop. This event selected the Australian international teams for the top 22, including the top 5 to represent Australia at the 2011 Words in Napier. We expect to see a lot of interest in the NZ nationals at Wakatere.

Many thanks to coach Chris Steele for stepping in at short notice to provide his wealth of knowledge and support on and off the water. Full results available http://www.yachting.org.au/site/yachting/event/31150/overall_1_1.html

New Caledonia Optimist Nationals

First ever Kiwi success at New Caledonia Optimist Nationals.

Patrick Haybittle a member of the NZIODA Optimist Development team has taken out the New Caledonia Optimist Nationals.

Congratulations Patrick, Coach Briar and Team Manager (and proud Dad) Brian.

Check out the full story on Sail-World


The Optimist Development Team is selected from the top 5 11yr & top 5 12yr olds at the NZ Opti Nationals each year so keep up the training team, you can go places.

2010 Wakatere Junior Regatta

The Wakatere Junior regatta was sailed on Sat Dec 11th in breezy southwesterly conditions. There were some fairly strong tides in the morning (with some Green fleet sailors taking quite a while to get across the start line).There were 111 boats entered with 44 boats in the Open fleet and 36 in the Green fleet. There were 45 Optis from Wakatere entered. It was great to see some sailors moving up to the Open fleet, and some newer sailors (including some who only completed their Learn to Sail course in October) having a go at the Green fleet regatta – with some real success.

Well done to Tim Adair who came 2nd in the Open fleet and Mathew Jacobi who came 3rd in the Green fleet.

Notable Open fleet Results:

Leonard Takahashi                          8th

Chris Coleman                                 9th

Sam Barnett                                     10th

Rory McCutcheon                            11th

New to Open fleet:

Olivia Koller                                     38th

Levi de Isle                                       43rd.

Notable Green Fleet Results:

Joe Pearson                                      4th

Marsanne Jordan                             5th ( AND a spot prize!!)

Jonathan Barnett                             6th

Highlights: Emily Dol 23rd – first regatta after completing Learn to Sail in October.

This is the last regatta for this half of the season, so well done to all of those sailors who have taken the opportunity to advance their skills in sailing. There will be lots of sailing after Christmas with a range of coaching sessions and regattas, cumulating with the 2011 Toyota Opti Nationals at Easter at Wakatere.

The Open and Express coaching program has been worked out for after Christmas – if you would like a copy of the coaching plans, email Terry on terry@nicholas.co.nz

Once you have decided, sign up at http://www.wakatere.org.nz/cms/index.php?option=com_seminar&Itemid=109 as soon as possible.

The Sunday AM program continues to run after Chistmas as usual.

Good luck to Markus Somerville sailing in the Opti worlds in Malaysia over Christmas, and Tim Adiar sailing in the Australian Nationals over the break also.

Patrick Haybittle from Naval Point Club in Canterbury, won the New Caledonia Opti Nationals this week  in Noumea. He and his sister were sailing off Wakatere several Thursdays ago taking the opportunity to be coached by Chris Steele after Chris donated a days coaching to a recent fundraiser for the Opti Worlds team. See the article at http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Nid=78134&refre=y&ntid=118&rid=6

Dont forget to sign up for the two one-day Opti clinics being held for Wakatere Opti sailors on January 22nd and 25th. Sign up at http://www.wakatere.org.nz/cms/index.php?option=com_seminar&Itemid=109

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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,
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