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Written by Mind Games   
Monday, 22 March 2010 12:04

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.

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




Last Updated on Monday, 22 March 2010 12:46
South Island Opti Champs 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Neil Wallis   
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 20:44

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!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 20:58
Club Picnics in Keel-boat Style PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 February 2010 23:23



Sunday 21st February was the annual club picnic which this year was different as we invited our friends from Devonport Yacht Club to supply the boats whilst Wakatere supplied bags of fun.

With an outstanding turnout of fast and graceful keelboats, we  raced off to Castor Bay (having been warned off Rangitoto's wasp-infestation).

Not your usual Narrow Neck beach Sunday morning sight, we welcomed our transport for the day and quickly teamed up for the race.

Simple rules with the promise of lunch, games and prizes meant we set off in earnest. With little wind behind us, spinnakers unfurled and we made our way to Castor Bay.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 March 2010 19:50
Junior Sail Auckland 13th - 14th Feb Kohi PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mindgames   
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 07:51

Junior Sail Auckland is one of the biggest regattas of the season for Opti sailors and is sailed off Kohimarama Yacht Club the week after Sail Auckland, which is a grade 1 ISAF world ranking regatta for Olympic and other senior classes.


There were 120 entries in the Opti open fleet and 53 in the Opti Green fleet. Wakatere had 13 sailors in the Open fleet and 6 in the Green fleet.


On Saturday the westerly wind freshened to 20-30 knots, which was fairly challenging for a lot of sailors, but on Sunday the breezes were variable.

As always Kohi offered us a challenging chop and tidal flow, which is why we travel to regattas, to learn to sail in a variety of conditions.


We were lucky enough to have Susannah Pyatt coaching the Open fleet sailors, and she ran a really informative briefing for all of the sailors at 9:30 each morning and checked that the boats were set up correctly.


Congratulations to:


Jonathon Weston with a 2nd place in the Green fleet .

Marcus Somerville with a 4th and Jack Simpson 8th in the Open fleet.

Maddie Brogan with a 30th in open fleet being the first Wakatere girl in Open ( Girls note: the regatta was won by Olivia Mackay in style).

Harry Elworthy, coming from Green last spring and getting a very creditable 60th place, almost half way up the fleet!

Joseph Gibb-Pearson 11th in Green going hard in the breezy races.

Scott Macky 2nd place in the last race in Green.

Jessica Berry - First Green Fleet regatta.


Full results:






for me it was one of those regattas which showed that determination and a never say die attitude will give you results - both in the heavy airs and the light airs.


Wakatere showed the way with huge parental support, great team work in getting all the boats to Kohi ( still need to recruit a driver for the big trailer), getting the sailors prepared and having fun - thanks to all of the parents who willingly gave up their weekend to be there in support. There were ample support boats to support the sailors...its good to see a familiar face at the end of a long windy race.




Taking a few RIB's in convoy across to Kohi was a fun start to the Saturday morning for some of the sailors ( and their parents).


Mike Simpson teaching the sailors about the importance of drinking water and proper food  - ask him about baked beans!?


Figuring out how to get across a startline with 120 boats on it! ( NB: there is no wind in the middle in row 4)


Susannah offering chocolate bars in exchange for OCS ( Bribe to get everyone on the start line).


Marcus's maveric tactical ability to pick shifts and wind pressure to make up 40 places in a race.


Izzy Hawkins winning a TV at the spot prizes.


Big smiles on everyone faces after a long weekend!!


BMW Oracle winning the Americas cup ( who stayed up?).


Well done to everyone, and especially thanks Mike Simpson for the Organisational genuis!

P class Nationals- Tauranga Cup 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2010 21:28

P nats this year were held in lyttelton Christchurch, and the regatta was, in a few words “freezing and hard work, but awesome fun and a great regatta”.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 March 2010 19:54
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