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2010 Sir Peter Blake Regatta

The 2010 Sir Peter Blake regatta at Torbay delivered everything we hoped for – a wonderful experience, the largest regatta in New Zealand (467 sailors were entered), light winds, good results and personal achievements and some insights into the life and personality of the late Sir Peter Blake.

As the Commodore of Torbay Sailing Club said, Sir Peter would no doubt be proud of the event and the sailors over the weekend.

Wakatere had 40 Opti sailors in attendance – 20 in the Open Fleet and 20 in the Green Fleet....a record turn out. Wakatere sailors and their coaches ( Max) secured podium finishes on 6 of the 7 classes they sailed in over the weekend.

Congratulations to Markus Somerville who finished 2nd in the Open Fleet (106 boats), and Jonathon Barnett who finished 2nd ( equal on points with first) in the Green Fleet ( 85 boats).

Notable Open Fleet performances:

Tim Adair                                             6th

Leonard Takahashi                            8th

Sam Barnett                                       14th

Sam Wallis                                           18th

Jonathon Weston                              25th

Aidan Nicholas                                  32nd

Max Hayman                                     40th

Chris Coleman                                   44th

New to Open fleet:

Airi Kawana                                        61st

Finn Dalbeth                                      79th

Highlight: Harry Milne 13th in race 4.


Notable performances in the Green Fleet:

James Grover –Grey                            7th

Olivia Koller                                        11th

Jonathan Nicholas                             18th

New to Green fleet: 

Jacob Lerner                                      53rd

Christopher Wright                           56th

Oscar Elworthy                                  61st

Robbie McCutcheon                         83rd.

Highlight: Olivia Koller’s progress in Green fleet and her 3rd in the last race.

These results show the benefit from a load of sailing over winter and spring, so well done to all of those sailors who have made the effort to put some time on the water – now you can see the reward for the efforts!

The results of the regatta can be found at http://www.sportsground.co.nz/files/Site/741/9/Pdf/101206141542XNZBGFUC.pdf

Roger Pearson was on the loose with his camera and his new lens – take a look at http://little-big-super-city.smugmug.com/Sailing/December-2010

In case you missed it, TV 1 ran an item on the regatta at http://tvnz.co.nz/othersports-news/sir-peter-blake-s-legacy-continues-grow-1-49-video-3943351

Photos for 2010 Optimist North Islands Taupo

Newly added photos from the 2010 North Island Championships at Taupo. Follow the link



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.

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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